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M.A.P. will help 1000+ teens creatively confront bullying and poor body image by learning media literacy and making zines!
M.A.P. will help 1000+ teens creatively confront bullying and poor body image by learning media literacy and making zines!
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“The information I learned in the Media Action Project was so valuable to me.  It really helped me process my own thoughts on the subject rather than just agreeing with the media and everyone else.”  --Sandra Villegas, age 17, Gateway to College Student

The Media Action Project (MAP) is a four-session outreach program that teaches youth how to critically deconstruct print ads, movies, television commercials, video games and websites in order to examine underlying messages about gender, violence, body image, consumerism, etc, and to consider how these messages might affect their own sense of self and physical health.

After viewing a film on media literacy, students then learn to create their own media in the form of a personal zine–an artful and fun genre with a long tradition of challenging the major media’s authority.  Along with enhancing self-esteem and encouraging positive health choices, one of our major goals is to help transform young people from passive consumers of media into more active and engaged creators of media, art, and culture.

Funding from Kickstarter will help us bring MAP to more than 1000 teens between now and April 2012. It will also help us purchase materials and pay for printing costs for thousands of student zines.

The Staff and Board at the Independent Publishing Resource Center have been seriously troubled by the recent nationwide spate of tragic bullying incidents and subsequent suicides, often involving social media, and mostly directed at teens who don't fit within conventional gender/sexual orientation norms.

This upsetting pattern reminds us of the dire importance of the Media Action Project. MAP helps young people form more realistic, compassionate ideas about media-fueled issues like body image, masculinity/aggression, and consumerism. Moreover, MAP empowers youth to share these new ideas by creating their own zines. Given today’s volatile cultural climate and the barrage of media directed at youth, it’s a program with the potential to not only change lives, but also to save them.

The IPRC implements MAP at a number of treatment centers, libraries, and youth center, but we focus mainly on public middle schools and high schools.  Unfortunately, as statewide education budgets dwindle, fewer and fewer classrooms can afford to host a MAP residency.  This is where we need your help--please contribute to the Media Action Project on Kickstarter and help us empower over 1000 teens to create their own zines.

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    Receive a letterpress thank you postcard, plus a handmade zine created by teenagers in the Media Action Project.

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    Receive a letterpress thank you postcard, a handmade zine created by teens in the Media Action Project, plus a three-month membership (or renewal) at the Independent Publishing Resource Center.

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    Receive a letterpress thank you postcard, a student-made Media Action Project zine, plus a one-year membership (or renewal) to the Independent Publishing Resource Center. We'll also throw in an IPRC button.

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    Receive a letterpress thank you postcard, a student-made Media Action Project zine, plus a one-year membership (or renewal) to the Independent Publishing Resource Center. We'll also enroll you in the Zine of the Month club, wherein you'll receive a fresh zine in your mailbox every month for one year. And finally, we'll throw in a limited edition Audiozine, featuring readings by excellent zinesters like "Dishwasher" Pete Jordan.

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    Receive a letterpress thank you postcard, a student-made Media Action Project zine, plus a two-year membership (or renewal) to the Independent Publishing Resource. We'll also enroll you the Zine of the Month club, wherein you'll receive a fresh zine in the mail every month for two years. Not only that, but we'll throw in an IPRC t-shirt, featuring the "IPRC State Seal" logo, as well as a limited edition IPRC Audiozine and a handmade blank journal.

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    Receive a letterpress thank you postcard, a student-made Media Action Project zine, plus a three-year IPRC membership (or renewal). We'll also enroll you in the Zine of the Month club, wherein you'll receive a fresh zine in the mail each month for three years. We'll also throw in a t-shirt featuring the IPRC "State Seal," the limited edition IPRC Audiozine, and a handmade blank journal. Finally, we'll design and print a package of letterpress stationary/greeting cards featuring your name and an image of your choice.

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    Receive all of the above incentives, plus we'll create an annual scholarship in your name (or the name of your choice). This scholarship will bring the Media Action Project to a local public school every year for the next three years, at no cost to the participating school.

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