The Teen Reporter program prepares multicultural youth for careers in the media industry. The Foundation’s program is unlike traditional career development programs in that students work virtually via email, and phone or video-conference in high school until they graduate from college. During the multi-year program, students have an opportunity to learn many aspects of corporate and small business operations and develop critical career skills (e.g., social media marketing, public relations, technology, news research, graphic design, promotion, fundraising, etc.) for the modern day workforce.
Students earn scholarship funds for college expenses at the end of their annual term. Academic excellence is also a key component of the program—students are required to maintain a 3.0 cumulative grade point average to remain in good standing. The Foundation staff works closely to monitor each student’s academic progress and to maximize the student’s experience and productivity while in the program.
Annually, we work with 10 active students nationwide from August 1st to April 31st of the following calendar year.
All applicants for our Teen Reporter Program must be female, between the ages of 13-22, a registered student in high school or an accredited US college, have an interest in or majoring in mass communications / journalism, have at least a 3.0 GPA, and a legal US resident.
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Teen Diaries helped me cultivate my writing skills. As a journalism major, TD allowed me the opportunity to hone in on my skills as a reporter, even when I was not assigned a task in the classroom. It pushed me to go out and look for a story, for the up and comers, for the topics that no one else is discussing, and to always keep my eyes and ears open to what is happening in the world around me. It also helped me realize that there were a plethora of young women who were asking the same questions that I once did when I was their age, and it was comforting to know that we acted as guides for the next generation.
– Bianka Huling
While attending Spelman College, TD helped me enormously in my journey into womanhood, giving me a sense of responsibility and self-confidence. It also allowed me to improve my writing skills, and it surely has increased my interest in journalism, social networks and the media. TD helped me connect with different people, and has opened and continues to open so many opportunities for me. I am so thankful for the experience I have gained with TD; it inspires me to be a better role-model for young girls.
– Rugiyatu Kane
Through reporting on different topics, I was able to learn about a variety of issues affecting young minority youth. I acquired skills for various writing styles by analyzing articles written by other Teen Reporters. Besides progressing as a writer, TD also taught me the skill of running a successful media outlet. Aeshia is amazing. The idea and concept of TD is really executed well through the website, social media platforms, and events. As an aspiring entrepreneur, I was blessed to learn the methods Aeshia uses to successfully operate TD. Seeing that first hand influenced me through my personal project Chocolate Philly (a blog honoring black culture in Philadelphia). Above all TD allowed me to establish lifelong relationships and skills needed to excel in any industry.
– Taisje Claiborne