Instagram announced Tuesday that it has partnered with Young Leaders for Active Citizenship (YLAC) to launch the 2021 edition of its flagship youth program: the Counter Speech Fellowship. The program will focus on mental health and other critical issues.
The Counter Speech Fellowship engages creative teens to use the power of visual storytelling to initiate meaningful conversations on issues that are important to young citizens around the world. This includes harassment, diversity, mental well-being and gender equality. The program reaches its fifth edition and has been designed taking into account current circumstances.
Tara Bedi, head of public policy and community outreach, Instagram, India, said Instagram is a place for safe expression and in recent months we have seen especially how our community has used the platform to help each other and support each other.
“With teens spending more time online and using the Internet as a space to learn, it’s even more important for us to instill healthy digital habits, teach teens to be critical of the information they consume and share, and use online spaces to learn. get We are delighted to launch the fifth edition of the Counter Speech Fellowship which helps teens deal with mental health and well-being, bullying, gender equality and diversity, and which allows teens to advocate for online safety and the positive expression “. added.
The scholarship is designed as a fully funded commitment in which fellows meet each alternate week for a couple of hours. The overall duration of the fellowship is two months and has been designed as a virtual commitment to accommodate the restrictions imposed by covid-19. All sessions will be held online and the program is open to all students aged 13 to 18 who are currently enrolled in a school in India. The deadline for applications is May 31.
Aparajita Bharti, co-founder of YLAC, said: “The Internet and online social media have been a definite force during this pandemic. They have helped us continue to learn and stay engaged with others, even if we are physically separated. The Counter Speech Fellowship is our attempt to empower teens to use these platforms effectively and harness their power to develop personal growth while building supportive communities. “
The Counter Speech Fellowship was first launched in 2017 and has since spread to several cities in India.
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