Media Enterprise Alliance (MEA) engages Oakland high school students in media education, leadership, and workforce training. Using video, graphic design, and website production students create content from their unique perspective and gain technical and entrepreneurial skills. While working with media arts professionals to produce informational films for non-profits advocating social justice, and features for television news magazines, student-produced websites, and peer-to-health initiatives, students are exposed first-hand to community problems and become an active part of the solution.
Academic coursework along with real-world experience motivates MEA students and helps them stay engaged in high school, and develop the necessary criteria for college admission and job placement. The production phase of the program takes place at the OUSD Educational Access Television Station, KDOL-TV, located in the Downtown Education Complex.
Through a curriculum that reflects state and district arts education standards, students receive OUSD academic credit for MEA classes, learn about colleges that have media-arts programs, receive counseling on college admission procedures, learn how to document their work for portfolio presentation, and have opportunities for paid internships with community-based clients.