It is up to the field as a whole to help students critique media, avoid stereotypes, and act out new identities.
TCYMN represents a successful, decade-strong model of community, cross-organizational support and maximizing opportunities for youth and practitioners within a local, regional network.
In the youth media field especially, the tools and practices of journalism mirror the fundamental concept of story-telling, engagement and local political change.
The youth media field can learn from artists and media art educators that apply a creative, inventive, and experimental aspect to teen media makers.
If the aim of youth media is to have youth voice heard and recognized by an audience, the Youth Video Exchange Network is the pipeline for the field to increase our efforts and those of the young people we serve.
Partnerships between high schools, universities, and youth media educators can encourage young Somali youth in the Twin Cities—who have been marginalized by news media—to create better news and media vehicles that accurately represent their perspectives and local communities.