Shift Press is a media organization that helps youth move power through story sharing and education. Through our educational programs, youth share stories on local power and folks of all ages learn how to use media to their benefit.
Donors believe that young people deserve to be seen and heard. They play no role in guiding the journalism produced by Shift Press or the planning and execution of events.
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Shift Press was created by the Institute of Engagement, a collective that helps young people take responsible ownership of their Houston. With funding from the Simmons Foundation, the collective launched its Civic Fellowship in 2018, where a cohort of 13 students from across the Greater Houston area gained civic skills and knowledge and then applied them to a topic of their choice. (Topics included restorative justice, gentrification, and AAPI civic engagement, among others.)
By the end of that year-long program, it was clear that the fellows and their peers lacked autonomous spaces to share and amplify their work and local legacy media outlets didn't cater to their information needs.
As a result, the collective launched Shift Press July of 2020 with support from the Institute for Citizens and Scholars. Since then, the collective has engaged thousands of Houston young people and their stories through direct pitches and past organization activities:
- intensive journalism fellowship
- live-streamed, youth-led community conversations
- neighborhood writing series collaborations
- media trainings for local youth-concerned organizations
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Shift Press is an initiative of the Institute of Engagement, which is a project of Social Good Fund Inc., a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that sponsors and develops projects that will help positively impact and develop local communities into healthier and happier places to live, work, and be.