Our Mission We connect youth by eliminating barriers, providing resources, and promoting Media programming as essential for building lives and inspiring future stewards of the planet.Our vision is for all youth to have the opportunity for meaningful experiences in Entertainment Media.
Core Values Diversity
From our staff, to our board, to our grantees, we value diversity and strive to be inclusive.
We listen and learn so that we can remain relevant and effective, using our leadership role to address needs as they arise.
We expect more of our work, navigating new pathways to transform the way youth interact with Entertainment/Media Industry.
Our leadership role demands that we adapt with an open mind and heart, keeping lines of communication open, and making adjustments to achieve shared goals and to embrace opportunities.
We ignite momentum, attract resources, and rally support for a cause that demands attention and action.
We practice prudent stewardship of our financial resources and the resources of the Media Field, in order to serve future generations of youth and to honor the trust of Media donors.
Built My Way Foundation Initiatives Overview BMWF current strategic initiatives include:
Built My Way Foundation (BMWF) is a three month workforce and professional development program for 10-25 year-old Detroit residents. BMWF participants learn and practice a variety of skills necessary to become leaders. In addition to receiving diverse training, BMWF participants will be trained in Radio,Television, Magazine Publication, Photography, Videography, Clothing Lines, group management and professional skills. BMWF participants also receive guidance and connection with employment opportunities within the field upon completion of the program.
Built My Way Relevancy Institute
In partnership with the Youth Development Network, BMWF will facilitate a series of workshops for a select group of youth-serving, outdoor-focused organizations, forming a powerful and dynamic learning community that will fuel organizational change. These workshops, paired with coaching, are designed to help participating organizations improve their ability to reach and engage young people of color and/or low-income youth.
Built My Leaders Forum
Built MY Way Leaders Forum is aimed at diverse, rising leaders who currently hold mid to entry-level positions within Media education organizations and are also committed to affecting change within their own organization or the field as a whole. BMWF will facilitate a series a workshops with these leaders designed to strengthen their capacity to affect change, and develop these skills in a safe, supportive network or like-minded individuals.
Built My Way Youth & young Adult Foundation
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