The Teen International Media Exchange (TIME) has announced that the 18th International Youth Media Summit will be held in La Crosse, Wisconsin this year, from July 24 to August 6.
Throughout the previous 17 years, more than 70 countries have participated in this event, bringing together 1,600 changemakers. Together, they have produced a remarkable total of 120 films, all with the shared objective of shedding light on pressing global concerns and equipping youth from around the world to take decisive action through the International Youth Media Summit.
Explaining the essence of IYMS, Manoj Bohara, Program Director at the IYMS Regional Center in Nepal, highlights the program’s role as a fertile ground for creative expression, where participants acquire fundamental and advanced skills in filmmaking and storytelling. Captivating and impactful messaging, along with effective storytelling techniques, will be paramount, as participants undertake the task of creating short films that carry robust messages.
These creative endeavors will converge with a comprehensive understanding of the seven critical issues, namely: Discrimination, Environment, Health, Poverty, Violence, Women’s Rights, and Youth Empowerment, while also considering the Sustainable Development Goals.
IYMS serves as an inclusive platform, fostering global connections and collaborations among like-minded individuals from diverse corners of the world. Here, one can share their experiences and skills, forging friendships and partnerships. It is a space that blends enthusiasm and dedication, uniting countless changemakers. Ultimately, participants will depart from the summit armed with invaluable tools applicable to their daily lives as changemakers. Additionally, a vast global network will be at their disposal, ensuring seamless communication and exchange, according to Manoj Bohara.