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Girl power and the media
Nonprofit gives young women crash course in media savvy
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stereotypes, and use social media
more responsibly both in terms of
what they post and read.”
McNair and her team train
students in male-dominated
technical roles, such as camera,
sound, and graphic work. They are
also educated on social issues that
affect them both as women and LI
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Much has been written about the
media’s negative impact on how
young women see themselves, but
one group of nonprofit visionaries
is taking action by giving girls the
skills to recast themselves.
The organizers of Long Island Girl
Talk (LIGT) meet with Long Island
middle school and high schoolaged
girls once a month to provide
workshops that teach them how
to film episodes of their own local
cable TV show.
“LIGT is about more than teaching
girls how to produce their own
media,” said Marcia McNair,
a Nassau Community College
journalism professor who’s the
executive director and founder
of the group. “It’s about creating
a generation of more thoughtful
consumers of media. We want
our girls to think twice about
their viewing choices, recognize
residents. The goal is to boost their
self-esteem by allowing them to
create their own media presence
that celebrates the average girl.
The work they do has the added
benefit of helping the girls develop
Seven in 10 girls “believe that
they are not good enough or don’t
measure up in some way, including
their looks, performance in school,
and relationships with friends and
family members,” according to
Having a hand in producing
media instead of just consuming
it has helped young girls who are
struggling with their sense of selfworth
and personal empowerment.
“It’s been an opportunity of a
lifetime,” says Kelly-Ann Rivera,
LIGT’s director of production.
Tune in to Long Island Girl Talk
on Cablevision Ch. 115 at 6 p.m.
Saturdays, on Verizon Ch. 40 at
12 p.m. Mondays and 6:30 p.m.
Thursdays and on YouTube. They
will also be hosting their First
Annual Girls Empowerment
Conference at Roosevelt Public
Library 9 a.m.-3 p.m. March
17. For more information, visit
Long Island Girl Talk empowers young women with leadership skills.