IMPACT Family Center's most well-known programs revolve around youth learning technical skills and techniques that keep them to stay up-to-date in the 21st Century. Digital Media Exploration (DME) gives skills-based learning in journalism, digital media, public relations, and more. By the end of the Digital Media program, students will have the knowledge and training in the areas of: script writing, networking, research and development, video production, etc. Youth are encouraged to build lasting relationships with their teammates and even pursue the various fields covered in program, although not required.
Digital Media Exploration Est. 2005
Digital Multimedia Exploration (D.M.E) is an apprenticeship program for high school students ages 14-19. D.M.E was established in the fall of 2005, as it would be the start of IMPACT’s partnership with After School Matters to provide a stipend for the teens.
Veteran journalist and producer, Marsha Eaglin started the original program at her church home Bethel House of Prayer. She says the need for her to make a greater IMPACT in her community led her to leave the newsroom at CBS 2 Chicago. The growing rate of illiteracy, under-educated individuals, and rapidly growing gap between the urban African American community and technology created the brain child for Digital Media, only later would it become a full sequence of possibilities for the youth to be given a voice.
Eaglin designed the program to offer skills-based training in journalism, digital media, public relations, layout and design, and photography for youth to compete at a professional level and produce works of the like. During program, students are required to complete several projects. Depending on their performance level, students produce a music video, public service, news stories, and/ or a youth-led podcast. See below.
The youth use a news journal, then known as Our Voice: A Teen’s Perspective, as a platform to speak about pressing local and global issues of violence, community policing, education and employment to name a few. Students choose stories they find important about issues they are passionate about to create written articles. Students learn about leads and how to capture audiences with their various stories. Giving a unique perspective as writers, helps to show the world that these young minds are always paying attention and care about what is going on in the world around them.
Usually, when you hear about Chicago’s Southside you hear about gun violence, a trauma-related issue, from youth ages 14-25. But, IMPACT Family Center teens are changing the narrative. The podcast NewGen Voices is a teen-hosted news segment featured from IMPACT Family Center’s Digital Media Exploration program.
Through the guidance of the youth’s instructors, they are able to research and discuss relevant topics that they otherwise would not be able to mainstream. The podcast curriculum and production allows these youth to get a sneak peek into different roles of the broadcasting world. They get hands on experience working with cameras, writing scripts, and impromptu interviewing.
Broadcast journalism is a very important factor at IMPACT, because students are taught the skills needed to be successful in every aspect of the broadcast field. IMPACT Student News allows for teens to explore what it takes to be in front of the camera and how it feels to be on a set of a newscast.. Students transform their written articles into broadcast news stories, and learn what makes these stories different.
IMPACT Student News
What Our Clients Are Saying
"IMPACT is doing great things in the community. I especially love that they have nurtured my child's graphic design talent. They also have an outstanding mentoring program. Much respect to Ms. Marsha and her staff!" -Dean Fitzpatrick, 5 Star Rating via Facebook