Youthcast Media Group™ students are encouraged to become - and remain - active in their communities. This includes public events and partnerships that allow them to develop and utilize skills in reporting, writing, research, videography, photography, interviewing and public speaking.
Harvard Public Health symposium YMG’s Business Intern, Aliya Kaufman-Daniel, and Visuals Editor, Sophie Beney, attended Harvard Public Health magazine and FXB Center for Health and Human Rights’ symposium, “Can reparations close the racial health gap?”
YMG alum and artist Breyanna Dabney exhibited her photography in Baltimore and talked about the role of art in her mental health: ““Art is an outlet. Photography for me is a freeing activity that allows me to express myself and clear my mind,” she said.
YMG Founder and CEO Jayne O’Donnell moderated a panel on post-separation abuse and the call for reform of the family court system to avoid further traumatizing children and survivors of domestic violence.
YMG's Amora Campbell, then a senior at DC’s Richard Wright Public Charter School, was the lone student journalist speaker at the launch of The Upswing Fund for Adolescent Mental Health in October 2020. Hear her powerful take on her community's challenges & the importance of getting help, especially for young people of color, LGBTQ, and those like her who are both.
In September 2020, YMG student Amora Campbell participated in a virtual conference hosted by the Center for Health Journalism at the USC Annenberg School of Journalism.
Former YMG student Dionna Duncan, who was published twice in The DC Line, was the Washington, D.C. representative at the June 2021 Al Neuharth Free Spirit and Journalism Conference. Duncan is now a freshman at Georgia State University.
On May 27, 2020, Youthcast Media Group co-founder Jayne O'Donnell and student Heaven Pete spoke at a webinar hosted by the Well Being Trust that explored how COVID-19's mental health impacts are being covered by the media.