What is Media Literacy + Why Does it Matter?

Participants learn to expand the traditional definition of literacy as we activate the critical awareness needed within our media saturated culture. Held once a month at the Literacenter. Primarily addressing members of the Chicago Literacy Alliance, but open to the public. 



for Media Literacy

Mothers and mother-figures gather in support of the Media Literacy Now campaign, mobilizing legislation to make media literacy curriculum a requirement in schools throughout the state of Illinois. Legal counsel for this campaign: Maaria Mozaffar: 



for Media Literacy

Building a network of fathers and father-figures to support teachers in acquiring resources needed for facilitating lessons in media literacy education. 



for Media Literacy

Building a team of athletes who support media literacy education. Steering conversations with young people toward a better understanding of their relationship with media. 


iSpeakMedia Core

Specifically addresses African-American adolescents and their relationship with media, by exploring its role in the development of their racial identity. An interrogation of media’s influence on race consciousness and how it affects attitudes and beliefs about who they can become within a society that struggles to reconcile enduring racial divisions. Students learn to separate themselves from the media they consume. 


The Role Model Project

Students are challenged to rethink who we are encouraged to idolize in the mainstream media. Images of extraordinary women who lead with their intelligence are brought into the spotlight to recast examples of representation. The Role Model Project broadens the scope of what young women see as options for themselves as they shape ideas about who they want to be in their adult lives. 


The Power Factor

The Power Factor engages adolescents in activities designed to trace power—the mainstream decision makers and the altitudes of their influence—throughout the United States. In this exploration of media and American government, students are encouraged to aim for the active side of power when they measure their potential. 


A fresh attempt at addressing racism in America through conversation led by young people gathered to create action steps for its elimination. Students design a plan for resetting race relations in the communities they’re in line to inherit.