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November 13th PYMC General Meeting Notes

November 15, 2012 by admin in Meeting Notes

Notes from November 13th, 2012 PYMC Meeting

Thanks to Spiral Q for hosting us in their popup storefront space on Lancaster Ave, and for giving us a tour of their new workshop and office space on Haverford Ave. There were 13 people in attendance, with several new faces!

Some exciting updates from the field:

  • BPA is working with WHYY, PYN and the School District to develop and implement a 9th grade digital storyteller

    badge system. The Badge initiative is part of an effort by HASTAC, Mozilla and MacArthur… read more here This project has changed a lot since its inception, and continues to develop. It is currently being implemented at Lincoln High School.

  • The Free Library received funds to develop a teen space in the McPherson branch in Kensington, so they have started to work with the teens to make decisions about the design of the space, and they will be involved with the build out process which will take places in 2013.
  • David from the Mighty Post (Mighty Writers) talked about the new website which will serve as a platform for high school students to share their writing. The formal launch will take place in January, 2013. If you’re interested in submitting, visit the site, http://www.mightypost.org/ and click on the ‘Join Mighty Post’ link (currently at the bottom).
  • We are excited to have made new connections with Project HOME at the Honickman Learning Center which offers photography, music recording, and media literacy workshops to youth- they are excited to join our network!
  • UCCP and YES Philly are both working on election related pieces which showcase the youth perspective on politics and voting. Keep your eye open for those coming soon!

Standing Items:

Project Stipends

  • Congrats to UCCP for being the first organization to be awarded a Project Stipend. You can read their proposal at this link.
  • Project Stipends are open to all PYMC members, to be awarded on a first come, first serve basis. Read more about the initiative and the proposal form here.

Peer to Peer Workshops

  • Notes and handouts from the Copyright and Fair Use workshop have been added to the site, you can find them here.
  • We have not yet scheduled the next workshop- we will leave it for discussion at December’s meeting.

Grants Update

  • I had submitted the Knight Arts grant on behalf of PYMC… we will wait to hear.
  • No other grants pending- if you hear of opportunities that might be appropriate for the network, please share them with Laura at: phillyyouthmedia@gmail.com

New Business:

Membership: There is a current call for new members to PYMC. If you are interested in becoming a core member, please read over the membership guidelines and rewards on the PYMC site, and contact Laura with any questions.

Formation of the Youth Committee

  • We will be sending out a call for nominations for the Youth Committee. The idea is to organize a group of 10 young people between the ages of 16-21 who will work together from Jan to June to plan a series of youth-targeted, youth-led programs. PYMC affiliated organizations can nominate up to 4 youth to participate. They do not have to be currently enrolled in a program. The flyer and application form with more details will be sent around this week. Deadline to apply, December 18, 2012.
  • Jeannine Cook from Positive Minds will be working as the facilitator for this project.

Looking ahead to the coming year

We did an activity in which each person contributed a goal they would like to see PYMC reach in the coming year, and a goal they would like to see their organization reach. We spent some time reviewing them, and discussing different tactics toward increasing visibility of the network, and increasing the presence of youth at different city events, both as participants, and as youth reporters.

Some interesting ideas to follow up:

  • Work with Technically Philly to create a youth media map to show where program providers are located and the services they offer throughout the city.
  • Filmmaker Badges. Identify when the major film festivals are happening, and work with Festival staff to access press badges for a group of youth to cover the events.
  • Identify the annual city festivals and events, and consider what a youth media presence would look like at those places. (TAG Resource Festival, ODUNDE, Technically Philly, etc)
  • Youth Press Core. Train a street team to cover and report on different city-wide events. These representatives could come from different groups, and their material could be shared on multiple platforms and outlets.
  • Consider developing Youth Media Badges that could connect programs and establish credibility and increase value of youth media work (to include and connect multiple disciplines)
  • Consider how to make better connections with schools and community colleges.

Next Media Slam to be hosted January 11th or January 18th at a location to be determined. We are seeking a space that can hold at least 100 people, and will allow for us to showcase different types of youth produced media work (including visual art, photography, puppets, etc).

NEXT MEETING: Tues December 11th. Location TBD. 10-noon.

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