Find Your Voice, Raise Your Voice

AIM’s tagline is “raise your voice,” and every day, members are doing just that. But before you can raise your voice, you have to find it. By teaching people skills and providing them a place to practice, AIM helps members discover their passions, give them expression, and then share them with others.

“Better than my dream” is how Doa’a Nour (https://www.facebook.com/DoaaNourPhotography/) describes her experience. With a diploma in communications and film direction, Doa’a had hosted two television talk shows in Egypt but had never been behind a camera. At AIM she learned both new terminology and actual camera operation. Now, she’s working on a documentary of her own.

“AIM gave me the skills—and the confidence—to raise my voice for the issues that concern me,” says Doa’a, who is currently working to fund and finish The Power of Dates, the story of an immigrant woman struggling to get good prenatal care in this country. The film address three areas of particular interest to her: the experience of foreign nationals and immigrants in the U.S., feminism, and returning to natural remedies. “I am really happy and proud to be doing this work through AIM,” she says.

Unlike Doa’a, Bunmi Akinnusotu had never done anything in radio or television until her cousin persuaded her to come to the introductory community media class. Now she’s building her technical, editorial, and political chops as she produces and hosts What in the World? on WERA (Saturday mornings at 11:00). Her show is a vehicle for women and people of color to showcase their expertise in foreign policy—and to do so in a way that feels relevant and understandable to the layperson (https://www.facebook.com/WhatInTheWorldPodcast/).

“I sat on the idea for the show for a few months and finally got the courage to move forward,” says Bunmi. “I’ve learned I can tell stories, and I can tell others’ stories as well—and I’ve found a new community. I hadn’t realized how homogenous my circle of acquaintances was. That’s really changed with AIM!” She loves the “new kind of audio and storytelling nerds” she’s found. “It’s an amazing community.”

—Lynn Borton