For the first time in many of our lifetimes, we as a society are on the verge of true social change. As more and more women and men come forward sharing their stories of sexual harassment and abuse, and more and more men are forced out of positions of power in response to their stories, we are at the precipice of seeing a true shift in the power dynamics that our society has been built on.

One of the biggest reasons that this change is happening is the #MeToo movement. As Time Magazine put it, 2017 is the year of the Silence Breakers.

But, as with any movement as large and far reaching as #MeToo, the spotlight can come with both good and bad. Read below to see what the reporters of The kNOw have to say about the importance of the #MeToo movement — and who it’s leaving behind.

The kNOw Youth Media
The kNOw works to support and equip young people with the journalism and advocacy skills they need to tell their stories and the stories of their communities.

In 2006, over 25 youth began participating in weekly after-school writing workshops where they congregated in the hallway of a two-story building in West Fresno and learned the essentials of creating media and telling their stories. The group evolved over the next five years and is now proudly recognized as The kNOw Youth Media.

Through our program, we create opportunities for our youth participants, who in turn create long-term positive change in their communities. Our approach weaves youth development and youth media innovation to produce our biannual youth publication, multimedia projects, and community forums.

The kNOw began as a project of New America Media, which was the country’s first and largest national collaboration and advocate of 2000 ethnic news organizations. In 2018 The kNOw became a project of Youth Leadership Institute.

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