Apply by Nov. 30 for Stories of Peace community service project

The Media School Report • Nov. 9, 2018
Students Emma Hamilton (left) and Karli VanCleave interview Lotus volunteer and Media School alumna Grace Waltz, BA’16, for a volunteer tribute video as part of The Media School’s 2018 Stories of Peace service project. (Courtesy photo)

Stories of Peace, a service project collaboration by The Media School and the City of Bloomington’s Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday Celebration Commission, is seeking student teams to produce community-proposed media projects that commemorate King’s legacy and promote his ideals of peace, community and nonviolent communication. Apply as a team of two or three students by Nov. 30 to produce one of the four projects designed by community partners:

The Project School is a chartered public school where social justice and environmental sustainability are paired with educational excellence in classrooms and curricula. This project, “Unaccessible is Unacceptable,” is a video that expresses students’ passion to make a local park’s playground more accessible to community members with disabilities and showcases the work they are doing to tackle this problem. Students will work with the school’s sixth and seventh grade classes. 

The College Internship Program helps prepare young adults with Asperger’s, autism, ADHD and other learning differences for the world of work. This project, “Stigma and Equal Opportunities for Individuals with Disabilities,” is a short video of interviews with the program’s students, staff, community partners and IU social mentors to highlight the opportunities that should be available to individuals with disabilities and mental health diagnoses.

Girl Scout Troop 02497 prepares girls for a lifetime of leadership. This project, “Empowering Women and Girls in Bloomington,” entails the production of two videos about empowering women in Bloomington. One group of troop members will interview staff from Middle Way House, and the other group will work with Girls Inc. to learn about programs they offer for kids their age.

Bloomington Refugee Support Network is an advocacy group for refugee resettlement in Bloomington and throughout southern Indiana. This project, “Safety and Friendship for Immigrants,” is a video that will describe the ordeals immigrants (refugees, asylum seekers, undocumented immigrants and those seeking citizenship) face: their reasons for leaving their homeland, what kind of hardships and what kind of welcome they receive when they arrive, and what they most need from the community.