Project VoiceScape is aimed at encouraging middle and high school students nationwide to use digital media tools in creating compelling stories about issues and concerns important to them. Award-winning PBS series POV | American Documentary, recognized internationally for its rigorous editorial selection process of outstanding award-winning non-fiction films, will oversee a national call for entries on the POV website (www.pbs.org/pov). Young filmmakers whose entries are chosen will receive funding to complete their films, mentoring from award-winning documentary filmmakers, and streaming of their films at POV's website.
To encourage the participation of educators and facilitate entries, the PBS Teachers website will act as a hub where educators can obtain advice from youth media experts on inspiring students to produce exciting and innovative content. Building on PBS' long standing relationship with teachers and the education community, the site will also provide access to Adobe Youth Voices Essentials, a set of free curricula and resources that will help educators launch, guide and sustain effective youth media programs.