Pump Up the Volume: Original Youth Music & Media

February 21, 2013

Young people are taking to artistic mediums to share what they think about what they are seeing, hearing and learning. With a beat, some serious editing skills and a desire to be heard, these youth blew us away with their originality and smarts in addressing the issues in way that speaks to them. Thanks to What Kids Can Do for sharing these with us.

Engaging Students through Music: The High School for Recording Arts

At the High School for Recording Arts (HSRA), an independent charter school in St. Louis, MN, is anything but traditional. Using music and the exploration and operation fo the music business, HSRA helps young people realize their full potential. The school focuses on core learning and 21st century skills, and graduates earn a high school diploma and a positive perspective on post-secondary education and life.

HRSA produces awesome videos by and for the students -- and one our favorites is this video, "The Other Side", which addresses the dropout crisis. In this ongoing effort by HSRA, they have teamed up with State Farm, America's Promise Alliance and NBA All Star LeBron James to engage young people to be more than a statistic and beat the odds. 

HSRA sees the dropout epidemic as the nation's next great civil rights issue, and they don't want to stand down. "The Other Side" came out of a class called Poetry in Motion, facilitated by Dan Frey, an adviser and English instructor at HSRA. The class uses a combination of industry beats from the student's childhood, samples from contemporary pop culture, and originally produced tracks from the HSRA studio staff to create original recordings.

More videos and music produced by HSRA >>

 

Reading & Censorship: Video Stories

Each year, the National Coalition Against Censorship challenges young people all across the nation to think about their First Amendment rights and the issue of Free Speech.

The 2013, YOU'RE READING WHAT?!? asked students to express themselves, through film, about a time when a parent or other authority figure disapproved of a reading choice. The winning films are powerful reminders from upstanding youth about the importance of free speech and open minds.

Watch the first- and second-place winning entries below, and click here to see all the compelling finalists.

 

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How inspiring! The youth and educators who are involved in this project are to be commended for excellence. Congratulations!

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