AYV Peapod Students Become Certified Reporters!

Six students at the AYV Peapod Academy in Redwood City, CA are participating in the World Youth News program, a special journalism training course for young people around the globe, co-sponsored by iEARN, PBS Newshour Extra & Unicef.

Students in the World Youth News program learn the fundamental skills of journalism such as critical thinking, research & storytelling, as they investigate and report on what their local communities are doing to advance the United Nations’ Millenium Development Goals.

“Having this latest experience is bringing me closer to my dreams,” says PJ Poloai, an AYV Peapod Academy student of his experiences in the World Youth News program. “[I am] using media to be an agent of change and a leader in the world.”

Mayor Jeff Ira & World Youth News Participants

Of the six AYV Peapod Academy students who are currently participating in the program, Liliana Moreno, Giovanni Flores, and Eduardo Deras have joined the list of only eleven students worldwide who have earned their official certification as World Youth News Reporters. Liliana and Giovanni are pictured above, receiving their certification from Jeff Ira, the Mayor of Redwood City.

Now that they have earned their certification, the three will begin the World Youth News Reporting Labs, in which students create news articles and videos about their local community that will be published on the PBS NewsHour Extra & iEARN websites. Experts in the field from PBS NewsHour and Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism will serve as their mentors. A select number of news reports produced in the Reporting Labs will be chosen by PBS NewsHour to be broadcast on television, and introduced by Jim Lehrer & Gwen Ifill.

Watch this special message from PBS NewsHour reporters addressing World Youth News students to find out more about the Reporting Labs program and how it will support the academic and professional growth of student participants.