Digital media and the passion of young people to change the world are a powerful combination. STREAM amplifies youth voice by providing students, educators, and community leaders with the resources to establish youth-focused citizen journalism initiatives in their own communities. STREAM's offerings include:
- A multi-media digital publishing platform for student journalist stories;
- Extensive resources for youth citizen journalists, including downloadable guides, instructional videos, on-line workshops, and access to experts for interviews;
- In-person training workshops with industry professionals and leadership programs for youth in the field of environmental journalism; and
- The distribution of exemplary student stories through local and national outlets.
No matter where you live, there are ways your city or town can “go greener” through the innovative use of your Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) skills. Planet Connect and Staples want HS students to demonstrate in a 30 second – 120 second video how one or more of the elements of STEM can help green your city or town. What have you learned in the classroom about how science, technology, engineering, or math could be used to help make your town or city greener, more sustainable and a model for 21st century living?
In 2010, EarthEcho International committed to empowering youth in the Gulf Coast region and elsewhere through a new citizen journalism initiative, STREAM (STudents Reporting Environmental Action through Media). Responding to feelings of powerlessness among young people in the wake of the oil spill disaster, EarthEcho founded STREAM to empower youth to act as citizen journalists and amplify their voices. STREAM will elevate youth voices and journalistic narratives about water, solutions to environmental challenges, and youth leadership around these issues in a media landscape currently lacking these perspectives. In December, 2010 the first STREAM Youth News Bureau as launced in New Orleans and the STREAM digital news platform went live. Via this platform, STREAM is now open to participation by new, emerging, and established youth citizen journalists everywhere.