The CTV Teens Young Lenses program works to create short-term, intensive media literacy workshops for young people ages 11-14. Through active and collaborative deconstruction of mainstream media, coupled with the creation of their own issue-inspired media, students explore issues of popular representation, stereotypes, identity and empowerment.
The program begins with a screening of a film meant to inspire a conversation between participants, parents, and CTV Teens staff. Parents are encouraged to attend the screening with their child(ren) if able. Participants then receive media literacy and basic camera training through hands-on instruction. Themes and issues presented in the documentary will be discussed as participants work through the production process to create original videos. Examples of projects include PSAs, six word memoirs, video poems and commercial parodies. Snacks and fun provided.
The program ends with a public screening of the final projects. Parents are again strongly encouraged to attend and to continue the dialogue with their child(ren) after the program ends.
Young Lenses videos air on CTV Channel 15, which can be seen by Comcast cable-subscribers within CTV’s nine cities: Arden Hills, Falcon Heights, Lauderdale, Little Canada, Mounds View, New Brighton, North Oaks, Roseville and St. Anthony. Videos will also be shared online and with other community television organizations. Exceptional work will be submitted to youth film festivals and contests throughout the country. Click here to view our Young Lenses YouTube playlist!
GIRLS IN FOCUS
In partnership with the Ramsey County Libraries, Young Lenses: Girls In Focus offers a fun and inspirational media-making experience to girls ages 11-14. The program begins with a screening of Miss Representation, a documentary by Jennifer Siebel Newsom that “exposes how mainstream media contribute to the under-representation of women in positions of power and influence in America.” Please be advised that Miss Representation is a critical discussion on the way women are portrayed in the media and includes imagery related to issues such as domestic violence and abuse. This program encourages girls to examine the representations of women in mainstream media, to connect with other young women and to explore storytelling through video production.
BOYS IN FOCUS
In partnership with the Ramsey County Libraries, Young Lenses: Boys In Focus offers a fun and inspirational media-making experience to boys ages 11-14. The program begins with a screening of The Mask You Live In, a documentary by Jennifer Siebel Newsom that “follows boys and young men as they struggle to stay true to themselves while negotiating America’s narrow definition of masculinity.” This program encourages boys to think more critically about the representations of masculinity in mainstream media, engage in real dialogue about those themes and to explore storytelling through video production.
YOUNG LENSES: GIRLS IN FOCUS IS COMING TO THE SHOREVIEW LIBRARY!
June 12-17, CTV will be bringing Young Lenses: Girls In Focus to the Shoreview Library.
Interested? Click here to register!
Screening of Miss Representation*
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*Monday's screening of Miss Representation will take place at CTV North Suburbs. All other screenings and workshops take place at Shoreview Library.
THE DEADLINE TO REGISTER FOR YOUNG LENSES @ ROSEVILLE LIBRARY IS MAY 26TH AT 4:00PM