First, get inspired! Watch this video of young journalists reading letters they wrote to Gwen Ifill, former co-anchor of the PBS NewHour. Although this example is about a different topic and is highly produced, note how each student speaks from the heart.
Then, follow these simple steps:
STEP 1: Write a short letter to your Middle School self about what you wish you knew about mental health before high school. Include your thoughts about how schools and young people could better support teen mental health in general.
You might begin your letter:
Dear Middle School [YOUR NAME]
If I could go back in time, I would want you to know….
STEP 2: Film yourself reading the letter, but be sure to look into the camera as often as possible (extra points if you can memorize your letter and speak directly to camera!). To film, you can use your phone, computer, or video camera. Make sure you are nicely lit and in a quiet room.
STEP 3: Edit your video-letter by adding photos and b-roll video. Be creative and create a mood. Your video should be under 2 minutes.
- If you need a free editing program, try WeVideo.com
- If you’d like to add music to your video, choose a track with a creative common license (like from the YouTube Audio Library)
BE CREATIVE, HAVE FUN, AND GOOD LUCK!