GlobalGirl Media

As of June 2012, GGM has implemented initiatives in seven cities in South Africa, Morocco, Chicago and L.A., training more than 120 young women, who have produced 150 video features using traditional camera and sound; 85 mobile journalism pieces on I-pod touch devices; and 200 blog reports that were distributed through trans-media platforms, predominantly online, but also including print, broadcast TV and cable, cell phones, radio and social media. We have built a significant social media following, with 5,000 visitors per month to our website, 4,800 Twitter followers and 3,500 Facebook members (across four regional groups). Our work has been supported by the Nike Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, Soros Foundation, World Bank, Durfee Foundation, McCormick Foundation, Latino Public Broadcasting, Abigail Disney, Eileen Fisher Foundation, and our work has been featured on PBS, ESPN, ABC, NBC, Wall Street Journal, Huffington Post, GritTV, Democracy NOW, KCET, KCRW, Participant’s Take, The Standard (South Africa), Hess Press (Morocco), etc. In Los Angeles, we have trained a total of 30 young women, with 10 still actively working as GlobalGirl “citizen journalists.” We just launched our first webisode series, sponsored by Latino Public Broadcasting and the NEA, featured on (PBS global site). Titled COMO AMAR (“How to Love,”) OTHER LOS ANGELES SUCCES STORIES: * All GlobalGirls who have taken our training in the past two years have graduated high school and are attending college, some with full scholarships to: Wellesley, UC San Diego, UC Berkeley, UC Santa Cruz. * GGM L.A. Reporter Wendy Garcia won 2nd place in the National ConnectHer Video Contest at Harvard * GGM L.A. Reporter Rocio Ortega was selected as the only minority Girl Up! National Spokesperson and won a Congressional Merit Award from Congresswoman Grace Napolitano. * GGM Reporter Imani Crenshaw was featured on the popular online news show: MOMS/Maker’s Studio, generating 40,000 hits. The Huffington Post profiled Global Girl Media and says it is “leading the way in empowering and inspiring our next generation of leaders.” Ambassador Melaane Verveer, from the Global Womens Issues Office at the US State Dept. meets with GGM reporters from LA and South Africa US State Department Participant Media's online community-builder, Take says GGM "tells stories that empower their communities." Seventeen Magazine chose Global Girl Media as the “Cool Charity” that everyone should be on the lookout for. Fast Company named GlobalGirl Media one of the top 5 groups that should win Google’s Journalism Prize.


1 Submitted Idea

  • 2013 Grants Challenge


    Los Angeles is one of the largest producers of media in the world in terms of television and films, and more recently, online/broadband media. The creation and consumption of this media is an integral aspect of growing up in Los Angeles. But with 45% of households in L.A. not earning enough to cover basic expenses, the chances that young people have to influence or participate in media is limited. Even with the explosion of new media formats and delivery platforms, marginalized L.A. youth, particularly young women, continue to be underrepresented both behind the camera and in front of it — creating a “digital divide.” For a city so advanced and connected through film/media technologies, it is still shocking how it is one of the more disconnected cities in terms of integrating neighborhoods, cultural/arts groups, and young people, and how so much of the media industry continues to lock out the female voice. GlobalGirl Media (GGM) develops the voice and media literacy of teenage girls in under-served communities in Los Angeles by teaching them to create and share digital journalism designed to ignite civic engagement and social change. Our model is unique in that it pairs girls in L.A. with girls in the developing world, creating a peer-to-peer international network of girls that communicate via new media, co-producing POV-style journalism content that informs, engages and challenges its audience to action. GGM currently has projects in South Africa, Morocco, Chicago and Los Angeles, where it is headquartered. While teenage girls are by far the most active demographic on social media, they are still more consumers rather than creators. Research has shown that girls’ relationships, self-esteem and school performance are oftentimes negatively impacted by the more time they spend online, (Girl Scout Research Institute, 2011). GGM believes young women need to be creating their own media rather than consuming it. We envision a worldwide movement where young women are learning to challenge, innovate and reshape their worlds through digital media. With the explosive growth of “edutech” and digital learning programs across the nation, GGM sees itself as a collaborative, innovative and leading partner in this movement, by promoting diverse, cross-cultural viewpoints from a demographic rarely heard from in this arena: the young female voice. Founded in 2010, GGM was inspired by other youth media and digital literacy projects in Los Angeles, where community-based journalism, storytelling and filmmaking workshops are reshaping young people’s lives (LA Freewaves, Urban Media Foundation, Intersections South LA, Boyle Heights Beat, Venice Arts, HOLA, Echo Park Film School, etc.) We are proposing a GLOBALGIRLS MEDIA HIVE NETWORK, working together with these like-minded organizations to amplify the civic voices, aspirations and digital networks of girls to realize a more connected, equitable and sustainable future for Los Angeles. We are seeking funding to develop this hive, to be hosted at the Robert F. Kennedy Digital Media Learning Lab, inviting girls from all our networked programs to participate in a weekly after-school digital media lab throughout the school year, with a 4-week intensive kick-off course in the summer of 2013. Our program will train an initial 60 teen-age girls in digital literacy, solutions-based journalism, HD video production, web 2.0 basics, cell phone filming/texting and on-air media training. The girls will work in production teams and select their own subject matter, which will focus on issues of particular relevance to their lives, such as violence against women; sexuality, reproductive rights, education and careers, food and obesity, bullying and cyber relationships, education, arts, sports, music and culture. Visiting lectures by leading women professionals in media are incorporated into the curriculum, and the training also includes field trips to local newspapers, radio and television stations, maker/hacker spaces, youtube studios, etc. Our impact is as global as the reach of the internet and cellphone technology. More than just giving girls the skills they need to create original media--we make sure it’s seen. Our interactive website is a place where girls can safely upload and watch their videos, post blogs, play games, add comments, and interact with young mediamakers throughout the world. After the summer training, The GLOBALGIRLS MEDIA HIVE will become a safe haven/hangout for girls all across Los Angeles who can drop in, create media, share stories and otherwise network with each other throughout the school year. Although there are a finite number of girls being trained each year (60) as GlobalGirl Reporters, the hive hangout will be open to any girl in Los Angeles. Literally a HIVE of activity, girls will be producing local news programs, films, games, phone apps and media content that improves the overall quality of young womens’ lives in Los Angeles.