Disadvantaged young people from migrant / minority communities those that are not media literate face multiple difficulties to function fully in a digital society and this affects their full and responsible online participation. Furthermore, their voice is often underrepresented in the media and female migrants are even less visible.
The main response to these challenges is to empower young people from migrant and ethnic minority groups (in cooperation with local youth from low socio-economic background) to take the media in their own hands. The project aims to upscale a local project called “Young Journalists” in the framework of this project, young migrants were empowered to run and manage their own newspaper called “Migratory Birds”. All the articles as well as the management of the newspaper were written by the young migrants themselves with the support of a team of media professionals.
In the process of upscaling, the project aims to transfer this practice in 5 other countries and swift the focus from traditional media to digital media. The main objective of the project is to empower young people from disadvantaged backgrounds to equally participate in today’s information society.
The first specific objective of the project is to increase media literacy and digital media skills of the disadvantaged young people through their empowerment to run and manage their own digital media. The second objective is to increase the skills of professionals to implement digital media training programs that will be effective for the specific target group. The project is going to develop a method on the training of disadvantaged youth in digital media. Then it si going to organise training for professionals and training for the youth. At the end the disadvantaged youth will be empowered to manage their own media.