LaRose’s Jam Experience

Since 2019, ‘Ōlelo Community Media has been fostering a youth after school media program called Junior Academy for Media (JAM). The Middle and High school aged student participants received assistance with homework, introduction to media literacy, storyboarding and storytelling, basic video production training and certification, and soft skills (resume and interviewing, etc.) training. The program is offered at our six community-based Media Service Centers throughout O‘ahu. Below is an essay written by Waipahu-based JAM student LaRose Colquitt on her experiences with the program.

My JAM Experience 

Aloha I’m LaRose Colquitt, a 2020 graduate from Radford High school. I was born and raised in Hawaii. Some of my interests in school were, and still are: film, art, animation, and acting. Listen, we have a treasure here, Olelo’s youth JAM program.

In the summer of 2019, I started with Olelo’s JAM program. I discovered the youth JAM program when my family attended an orientation that Olelo hosted. Then I got my parents to sign me up for the program. I am excited to let you know where you can find the JAM program, it’s easy, by going to their website or asking your school counselor.

For youth interested in filming, storytelling, editing and any studio work, You want to go to Olelo’s website. You can gain organization and time management skills to complete your projects or tell your story. You can get connected to the people in the industry and to the community through Olelo’s JAM program. You will get hands-on experience and your confidence will go up.

The JAM program is a one year commitment. The Olelo’s JAM instructors are great. They are very knowledgeable and patient, they will help you develop skills with the camera, scriptwriting, editing, and so much more around and outside the studio. You will have a great time meeting new people around your age and working with them as a team. Olelo offers so much, I can’t tell it all so go to the website and check it out.


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