Spotlight On: mtvU – Music and Activism for College Studentsby Leah Koenig | February 5, 2013 | 0 comments
College students: are you a diehard music fan, and also into activism and service? Do you spend half your extra-curricular time as a DJ at your university’s radio station, and the rest helping to advance human rights – but never had a chance to bring the two passions together? Now you can.
mtvU is a seriously awesome offshoot of MTV Networks, and a 24-hour television channel available at more than 750 college and university campuses across the country. Musically, it focuses on indie rock, pop punk, and hip hop, and it also features college-specific programming like Campus Dispatch (student correspondents discussing topics like Teach for America and student veterans) and Hire Learning (hilarious and informative tales from real-life job interviews).
But here’s the kicker: In addition to it’s musical and programmatic awesomeness, mtvU offers tons of ways to get involved with important causes around the world. Here are just a few:
- Against Our Will: mtvU’s campaign against human trafficking in all its forms: sex trafficking, labor trafficking, and all other types of modern day slavery. The campaign shares the facts, and gives opportunities for you to get involved.
- Half of Us: mtvU’s campaign to start a public dialogue about mental illness and depression within the college community. It includes tons of ways to get involved and help others who are dealing with stress, depression, anxiety, trauma and other mental health issues.
- Fulbright-mtvU Fellows: An amazing opportunity for college students to travel around the world and promote the “power of music.” One former Fulbright-mtvU fellow, Aaron Shneyer, founded Heartbeat, an organization that unites Israeli and Palestinian youth musicians through music.
Sound great? We think so. Tune in and plug in to mtvU’s work, and make a difference!