The mission of the Urban Health Media Project (UHMP) is to teach urban high school students with diverse backgrounds and from under-resourced communities how to report, write and broadcast multimedia stories about the health and social issues affecting their communities and the potential solutions.
Amid COVID-19, protests against police brutality and the fifth anniversary of the mass killing of churchgoers here, a museum focused on the roots of African American enslavement could seem like an afterthought.
Elijah Heyward III respectfully disagrees.
“Our mission in part is to share untold stories of the African American journey that started beyond America, a journey that has impacted our country in profound ways,” he said.
UHMP in the News
UHMP student Jada Johnson is featured in Nonprofit Quarterly's latest Tiny Spark podcast.
The episode features three generations of Black women who live in Baltimore talking about how they are experiencing the protests that have been going on around the nation since the death of George Floyd.
They critique recent media coverage, digging into its language, framing, and imagery. They also describe their perceptions of law enforcement in their communities, and the historical contexts in which police actions must be viewed.
The hottest job in the next year? Youth mental health therapist. It has to be.
Because it's the teens -- the "quarantines" -- who may be hit the hardest by this pandemic.
"I've been interviewing other young people, and we're all losing our minds," said Princyana Hudson, a high school senior known as Prince who lives in a tough part of the District where teens are dealing with a lot more than ennui and resentment.
What We Are Working on
Students who participate in the Urban Health Media Project work on stories about various social issues such as teen suicide, domestic violence, poverty and mental health stigma. They interview doctors, journalists, politicians and other experts about these issues. Students write and produce their own articles and use facts and statistics to support their points. In addition to writing, students have the opportunity to learn, hands-on, how to use the cameras to shoot photos and capture video and audio.
student journalists trained
stories in USA Today publications
videos on USA Today