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December 11th PYMC General Meeting Notes

December 12, 2012 by admin in Meeting Notes

Notes from December 11th, 2012 PYMC Meeting

Thanks to Might Writers for hosting us in their MightyPost storefront space on South Street. There were 10 people in attendance, with several new faces which is always great!

We opened by checking in around

some challenge or issues we are facing in our work. Here’s a sampler:

  • K-Fai from the Free Library discussed that she has been working with a youth team to determine how to create teen friendly spaces in the library. This might look like a dedicated space at the main library, or branches, or a whole branch dedicated to teens? She is also eager to find ways to develop partnerships with PYMC members to offer programming at this new space, but in a way that can be transformative for both partners.
  • Diane from Girls Rock Philly discussed the challenge and rewards of working with girls from ages 9-17 within a single space- how to make sure all ages benefit from working together without short changing the needs young girls have at different ages.
  • Debbie from PhillyCAM has been collecting youth media work from around the country to showcase on the channel. She highlighted the need of building a public archive at to collect this body of youth work so it can serve as an accessible resource into the future…
  • Anthony Hopkins, a local producer from Fox 29 News joined us to offer his time to youth organizations to share his professional experience, give tours, and meet with groups interested in broadcast and TV. What a great resource. Thanks, Anthony!

Standing Items:

Project Stipends

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. The Steering Committee will be meeting on Jan 11 to review current proposals. Don’t miss this opportunity to initiate a project with another organization, or try something new within your organization!

Peer to Peer Workshops

We had a good discussion around issues of engagement that seem to surface for different groups, and we all have different strategies for making our programs exciting for young people. We decided that the next workshop should have a peer to peer element with young people. We tentatively decided on early March to set up workshop that would invite different program staff to talk about strategies they use to engage their participants, and then dedicate half the time to a ‘panel’ with youth to give their feedback about strategies that work for them.

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 for details on how to apply. We plan to take a vote on New Members in January, so please get in touch before the new year!

Formation of the Youth Committee

Jeannine Cook joined us at the meeting today to introduce herself and be part of the discussion around youth committee recruitment since she will be the primary facilitator for this group.

We currently have 7 applications. We are still looking for 3-4 more candidates. If you have interested students, please have them contact me this week. We would like to hold to the MONDAY, DEC 17 DEADLINE. ‘Event Planning’ is not just a gal’s thing- so encourage your young men to apply too!

Jeannine is happy to plan a visit to your site to meet interested students in person and spend 5 mins talking about this opportunity. Please email Laura to help set this up.

Speed Networking Activity

We tried a new activity that paired up attendees for 5 mins at a time to quickly get to know one another and discuss ways they might work together in the future. This was a really fun and effective activity that I hope can be a mainstay of PYMC meetings!

Upcoming Events/Announcements:

I’m trying to keep our calendar updated as I learn of activities: Please share your events, and sign up for our google calendar to stay updated.

Jan 8th: PEC will be starting an IT Essentials course on M-W-F from 1:30-3:30. Upon completion participants will be eligible for A+ certification. 3939 Warren Street. Email Nasha for more details:

Jan 8th: PYMC Networking Event 5:30-8pm. RSVP and View Details here! or do it now:

Jan 18th: Youth Media Slam. Call for submissions/participants coming SOON! 5-8pm


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