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 High school students are introduced to peer mentors from their local university in the Fall. They participate in activity based and educational media literacy workshops that are led and created by their college mentors. These workshops cover TV, film, music videos, video games, commercials, social media, magazines- everything from billboards to bumper stickers- to get students thinking about the media they consume. In the Spring, they dive deeper into these concepts in MDR’s nine unit curriculum. There are 4 lessons per unit. The first is a media literacy lesson, the second a media production lesson, the third is an advocacy lesson, and the fourth is a reflective and evaluative lesson. This curriculum gives the high school students an opportunity to expand on what they learned in the Fall and develop a proficiency in their practice.

-High school participants develop digital media and advocacy campaigns with the support of their university mentors.
-High school participants visit Cal State LA's TV, Film, and Media Department’s sound stage to film, record, and edit one of their media projects into a PSA, music video, short film or other digital product to be used to raise awareness for their social issue of choice.
-These projects are critiqued by media professionals at MDR’s Student Showcase.
- High school participants are exposed to college students, professors, and the college experience through collaborative projects on our partner university campuses.

​MDR provides opportunities for involvement for teachers at the participating school sites. To register please email:



Media Done Responsibly is a mentor and leadership development organization. It trains student innovators to be conscious consumers, creators and advocates of media that reflects their full humanity.

Adult content, violent and sexualized material, and often traumatizing and biased news reporting, are readily accessible to children and teens through traditional media (television, radio, film, and music) and new media platforms (Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and other on-demand digital content). The accessibility and exposure to this material impacts youth identities, relationships, and their sense of power and worth in society.

MDR trains college students to be Media Literacy Mentors for High School and Middle School students. Our trained peer mentors help youth to interrupt the challenges of bullying, racial profiling and discrimination, premature and dangerous sexual behaviors, and violence, which are often normalized in today's media. We have trained 250+ mentors in the past 3 years and they've provided over 1900 volunteer hours. We impacted 5000 youth in Los Angeles County resulting in a 100% reduction in cyber bullying, and 100% increase in media literacy awareness for participants.

For more on our Media Education Curriculum and Training Program click here.

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MDR trains college mentors to facilitate peer workshops in media literacy for youth at the following sites as a part of our Peer Mentor Program. 

Participating schools:
Bell Gardens High School*
Boyle Heights Upward Bound*
Carnegie Middle School*
Carson High School*
Co-Op Upward Bound*
Esteban E. Torres High School*
La Merced Elementary School*
Luskin Academy 
Marc and Eva Stern Math and Science High School 
Monrovia High School*
Northview High School 

Oscar De La Hoya Animo Charter High School*
Roosevelt High School*
Shields for Families 

South El Monte High School*
South Gate High School
Taft High School 

Theodore Roosevelt High School*
The Reel Rasquache Art and Film Festival*

Washington Irving Middle School 
Weingart YMCA 
Wildwood High School

For information on becoming a participating site, please email