The Bridge, which premiered earlier this month, is an innovative teen series on PDS-TV24 from the DeKalb County School District and features talk, entertainment and educational shows written and recorded by and starring students.
“It’s a great program because it presents the best in talk and entertainment from a teenager’s perspective,” said district spokeswoman Portia Kirkland.
“It’s exciting because students discuss topics ranging from video gaming and college choices to fashion tips and budgeting finances and the teen series will also include interviews of celebrity guests and community leaders, as well as performances.”
Miller Grove High School senior Ashailyn McGill said the series gives students the chance to speak up and be heard.
McGill, who is a student producer and helped develop content for the shows as well as select talent and production, said she is normally soft-spoken and quiet.
“I am a cancer survivor and was bullied when I was younger because of the way I looked after going through treatments, but working with The Bridge has given me more confidence and a way to express my talents, like photography and dance,” she said.
McGill said after having many positive experiences directing a varied group of students from throughout the county, she is ready to keep pursuing leadership roles in the future.
Similarly, DeKalb Early College Academy senior Taylor Dudley, a singer and musician, said being featured as a musical guest on the series helped her overcome her nervousness about performing live and meet new friends in the process.
“I loved being on a real set with lighting, makeup artists and cameramen — all of them students,” she said. “The cast of The Bridge is like family now and everyone is very professional and takes it very seriously.”
Although summer break is fast approaching, station manager Larry Steele said the cast and crew are already gearing up for another season.
“We’re looking forward to next season and we’ll begin taping and casting again in September,” he said.
Steele said the series’ first episodes really showcased student talent and he hopes that continues. “It was really a pleasure working with such talented and gifted students in the county,” he said. “We have some amazing students here in DeKalb and this program really shows what these students have to offer.”
Episodes of the series can be watched any time on the school district’s YouTube channel, which can be accessed by visiting www.dekalb.k12.ga.us/www/news/blog/watch-the-bridge-anytime-on-our-youtube-channel/.