Well we’ve been hitting the ground running, this time bringing the MoJo back to the Middle East. IMS Owner, Michael Clarke, just returned from a three-month stint in Beirut where he was working with Transterra Media on their Voices4Change project that aims to create a cadre of 600 youth media activists in the MENA region with the confidence, skills and access to make their voices heard.
On the 3rd of October the third Voices4Change mentor workshop kicked off at the Imperial Palace Hotel in Amman for three days. Mentors from Lebanon, Palestine, and Jordan were all in attendance. The main goals of the workshop were to discuss program methodologies, familiarize them with the MoJo Kit™, educate them on the effective use of the V4C youth media guide, and engage them on how to best bring youth voices forward within mainstream media.
Day 2 was all about the MoJo Kit™. Mentors were taught how to write, produce, edit and distribute their work from one device. Mentors also discussed the amount of time needed for student workshops, delivery dates, MoJo recruitment, and what themes the MoJos will be filming.
The final day concluded the jam-packed agenda. The mentors learned how to edit their videos using the online editor WeVideo. WeVideo allows the MoJo regardless of their location, to work on their films and share their media with their peers seamlessly without the need to purchase expensive editing software suites.
All in all it was a great three days. Now the mentors are taking what they learned and training over 75 new MoJos...so get ready to see some amazing videos in the coming months!
In the meantime here is a promo video we put together to explain the V4C project and introduce you to some of the MoJos and mentors who make it all happen: