Media Enterprise Alliance (MEA) provides high school students in the Oakland Unified School District (OUSD) with the opportunity to study media arts with a focus on video production. Through a curriculum that reflects state and district arts education standards, students acquire artistic and technical skills that give them a voice to effect social change within their community, while developing tools to satisfy the necessary requirements for college admission and successful job placement.
MEA strengthens communities, retains youth in high school through graduation, enhances the arts and cultural experience for students, and prepares underserved youth for higher education. While producing informational films for non-profits and features for a television news magazine, students are exposed first-hand to community problems and become an active part of the solutions.
MEA is a true alliance of organizations in the East Bay. The keystone of the alliance is a consortium of high schools within the Oakland Unified School District, and a partnership with OUSD’s public-access television station, KDOL. Also in the alliance, providing mentorship to MEA program students, are faculty members and students from the Center for Young Entrepreneurs at Haas (YEAH) program at the Haas School of Business, and the UC-Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism.