HarlemLive introduces young people to journalism and computer technology in order to build their skills and introduce them to resources in the communications field. Its goal is to develop “leading-edge activists who care deeply about the communities in which they live and who are trained to play pivotal leadership roles as 21st century communicators.”
HarlemLive provides media resources and experiences to help young people become more successful while increasing their communication skills. The program combines training and hands-on experience in journalism, photography, video, and computer technology for young people, ages 13 to 21, and trains them to produce and manage an on-line magazine about the Harlem community called “HarlemLive.” Teenagers run every aspect of the publication and are assigned positions such as editor-in-chief, managing editor, photo editor, reporters, layout designers, administrators and technicians. They are responsible for editorial content, production schedules and community outreach.