GLOW Academy partners with Sony to launch digital media program, cast and crew of ‘Outer Banks’ to serve as mentors

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — GLOW Academy is adding a new program to its catalog thanks to a partnership with a major entertainment company.

GLOW Academy is the only girls-only public charter school in North Carolina. Its curriculum focuses on hands-on learning in science, technology, engineering, art, and math.

As the new school year begins, GLOW girls will be able to learn about film and television production, digital media and journalism through professional-grade high-tech equipment led by the Digital Communications and Video Production Specialist Michael Frederick.

Digital media is obviously something that we’re all more involved in, so I think giving these girls the opportunity to be creators rather than just viewers is going to really strengthen what they can do in the community and strengthen their voice. “, Frederick said.

GLOW executives have been discussing the idea of ​​creating a program like this for some time, and it came to fruition through a partnership with Sony Pictures Entertainment and its Global Social Justice Fund to help diversify the entertainment industry. media.

There are no dollar signs on the investment, GLOW Academy CEO Todd Godbey explains that it is a commitment to bring the program to life.

“This equipment is expensive, these resources are not cheap and so to have someone give us the resources we need to provide these girls with a high level education is phenomenal,” said Frederick.

The media curriculum isn’t the only new thing at school. This will be Kate Tayloe’s first year as director of the academy. Tayloe has been an educator for 20 years, most recently as Principal of Alderman Elementary School.

She says GLOW is a place of innovation and this program and partnership is proof of the continued evolution of students.

“It’s only for their benefit that we’re always looking for ways to help them be connected to what’s possible in their future,” Tayloe said.

The program will be very practical, ranging from an internal newscast to creating media for the school as well as external clients.

There will also be a group of starred mentors. The cast and crew of Netflix hit ‘Outer Banks’ plan to help out virtually and on campus.

“For these students, even as early as middle school, to develop these skills that will not only pass the time while they’re here, but even more once they’ve moved on to the next stage for each of them, “, said Tayloe.

Program instructor Michael Frederick says they would love to partner with the community and encourage any small businesses that would like some students to create media so they can reach them.

GLOW still has a few spots available in grades 6-9 for the coming year. Visit their website for more information.

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