Advice Project Media

Advice Project Media Advice Project Media is a not-for-profit organization that empowers teen girls and women through media, writing, publishing, and travel opportunities.

Advice Project Media offers media and writing services and an online platform for teens, women, and indigenous peoples to tell their stories.

Mission: Changing the world: one story at a time.

Not satisfied with the lack of solutions provided by their school after a group of teen boys rated girls based on looks,...
03/27/2019
Teen boys rated their female classmates based on looks. The girls fought back.

Not satisfied with the lack of solutions provided by their school after a group of teen boys rated girls based on looks, the girls fought back... and forever changed the culture in their school. This example shows that we not only need to listen to young people, but we must also let them drive change.

Dozens of senior girls at Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School have confronted their administrators and male peers, demanding a school-wide reckoning over toxic masculinity.

We're getting excited to make our first video series in on the French Caribbean islands of Guadeloupe in January! We hav...
12/21/2018

We're getting excited to make our first video series in on the French Caribbean islands of Guadeloupe in January! We have a stellar film crew, including our on-camera journalist for the project, Niceli Portugal.

Niceli is a Bilingual Art Educator based in New York City. Originally from Arequipa, Peru, she's also the head of the New York City Chapter of I Am Your Protector and Community Organizer Assistant at the Queens Museum. A woman with boundless energy, she's also double majoring at City College of New York in Art and Bilingual Education (she also has a degree in Psychology).

We're excited to have Niceli on board. We'll share posts about the other individuals on our film crew in the days ahead!

(Photo by Neil Constantine)

We need your help!We're thrilled to announce that the Advice Project is making our first educational video series in Gua...
12/18/2018

We need your help!

We're thrilled to announce that the Advice Project is making our first educational video series in Guadeloupe... in JANUARY!

We've been sponsored by the Guadeloupe Islands Tourism Board, Norwegian Air, and Arawak Hotel and Resort, among others. but we still need your help. We'd be so honored if you'd include us in your end-of-year giving. Your gift will help us (finally!) purchase better video-making equipment and pay for editing of video content.

Make your donation here: https://www.justgiving.com/adviceprojectmedialtd

And learn more about the video series here: https://mailchi.mp/4a3a897b76c5/join-us-in-making-our-first-educational-video-series-in-guadeloupe

"Cameroon stands on the brink of civil war," writes one of Advice Project Media's youth journalists in Cameroon. She goe...
10/25/2018

"Cameroon stands on the brink of civil war," writes one of Advice Project Media's youth journalists in Cameroon.

She goes on to say: "Paul Biya isn’t a monarch, but he sure acts like one. The second-longest-ruling head of state in the world, 85-year-old Biya just won a seventh term as President of Cameroon after a campaign rife with controversy."

In this journalist's first political piece, she writes about how Biya's win will heighten the crisis between the francophone majority and the english-speaking minority in her country.

https://www.adviceprojectmedia.com/single-post/2018/10/25/Paul-Biyas-Presidential-Win-in-Cameroon-Heightens-the-Ambazonia-Crisis

In Cameroon, the country still waits for election results about Biya, who has been in power since 1982 and is expected t...
10/12/2018

In Cameroon, the country still waits for election results about Biya, who has been in power since 1982 and is expected to enter his SEVENTH TERM amid allegations of electoral fraud, vote rigging, threats of violence, and continued bloody uprising in the Anglophone regions. One of our students in Bamenda, Cameroon reports that citizens have been forced inside for 12 days because of gunshots and a no movements ban. We are publishing a story about this on Monday - please mark your calendars and circle back!

We often wonder if people living outside of the US or Europe feel as though the world isn't watching? Wealthy countries tend to be myopic, but we know that so many of you living outside of the US and Europe are doing so much good in the world. If you are a young person living in Cameroon (or beyond) and want your story shared, let us know and we'll see if the Advice Project can make it happen. We accept written stories by youth and women, with a focus on gender issues and the environment. If we're unable to publish your story, then at the very least let us know about the things you're doing and we'll try to share your story on our page to widen the conversations about what's happening in this vast world of ours.

The map (taken from BBC) shows Cameroon, and points out where its two Anglophone regions are located. The country is separated into Anglophone (minority) and Francophone (majority) regions - Biya supports the Francophone regions.

A darkness descended over America when Brett Kavanaugh was sworn in as Supreme Court Justice, but as always, there is a ...
10/11/2018
We Believe Survivors

A darkness descended over America when Brett Kavanaugh was sworn in as Supreme Court Justice, but as always, there is a light. This website is a great resource and supports what we believe -- whether a survivor comes forward moments after a rape or over 30 years later, the Advice Project believes survivors. We also believe the majority of survivors who don't ever come forward. We see you.

https://www.brettkavanaugh.com/

The start of Brett Kavanaugh’s tenure on the Supreme Court may look like a victory for one interest group or another. But, more importantly, it is putting a national focus on the issue of sexual assault – and how we as a country can and should do more to prevent it and to support&nb

BIG NEWS: New Zealand has passed world-first legislation granting victims of domestic violence 10 days paid leave to all...
07/26/2018
'A huge win': New Zealand brings in paid domestic violence leave in world first

BIG NEWS: New Zealand has passed world-first legislation granting victims of domestic violence 10 days paid leave to allow them to leave their partners, find new homes and protect themselves and their children.

