Akaku launches new youth program

Akaku Maui Community Television has launched a new youth program for alumni of its Youth Broadband Education & Awareness Mentoring training certification.

The Akaku Youth Media Exchange targets the skills learned in YBEAM, giving youths additional field production mentoring on real jobs.

AYME youth are offered stipends for producing mobile field stories in their communities with professional mentoring. The unique component of the program is offering community partners the opportunity to utilize youth talents by participating in the AYME “match”; the partner supplies stipend match funding that goes directly to the youth, matching Akaku’s stipend 50-50. Akaku provides mentoring, equipment, transportation, administrative support and a meal to working youth producers assigned a story.

YBEAM was spearheaded with a Federal Broadband Technology Opportunities Program grant to teach youth broadband principles through video production in an all-mobile environment. Youth producers shoot, edit and distribute stories from the field to both the Internet and Akaku cable channels. Both programs are supported by Akaku and grants from The Fred Baldwin Foundation, The Atherton Foundation and the Bank of Hawaii Mike Lyons Maui Community Award. YBEAM is offered free for youth ages 12 to 19.

To watch youth stories visit www.mauitube.org or watch cable Channel 55. For more information on applying to YBEAM or about being an AYME partner, call Kat Tracy of Akaku at 871-5554.