AOC plans creative media program for teens

Acadiana Open Channel is now accepting applications for Co-Op, AOC’s new creative media program, for Acadiana teens ages 12-18. This semester-long program will be held Wednesdays through Fridays from 4-6 p.m.

Co-Op is a place for teens to get involved with other teens their age and use media to tell the stories they want to tell. Students will produce a number of projects throughout the program including a community engagement and update show, music videos and mini-documentaries, among others.

“Our new program focuses on giving teens a place of their own, a place to be creative and productive with other teens,” said Ed Bowie, executive director of AOC. “This is not your normal after-school program, day care or place to hangout. Instead Co-Op is a jumping off point for teens to discover more about creating meaningful media and more about themselves as contributing members of our community.”

AOC staff members, along with local professionals, will teach the students technical production skills from concept to post-production. AOC will then submit the students’ content to national film festivals once their projects are completed.

Professional development skills are also a large part of the program. Students will learn how to conduct interviews, do appropriate research, complete a finished project, and present that project in competition. Local business professionals will work with the students to show them new career fields as well as elements of professional conduct.

Co-Op is open to AOC members at no cost. If applicants are not current members, student memberships are $25 a year.

The first section will begin on Wednesday, Sept. 21 and run until December.

Completed applications are due to AOC, 704 Lee Avenue, Lafayette, La. 70505 by Monday, Sept. 6, 2011.

For more information about Co-Op or to download the application, visit AOC’s website, email or call (337) 232-4434.

Acadiana Open Channel’s mission is to support diverse community dialog, media literacy, and freedom of expression by providing access to communications technologies. AOC, a nonprofit organization, facilitates the production of community media by training and supplying equipment and facilities to the public, education, governmental and nonprofit sectors of Acadiana. For more information, visit or AOC’s Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, YouTube or Vimeo pages.

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