WHYY celebrates Flash Media Labs in Philly schools

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Students in six Philadelphia high schools will get a deeper understanding and education in media and documentaries thanks to newly established media labs.

The Flash Media Labs, developed by WHYY, created the initiative as a way to enhance youth education and keep students engaged in school.

The public media station partnered with Philadelphia School District and tested the labs at two high schools earlier this year. The initiative became so successful it was expanded to four other schools.

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“The feedback we received from the two pilot schools was overwhelmingly positive,” said Kyra McGrath, WHYY chief operating officer, in a press release. “A teacher at Kensington Business High School told us her students in the program were 100% engaged and stayed with school through the end of the year. We look forward to this type of response from our new schools as well.”

Participating schools include: Bodine High School for International Affairs, Father Judge High School, Kensington International Business High School, Parkway Northwest High School for Peace and Social Justice, Philadelphia High School for Girls and Swenson Arts and Technology High School.

The labs will allow schools to teach media and video production and literacy through documentaries. The station will also host afterschool documentary production programs.

Philadelphia School Superintendent William Hite attended the ribbon cutting for one of the school’s labs.

“This is a great partnership with WHYY,” said Dr. William Hite, Philadelphia School District superintendent. “These Flash Media Labs allow students to create documentaries while learning to analyze, research and listen through hands-on learning.”

To see photos of the event, check out this website.

For more information on WHYY’s American Graduate efforts, check out their website.