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YouTube, Michelle Obama link on learning-focused “Creators for Change”

YouTube has partnered with Michelle Obama to produce a new learning-focused documentary special set to educate girls in Vietnam as part of the Google-owned video-sharing platform’s YouTube Originals imprint. Creators for ...
December 10, 2019

YouTube has partnered with Michelle Obama to produce a new learning-focused documentary special set to educate girls in Vietnam as part of the Google-owned video-sharing platform’s YouTube Originals imprint.

Creators for Change with Michelle Obama: Girls’ Education, produced by Vox Media Studios for YouTube Originals, will follow the former U.S. First Lady as she visits a school in Vietnam as part of the Obama Foundation’s Girls Opportunity Alliance, which promotes adolescent girls education around the world, to highlight the importance of girls education worldwide.

Joining Obama will be Hollywood icon Julia Roberts, YouTube creator and actress Liza Koshy, Vietnamese-American actress and dancer Lana Condor, Vietnamese actress Ngô Thanh Vân (Veronica Ngo) and the Today show’s Jenna Bush Hager.

During their visit, the group met with young girls who are benefiting from Room to Read, a non-profit organization working with the Girls Opportunity Alliance to support adolescent girls’ education in Vietnam.

YouTube will additionally send its creators to India and Namibia to profile other female-centric education efforts supported by the Girls Opportunity Alliance, while also sharing stories of adolescent girls overcoming adversity to pursue their education.

Creators for Change with Michelle Obama: Girls’ Education is slated to premiere in March 2020 on YouTube.

The special serves as the first installation of a forthcoming learning-focused docuseries titled Creators for Change. The original series will feature famous international faces and YouTube creators determined to bring attention to the stories and causes close to their hearts.

Details and participants for additional episodes will also be announced next year, YouTube said in a statement.

Nadine Zylstra, head of learning for YouTube Originals, along with Laurel Stier and Lauren Vrazilek, part of the learning development team, will oversee the project. Susanne Daniels is global head of original content for YouTube.

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Daniele Alcinii is a news editor at realscreen, the leading international publisher of non-fiction film and television industry news and content. He joined the RS team in 2015 with experience in journalism following a stint out west with Sun Media in Edmonton's Capital Region, and with communications work in Melbourne, Australia and Toronto. You can follow him on Twitter at @danielealcinii.

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