MPs cheer after legislation passes to tackle what one called ‘horrifying’ rates of family violence

Sarika Bansal, Editor-in-Chief of BRIGHT Magazine, wrote an important list that helps us begin to catch the patterns, to...
07/20/2018
Cockroaches, Demons, Pregnant Bellies. This Is The Language Of Dehumanization.

Sarika Bansal, Editor-in-Chief of BRIGHT Magazine, wrote an important list that helps us begin to catch the patterns, tones, and imagery that causes an ugly part of our brains to stop seeing other people as people.

We need to recognize the language that causes an ugly part of our brains to stop seeing other people as people.

01/24/2018
ATTN:

We love this story about powerful girls AND boys who learn about consent.

It's amazing what happens when boys are actually taught to respect women.

09/18/2017
Global Citizen

This man is changing culture by talking about periods every day.

"My job is to talk about periods every day." Chime for Change

07/11/2017
Guardian Australia

Decolonize education: "The world can only ever be as equal as the knowledge it is built upon."

Europe's standing in the world would not have been possible if it weren't for barbaric colonialism, violence and enslavement, says professor Kehinde Andrews. The myth of Europe as an enlightening force across the globe helps us to sleep at night, he argues, but is ultimately based on racism. It's time we faced that.

Special report from Cameroon: Why have schools been closed for a year in the Anglophone-minority regions? ______________...
07/05/2017
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Special report from Cameroon: Why have schools been closed for a year in the Anglophone-minority regions?
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Imagine -- It's Friday afternoon, and school is nearly out for the weekend. The principal of your high school tells your class not to return on Monday morning because there will be wide-spread protests in your country. This is exactly what happened in November in the Anglophone-minority regions of Cameroon, and schools remain closed.

Why have the doors to schools been shuttered? What are people protesting? (Hint: discrimination and human rights issues promoted by a dictator who has been in power since 1982 and a country that is still reeling within post-colonial systems.) How are young students suffering?

Advice Project teen journalist Nji Remi Adams reports this story that has been mostly ignored by the media outside of West Africa. Attention must be brought to this issue. Please read, respond, and share widely.
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https://www.adviceprojectmedia.com/single-post/2017/07/05/Special-Report-from-Cameroon-Why-have-schools-been-closed-for-a-year-in-Anglophone-minority-regions

Can you be feminist and enjoy tango? We love this piece by Sasha Cagen about how it truly takes two to tango. https://sa...
06/30/2017
How Can You Be a Feminist and Like Tango? - Sasha Cagen, Quirkyalone + To-Do List Author + Coach

Can you be feminist and enjoy tango? We love this piece by Sasha Cagen about how it truly takes two to tango.

https://sashacagen.com/tango/feminist-and-like-tango/

By Sasha Cagen “You’re not getting the lead,” he tells me. Gruff, mid-fifties, beady eyes, a ponytail dwindling halfway down his back, Ponytail Man chose me as his partner for this advanced tango class at Floreal, a traditional milonga in Buenos Aires. It’s nice to be chosen, but now I’m not sure. T...

“Women will no longer be simply tools of war, but will become powerful instruments of change.” Pamela Angwech (from in a...
06/13/2017
Instruments of change, not tools of war | adviceproject

“Women will no longer be simply tools of war, but will become powerful instruments of change.” Pamela Angwech (from in a letter of advice she wrote to her teenage self)

For 23 years, the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) terrorized Northern Uganda with physical and psychological torture. Under the leadership of Joseph Kony, a self-p...

This fascinating annotated transcript of some of 45's most misogynist, hateful words is brilliant. Thank you to writer/e...
06/13/2017
Locker Room Talk – ROAR

This fascinating annotated transcript of some of 45's most misogynist, hateful words is brilliant. Thank you to writer/editor Angela A Barton for publishing this with Roar Feminist Magazine.

https://roarfeminist.org/2017/06/13/locker-room-talk/

About This idea came to me last month during a march. I thought, "what if we tried to diagram or annotate that f**ked up thing he said?" Because to me it has a lot more to do with privilege, misogyny, patriarchy, and abuse of power, than with "dirty words" or "locker room talk." Part of me has this…

So excited about the recent publication of Kirsten Ott Palladino's book, Equally Wed: The Ultimate Guide to Planning You...
06/12/2017
Book | Equally Wed - LGBTQ Weddings

So excited about the recent publication of Kirsten Ott Palladino's book, Equally Wed: The Ultimate Guide to Planning Your LGBTQ+ Wedding! Now you can get your copy!

