Youth Media Exchange Final Project Report


Youth Media Exchange ( is a social network that enables youth to exchange and discuss digital media on global issues that they create, or that exists elsewhere on the Web. The website was created by TakingITGlobal and Global Kids, in collaboration with Asia Society, to educate and empower young people around the world to become creative producers and critical consumers of digital media about global issues through a social networking environment that provides directed learning activities. The directed activities (including survey questions, focused group discussions, media production, and contests) aimed to link the MacArthur Digital Media and Learning Initiative research goals with the Youth Media Exchange program. An advisory board comprised of MacArthur Foundation grantees was also formed to guide the project partners for this particular goal.

The pilot focused on the creation, organization, and dissemination of youth produced digital media addressing a wide range of global and social issues in innovative ways. By building on the TakingITGlobal community platform and existing media uploading sites such as Flickr and YouTube, allows users to share both first and third party digital media. The site incorporates a youth development approach to learning through “Quests”, guided steps to engage in a global issue while learning to use digital media to effectively explore the issue; “Resources”, member submissions of online tools and free open source software to find, create and upload media on1 the Internet, as well as online resources on global issues; and “Youth Guides” , a mentorship system for members age 13 to 17 to facilitate peer-to-peer learning and engagement. The learning activities on focused on the global issues most important to the community identified through a pre-registration survey and site activity. These issues included global health, migration, access to education, environment, and poverty.

TakingITGlobal in Partnership with Global Kids & Asia Society
Publication Date
Thursday, April 15, 2010