HAP is an interactive, educational experience designed to enhance the knowledge of middle and high school students in underserved neighborhoods around the rich history, heritage, and culture of Memphis and the Midsouth.
HAP offers a six-week internship experience for students to learn about important people, places, and events that shape Memphis’ 200-year history. Participants also discover unknown gems about their surrounding neighborhoods and get a chance to meet history makers still thriving in the community, while connecting to their own present and future story.
This experience also offers career pathway training for school-aged youth interested in film production, media literacy, and broadcast journalism. Students will receive a modest stipend for completing this internship experience.
The goal of HAP is to foster a sense of civic and community pride through the cross-pollination of community and neighborhood stories. Thereby, connecting youth with historical and character-building knowledge not only enhances their sense of self and appreciation for the contributions their forebears have made throughout the years but also instills a greater sense of pride and ownership in the positive outcome of their future story.
Over the course of six weeks, HAP participants will interview local history makers, learn from longtime residents, and visit historical landmarks, museums, and sites that are pertinent to their learning experience. Participants will then be given the opportunity to recount their experiences through the production of their very own short documentary film.