MCM Youth Media Academy Teaches Youth Valuable Skills for Media Making and for Life

The Winter/Spring 2021 8-week session of the MCM Youth Media Academy ended this past Thursday, April , 2021. Over the course of the program, participants learned on Tuesdays how to edit on their mobile phones, how to develop and produce a web series, how to create audio and video files, and other technical skills as they engaged in field assignments. On Thursdays, they conducted interviews and produced the web series/television show ArtsEnPower which airs on Mondays at 4:30pm on Montgomery County, Md cable access channel 19.

Participants included youth in grades 8-12 who were both enrolled in Montgomery County Public Schools and homeschooled. All youth earned SSL hours for their time spent producing ArtsEnPower. Three of the six participants from the selective program shared feedback on what they found valuable about the program and working on ArtsEnPower.

  1. “I Learned How to Collaborate” (Mareya)

2. “Taught Me How to Produce Content in a Very Short Time Frame.” (Khari)

3. Helped Me Get Better with Editing (Allen)

Applications for the summer MCM Youth Media Academy are open now. Learn more at


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Khadijah Ali-Coleman, Ed.D.

About Khadijah Ali-Coleman, Ed.D.

The ArtsEnPower blog is curated by MCM’s Director of Education and Community Engagement, Khadijah Ali-Coleman, EdD. Dr. Ali-Coleman is founding director of Liberated Muse Arts Group, a Maryland State Arts Council Individual Artist awardee and 2020 Quadrant Playwright Fellow with Theater Alliance in Washington DC. She has taught at schools throughout the area, including Montgomery College, Northern Virginia Community College and Morgan State University. Growing up in both Montgomery County and Prince George’s County, MD, she was born in Washington DC and has shared her art within the region for more than 20 years as a performer and teaching artist.


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