http://equallywed.com/book/

Equally Wed: The Ultimate Guide to Planning Your LGBTQ+ Wedding by Kirsten Palladino (May 30, 2017, Seal Press)

The Advice Project has been on the ground for the last few years in Guadeloupe (a French territory in the Caribbean) to ...
05/05/2017
Boudin: A Story Of Sausage, Slavery And Rebellion In The Caribbean

The Advice Project has been on the ground for the last few years in Guadeloupe (a French territory in the Caribbean) to learn about gender and environmental issues. Our students also explore issues of race, colonization, and slavery. Here, our founder tells a story for NPR's The Salt about our friend, Pascal Maxo, who makes a bloody type of sausage that is integrally connected to some of these issues.

http://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2017/05/04/526394343/boudin-a-story-of-sausage-slavery-and-rebellion-in-the-caribbean

This bloody fare was brought to the French territory of Guadeloupe by colonists, who set off deep racial tensions that still exist. But the messy sausage-making process also unites family and friends.

China's appetite for fish is having an enormous impact on our oceans and economies in West Africa. The Advice Project kn...
05/03/2017
China’s Appetite Pushes Fisheries to the Brink

China's appetite for fish is having an enormous impact on our oceans and economies in West Africa. The Advice Project knows that women and children suffer the most because of this sort of unchecked greed. Daba Mbaye, 49, one of the few people who smokes fish left working in Joal, Senegal, said smokers like her can no longer compete with giant fishmeal factories.

“They leave us with nothing, and we are powerless to stop them,” Ms. Mbaye said. “Now we are forced to catch juvenile fish, which is like going into a house and killing all the children. If you do that, the family will eventually disappear.”

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/04/30/world/asia/chinas-appetite-pushes-fisheries-to-the-brink.html

Overfishing is depleting oceans across the globe, but China’s enormous appetite and massive fleet of deep-sea fishing vessels is having an outsize impact.

Some literary geniuses have also been horrible fathers and misogynist husbands. Baudelaire, Verlaine, Tolstoy, and Dicke...
05/02/2017
Toward a Historical Theory of the Bad Dad and Husband

Some literary geniuses have also been horrible fathers and misogynist husbands. Baudelaire, Verlaine, Tolstoy, and Dickens, for example, were incredibly abusive to their families. It's worth considering whether they would have become literary behemoths were it not for the support of their wives. Perhaps not?

http://www.slate.com/articles/double_x/doublex/2016/04/the_invisible_women_s_labor_behind_every_art_monster_in_history.html

In New York a few weeks ago, Kim Brooks asked whether creativity and domesticity are compatible in women’s lives. The relationship between art and pare ...

Let Girls Learn, a program developed by Michelle Obama, will no longer be maintained by the White House (according to an...
05/02/2017
Trump administration memo calls for ending Michelle Obama's girls education program

Let Girls Learn, a program developed by Michelle Obama, will no longer be maintained by the White House (according to an internal memo). The program has done tremendous community development work globally with teen girls in developing countries. This is horrible news, and let's small nonprofits like ours know that now, more than ever, it is VITAL for us to keep growing our programs.

Will you help us grow ours? We need your help to keep our important teen program in Cameroon going:

https://www.classy.org/campaign/one-story-at-a-time-a-campaign-to-provide-space-and-resources-for-the-advice-project-in-cameroon/c105134

http://www.cnn.com/2017/05/01/politics/trump-michelle-obama-girls-education/index.html

The Trump administration is discontinuing a signature girls education initiative championed by former first lady Michelle Obama, according to officials.

Interesting project about people who identify as boys/young men in America!
05/01/2017
The Teen Boy in 2017 – MEL Magazine

Interesting project about people who identify as boys/young men in America!

Our yearlong investigation into the life and times of the American teen male

It's with great enthusiasm that I invite you to help me welcome Advice Project Media's new Board of Directors! Luke Howa...
04/25/2017
Join the Advice Project in welcoming our new Board of Directors!

It's with great enthusiasm that I invite you to help me welcome Advice Project Media's new Board of Directors!

Luke Howard, Saskia Layden, Felicity Miller, and Jennifer Swaim bring their experience and passion to the board, and their ideas are already strengthening the governance of the organization so that we can focus on sustainability and create a solid foundation for our existing programs (and budding programs!).

I'm also thrilled to announce that we've resumed classes in Cameroon thanks to our Program Manager Fomuso Blessing. Last week we spoke about topics for classes and writing assignments for our teens, and it will be exciting to see some of Blessing's great ideas brought into the classroom (she'd like to focus more on human rights).

Please check out our e-newsletter for more information and to read about our new Board of Directors.

As always, I extend a warm THANK YOU to our supporters, friends, partners, and especially our teen journalists!

http://mailchi.mp/eeb1aa5a198e/join-the-advice-project-in-welcoming-our-new-board-of-directors-2417649

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