Program Details

Program Name: Youth Media Symposium

Category : Youth Initiatives

DESCRIPTION: The Youth Media Symposium (YMS) is a youth leadership program developed by the Abbott Leadership Institute (ALI), with a particular emphasis on developing youth voice and community leadership. Over the last nine years our YMS program has served over 175 students in 15 high schools, developing a core group of young people who engage their social responsibility to help improve their city, with a specific skillset in media production not offered in traditional public schools. As a measure of success, we have seen ten of the students become the most eloquent, powerful and transformative student leaders in Newark. Our relationship with Rutgers Newark brings our students to a college campus daily, and the skill sets developed through YMS are evident long after the students have graduated from high school.