MDR works with schools to reach the common goal of increasing the number of teenagers who are aware that overexposure to destructive media images influences violent behavior, risky sexual behavior, negative body image and cultural/gender stereotypes. MDR provides healthy media and lifestyle alternatives to teens by training them to be critical thinkers, decision makers, conscious consumers and creators of media in the Digital Age.
MDR does this by training college students as media literacy mentors. Our college mentors research issues in media and use MDR’s unique curriculum model to create media literacy workshops for middle and high school teens.
In the words of Eric Sanchez, Photography and Physics teacher at Esteban E. Torres High School, “I want to thank you and your mentors for excellent presentations. I’ve been teaching for 25 years and I couldn’t do a better job. [MDR Mentors] gave an eye opener about ‘Unattainable Body Image in Magazines.’ The class was spellbound. [MDR Mentors] presented on Gender Stereotypes—‘Breaking the Box’ stirred up emotional controversy among the students but was well appreciated. Would like to have them back again.”
Media Done Responsibly is a project of the Pasadena Arts Council’s EMERGE Fiscal Sponsorship Program. Pasadena Arts Council is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization. Donations to Media Done Responsibly are tax deductible to the full extent of the law under Federal ID 95-2540759.