Junior Academy for Media

The Junior Academy for Media (JAM) is an organization wide youth media program offered at our six community-based Media Service Centers throughout O‘ahu.  Middle and High school aged students are welcome to enroll. Student participants receive assistance with homework, introduction to media literacy, storyboarding and storytelling, basic video production training and certification, and soft skills (resume and interviewing, etc.) training.

Students who have graduated from the program (completed all three semesters and are certified producers) may continue a second year as an “alumni” participant.  Otherwise, they are welcome to use our facilities as a client producer and/or volunteer on ‘Ōlelo facilitated projects.

JAM is designed to empower, equip and engage:

  • Empower youth to create and share their stories via ‘Ōlelo cable channels, online and social media outlets;
  • Equip youth with basic and advanced video production skills and techniques; and
  • Engage youth in conversations, community involvement and civic responsibility activities that impact their schools and communities.

Alex Miyamoto along with Grant Okazaki and Sydney O’Neil began the All-Year-Round JAM Youth program on Monday at ‘Ōlelo’s Kāneʻohe Media Services Center. 11 participants began their journey learning all about Video production. They will help brainstorm ideas while they learn how to use our equipment during the next three weeks. At the end of training they will have helped develop and put together 2 programs. The first will be an exercise in naming their “House.” This is a short program to introduce Production skills and practice their camera shots. The second will be focused on musical interpretation. After camp, they will continue throughout the year putting their three individual programs together to air on our channels. Graduation will be in June 2020.

Alex also gave the JAM participants the opportunity to experience Kāneʻohe’s Mini Studio with Ekalesia! The DeLima family were so gracious to allow the kids to watch the show and get their first Live-to-tape lesson.

JAM (Junior Academy for Media) is underway at our Nānākuli Media Center. Manager Jimbo Taylor trains his students on basic production skills from media literacy to camera operation to editing.

Week 2 is underway for JAM (Junior Academy for Media) at our Waipahu Media Center. Students are in the midst of creating their “Who’s HOUSE is this” video. 

Please contact your nearest Media Service Center for more information:

Kaimukī Media Service Center
Phone – (808) 737-8803 | Email – kaimuki@olelo.org

Kāneʻohe Media Service Center
Phone – (808) 236-1463 | Email – windward@olelo.org

Māpunapuna Media Service Center
Phone – (808) 237-2140 | Email – mapunapuna@olelo.org

Nānākuli Media Service Center
Phone – (808) 696-1003 | Email – nanakuli@olelo.org

Wahiawā Media Service Center
Phone – (808) 621-9727 | Email – wahiawa@olelo.org

Waipahu Media Service Center
Phone – (808) 671-3950 | Email – waipahu@olelo.org