Sometimes young people think that their ideas don’t count. Dilemmas + Decisions shows that youth can and do participate and contribute meaningfully to the conversations, debates, and discussions necessary for democratic processes and institutions.
Dilemmas + Decisions provided four groups of diverse youth media producers across the country with the opportunity, responsibility and a modest production grant to explore and produce short video essays on dilemmas and decisions stemming from real-life issues of democracy.
Unlike many existing youth media programs, Dilemmas + Decisions is not meant simply to foster self-expression through video, or teach technical production skills. Rather, it is a pedagogically grounded project that engages young people in discussion and debate regarding substantive concerns of American democracy, as well as the processes and practices vital to the actualization of that democracy. In the process of conducting research, developing the concept, and organizing the shoots, they learn to work collaboratively, listen to their community, gain experience in negotiation and compromise – in short: learn skills of democracy.
QUESTIONS FOR DISCUSSION After you view these video essays, we encourage you to engage others in a discussion using one or more of the questions from the Viewer’s Guide. Download the pdf document by clicking on the icon on the top right side of this page.