This site catalogs programs & tools to (1) encourage youth expression and (2) explore impact of media & technology on youth. By default, programs & tools are listed based based on on the date of their addition to this site. Use the search box or click on a category to narrow results to a specific area of interest. This site has been curated by SLB Radio Productions with support from The Grable Foundation to support the Kids + Creativity Initiative.  Comments and suggestionsare welcome.

In 1996 the Committee on the Rights of the Child, which advises governments on their implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child held a consultation on children and the media.

A working group then began to explore the issues involved in developing a positive relationship between children and the media. In 1988, the Norwegian Government and UNICEF initiated a process that would identify examples of good practice, forge cooperative links among the many sectors involved, and produce resources to encourage further developments in the field.

In November 1999, young people involved in media projects, media professionals and child rights experts gathered in the Norwegian capital Oslo to discuss the role the media can play in the development of children’s rights throughout the world, under five headings:

• Children’s right of access to the media, including new media

• Children’s right to media education and literacy

• Children’s right to participate in the media

• Children’s right to protection from harm in the media and violence on the screen

• The media’s role in protecting and promoting children’s rights

From their deliberations emerged the Oslo Challenge.

The Oslo Challenge Network was set up for professionals and organizations working in the field of children and the media to share information and ideas. This network – now known as the MAGIC Network – communicates through an email group. If you would like to join this group, just go to the Join MAGIC section of this website.

The Arts Greenhouse is a free hip-hop music education program serving Pittsburgh teenagers through the resources of Carnegie Mellon. Thus far, this goal has been met through music technology classes, workshops on special topics relating to hip-hop, and performances that bring socially conscious artists to Pittsburgh. (more…)


Billed as a “School for Digital Kids”, Quest to Learn (Q2L) is a school scheduled to open in Fall 2009 that is “committed to helping every student to achieve excellence in the skills and literacies necessary for college and career readiness. We believe that students today can and do learn in different ways, often through interaction with digital media and games. Q2L builds on this belief to create a nurturing and vibrant 6th-12th grade school environment that supports all students in the pursuit of academic excellence, social responsibility, respect for others, and a passion for lifelong learning.”

Say It Loud is a youth film that explores the importance of education for African-American boys. When Jordan Coleman was 10 years old he became a voice over actor on Nickelodeon’s Nick, Jr.  show The Backyardigans;  he’s the voice of Tyrone the Moose.  Jordan’s parents challenged him to use some of his earnings to make a positive contribution to his community.  He hired a film crew and began interviewing African-American boys and men for “Say It Loud”. (more…)

VIEW Conference is “the premiere international event in Italy on Computer Graphics, Interactive Techniques, Digital Cinema, 3D Animation, Gaming and VFX.  VIEW 2009 will continue to focus on exploring the increasingly fluid boundary between real and digital worlds. Through lectures, meetings, tributes, exhibits, screenings and demo presentations VIEW will reveal the new digital frontier sweeping from cinema to architecture, from automotive design to advertisement, from medicine to videogames.”

An arts education program for youths 13-18 that teaches students how to use the equipment of a professional recording studio to create their own CD project from conception to completion.

Program involves  60-second videos made by young people (between the ages of 12 and 20) from all over the world. Over 1900 videos have been made to date.

Generation PRX is a project of the Public Radio Exchange to support, connect and distribute youth-produced radio.  A tremedous, resource and content-rich website with teaching aides, well-curated links and an anthology of content from multiple youth radio programs.

Youth Radio Vermont is a program of the Vermont Folklife Center in Middlebury, VT that trains kids in the art of radio documentary production. The program gives kids the skills to develop, produce, and edit stories about themselves and the communities where they live.

Youth Radio Vermont got its start in 2006. In its first year, the program touched down in Middlebury, Rutland, Tinmouth, and Montpelier, Vermont. Youth Radio Vermont is just getting underway with a new class of kids at Winooski High School.

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