Over the weekend, The LAMP wrapped up a six-week session with a group of teens in Queens who created their own Public Service Announcements (PSAs) talking back to issues of discrimination, bias and bullying. The workshops were held in partnership with the New York City Commission on Human Rights (NYCCHR). We are so proud of our students, who wrote, shot, directed, edited and acted in the PSAs which will soon be available from the NYCCHR website, used in the hundreds of presentations conducted by the NYCCHR every year, and broadcast on local television stations.
It is a sad truth that media are often complicit in creating and reinforcing stereotypes and celebrating bully behavior through reality television shows, advertising, video games and much more. These students should be commended for using media to fight back against the media, replacing messages of hate with messages of respect. At the same time, they also learned how to create their own media, and how they can use their new skills to make their voices heard and effect positive change in their communities. Watch the PSAs below: