Support Youth Media in the Appalachian Mountains!

Appalshop's Appalachian Media Institute seeks $12,000 to support two youth interns from the coalfields of central Appalachia to be a part of our summer program.
Ncpr4qenu5g9eaotlznw
Appalachian Media Institute
Education
Whitesburg, Kentucky
United States
1 Team Member

What is AMI?

Appalshop is a multi-media arts and cultural organization located in Whitesburg, Kentucky.  Its mission is to develop effective ways of using media to address the complex issues facing central Appalachia – a declining coal economy, a legacy of environmental damage, high unemployment rates, and poor educational opportunities and attainment.

In 1988, Appalshop staff members founded the Appalachian Media Institute (AMI), a multimedia training and leadership development program for central Appalachian youth.  Using the technological and artistic resources of Appalshop, AMI helps young people explore how media production skills can be used to ask, and begin to answer, critical questions about themselves and their communities.

To get the best sense of what we're all about, check out our online video gallery to view selections from the past 25 years!!

 

We Need Your Support!

Each summer, AMI brings together twelve central Appalachian youth between the ages of 14 and 22 to participate in our Summer Documentary Institute.  By far our most expensive endeavor, we have estimated the total cost per individual to be $6,000 each.  This total includes:

Intern Stipend: $2,560
Media Training: $1,640
Equipment: $1,500
Program Management: $300

In addition, participants aged 16+ who complete the program will receive 3 hours of college credit in media production.

With your support, two AMI youth interns from the eastern Kentucky coalfields will receive media training in documentary video, leadership development, critical thinking skills, cultural awareness, media literacy, as well as increased college access.  Please help us reach our goal of $12,000.

We're Making an Impact in Central Appalachia.

For the past 25 years AMI has been providing an award winning, community-based media production and arts education program to youth from central Appalachia.  As the only program of its type in the region, AMI engages at-risk, low-income, rural youth in high quality arts education that they would not otherwise have access to in their struggling communities.

This region faces an exodus of young people, due in large part to the lack of economic and educational opportunities.  Youth have few avenues to participate in community decision-making, and even fewer opportunities to provide leadership in addressing the region’s critical issues, or creatively express themselves.  AMI creates a space for our interns to become community leaders through the practice of community art making.

Help Us Spread the Word!


Find This Campaign On
$6,040USD
raised by 66 people in 1 month
50% funded
0 time left
Verified Nonprofit
$12,000 USD goal
Flexible Funding This campaign has ended and will receive all funds raised.
Campaign Closed
This campaign ended on June 7, 2013
Select a Perk
  • $25USD
    Thank You!

    Every donation to our program really counts. For a $25 donation, the staff and interns at AMI sincerely thank you for your support.

    12 claimed

  • $50USD
    Production Assistant

    For a $50 donation, you will receive a DVD copy of this summer's youth productions as well as a special thank you from the staff and interns at AMI.

    10 claimed

  • $100USD
    Lighting Technician

    For a $100 donation, you will receive a DVD from an Appalshop filmmaker, a DVD copy of this summer's youth productions, and a special thank you from the staff and interns at AMI.

    6 claimed

  • $250USD
    Boom Operator

    For a $250 donation, you will receive a hand-screened AMI t-shirt, a DVD from an Appalshop filmmaker, a DVD copy of this summer's youth productions, and a special thank you from the staff and interns at AMI.

    3 claimed

  • $500USD
    Camera Operator

    For a $500 donation, you will receive a limited-edition print of "Behind the Boone," a painting of our facility by East Kentucky artist Pam Oldfield Meade, as well as a hand-screened AMI t-shirt, a DVD from an Appalshop filmmaker, a DVD copy of this summer's youth productions, and a special thank you from the staff and interns at AMI.

    0 claimed

  • $1,000USD
    Creative Director

    For a $1,000 donation, you will receive a special thank you in this summer's DVD credits as well as a limited-edition print of "Behind the Boone," a painting of our facility by East Kentucky artist Pam Oldfield Meade, a DVD copy of this summer's youth productions, a group photo of this summer's interns, and a hand-screened AMI t-shirt.

    2 claimed

  • $2,500USD
    Executive Producer

    For a $2,500 donation, we will establish a named scholarship for our summer program in honor of the individual or group of your choice! Your named scholarship will be listed in this summer's DVD credits, and you will receive letters and pictures from your scholar, a limited-edition print of "Behind the Boone," a painting of our facility by East Kentucky artist Pam Oldfield Meade, a DVD copy of this summer's youth productions, a photo of this summer's interns, and a hand-screened AMI t-shirt.

    0 claimed

Do you think this campaign contains prohibited content? Let us know.