Inspire Citizens’ Global Youth Media exists to teach and empower all ages of students and learner communities through the responsible consumption and production of media, as well as practices of investigative journalism and ethical storytelling as essential elements of applied learning in a complex world. Global Youth Media enables educators and students to grow in perspective taking, building compassionate empathy, and discerning and producing credible information through critical media literacy, investigative journalism and ethical reporting, while still connecting to essential language and learning objectives.

In these four Chapters International and Inspire Citizens’ two-hour sessions, participants will explore critical media literacy concepts, implement technology tools, engage in processes for investigative journalism, and practice approaches for more compassionate storytelling.

Built into this interactive experience will also be the collaborative facilitation between Steve Sostak (educator and Inspire Citizens’ director), Christina Lin (Grade 9 student journalist and Global Youth Media director), and Luka Lesson (acclaimed Australian poet and hip-hop artist), partnering to actively help educators see the relevant connections to curriculum where teachers can design meaningful multimedia learning experiences, and students can produce informed publications and creative exhibitions for a more sustainable planet and just society.
Outlined below are week by week learning objectives:
Session One: Pay attention & be informed
Investigate & employ tools to confront the challenges educators & students face in a global media landscape of information overload, complex messaging & erosion of empathy.

Session Two: Apply tools for ethical journalism & compassionate storytelling
Develop a civic toolkit across six language domains & global competencies to help students consume & produce responsible & community-driven media, information & storytelling.

Session Three: Amplify learning objectives though critical media literacy
Unpack personalized units, language domains & learning objectives to enhance global competence, service & action in classrooms via critical media literacy, journalism & Global Youth Media experiences.

Session Four: Publish informed, diverse & relevant stories
Explore & engage with the 17 Global Youth Media podcasts for voice, agency, ethical journalism & compassionate storytelling for sustainable development, social justice & collective well-being. Finally, learn how to join the Global Youth Media Network.
Potential Audience:
Educators teaching Grades 3-12.
Steve is the co-founder and director of the influential education group, Inspire Citizens. As lead author of the Global Impact School Self-Study, Steve facilitates a wide-range of professional learning with Inspire Citizens’ partner schools, working towards empowering students, teachers and whole-school communities to impact change for sustainable development, social justice, collective well-being and social-emotional-ethical learning. One of the learning experiences embedded into Steve’s work with schools is Global Youth Media, an approach to media literacy that engages learners with ethical journalism, compassionate storytelling and the power to discern and produce credible information in a challenging and complex media and technological landscape.

In 2017, Steve was awarded an innovation grant while teaching at the International School of Beijing to launch Futures Public Radio, his first iteration of student media built around core values and relevant storytelling found in acclaimed international podcasts, as well as National Public Radio in the United States. Now, Global Youth Media (GYM) embeds these mentor media models into professional development and authentic classroom learning with educators, students and schools on five continents. Using 17 different podcasts that challenge students to work together towards building a positive and influential international global media network, GYM publishes student pieces that focus on critical thinking, empathetic relationships, truth seeking, the art of the interview, and the power of storytelling to advocate for a healthier planet and just society.
Luka Lesson
Luka Lesson is a poet and rapper whose work engages with the Greek mythology of his family homeland, the fiercely political and the vulnerably self-reflective. Luka has performed with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra, released his own musical albums and books, and has been published in a number international poetry collections. Luka has toured with poets such as Shane Koyczan (Canada) and Omar Musa (AUS), with musicians such as Akala (UK) and Nahko (USA), and with thinkers such as Dr Cornel West (USA) and Xiuhtezcatl Martinez (USA). Luka Lesson has always used education-based programs as a means for social change both within Australia and abroad, and his work is currently being studied in English departments across the country. Luka Lesson also runs his own poetry retreat in his grandfather's village on the island of Rhodes, Greece every year. Academically, Luka holds a Masters of Sound Design (in Performance Poetry) from the Victorian College of the Arts as well as an undergraduate degree in Anthropology and a First Class Honours in Indigenous Studies from Monash University. Luka's latest solo work, entitled Agapi & Other Kinds of Love will premiere in 2020.
As student director of Inspire Citizens’ Global Youth Media (GYM) and grade 9 student in Beijing, Christina leads the foundational work that ensures student voice is at the forefront of the GYM mission and vision. Following three years of working as an Inspire Citizens’ intern and facilitating relevant learning for both teachers and students to take informed action for sustainable development, social justice and collective well-being, she now hosts and curates the GYM podcast Photo! Bomb, illuminating the power of photography as a storytelling medium for environmental and social justice.

In 2018, Christina led the inaugural GYM conference in Beijing through a collaboration with the acclaimed Out of the Blocks podcast from Baltimore, USA. She has led event planning, photography and podcasting workshops at the recent Shenzhen SDG Educator Summit and at the 2019 GYM conference in Seoul, South Korea. While her interests lie in helping make the world more sustainable through media, she is also an actress, singer, and equestrian working with horses as therapy animals.

10th, 17th, 24th April & 8th May 2021
Each Session is for 2 Hours.
London 9:00 am | Zurich 10:00 am | Dubai 12:00 pm | India 1:30 pm | Hong Kong 4:00 pm | Melbourne 7:00 pm
USD 350 Per Participant
USD 300 Per Participant for a Group of 5
INCLUDES: Certificate of Participation for 10 Professional Development Hours