Each Report for America corps member volunteers their time on a student journalism or youth media project. The service projects support the media literacy of young people and help corps members connect to the community in a different way.
Samantha Max taught a weekly podcast workshop at Hutchings Charter College and Career Program, a technical high school in Macon, Ga., and helped each student to produce their own short podcast episode.
Alexandra Watts helped middle school students at the Greenville Renaissance Scholars Program in Greenville, Ms., to develop storytelling and multimedia skills, as they worked on a documentary and a play.
ChrisAnna Mink taught writing, reporting and interviewing skills to middle school students at the Boys & Girls Club in Modesto, Calif., and helped the students publish a newsletter to showcase their work.
Eric Shelton taught photojournalism and visual storytelling workshops to students at the community organization Operation U.P.W.A.R.D., in Jackson, Miss., culminating in a gallery show of the students’ work.
Obed Manuel returned to his alma mater, Skyline High School in Dallas, Texas, to help revive the student newspaper and transition it to an online publication. He advised students and provided one-on-one mentoring.
Shirley Smith provided trainings on journalism skills to high school students at Operation Shoestring, a nonprofit organization in Jackson, Miss. that supports students and families.
Will Wright taught the basics of news writing to fourth and fifth grade students at Adams Elementary School in Floyd County, Ky., and worked with them to create a single-issue newspaper.
Manuela Tobias served as a journalism adviser to high school and early college students at The kNow, an after-school youth media project in Fresno, Calif., that produces a biannual print publication.