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May 14th: General Meeting Notes.

May 14, 2013 by admin in Meeting Notes

Our May general meeting was held at PhillyCAM. We were excited to be joined for the first time by Hannah Ashley from West Chester University and Margaret Ernst from Parks and Recreation. It’s always great to see new partnerships forged at each meeting!

Some exciting updates from attendees included:

  • Hannah Ashely shared information about a budding program at WCU which offers a Youth Empowerment and Urban Studies minor, with a focus in Youth Media.
  • Gretjen Clausing shared that she will be attending the Alliance for Community Media conference in SF in the end of May, and will be speaking on a panel about youth networks, representing Philly and the great work that’s been building here.
  • Nuala Cabral is working with the Black Star Film Festival to program the youth media track, seeking youth films, focused on work by and about people of African descent.
  • Velvet announced that YES Philly will be opening an accelerated HS for students 17-21- they will be accepting students in June, and looking for general teachers, media instructors and staff.

Standing Items & Report Backs:

  • 4 new Project Stipends awarded to PEC, PSU, CMIL and BPA. You can read their proposals and project updates on the Project Stipend page.
  • The Mixed and Mashed Mixer at PEC on May 3rd was a very successful youth committee led event, which brought together 25 young artists to explore ways they might collaborate across mediums. If you haven’t already, check out the photos here and stay up to date on their weekly process by following their tumblr page: . The finale event will be held on Friday JUNE 28th. See details and RSVP here.
  • Gretjen from PhillyCAM gave a great report back from the events of Philly Tech Week. PhillyCAM and PYMC partnered with PTW and received support to livestream 10 events and work with a youth crew of 12 students to pull it off! Joined by students from the Youth Committee, as well as PEC students already receiving training from a partner program, students gained experience running camera, hosting, using the switcher, working the telepromter and interviewing audience members at various events. All of the events will be shown on PhillyCAM in June, and available online via PhillyCAM’s vimeo page and Philly In Focus.
  • PYMC also organized an event during Philly Tech Week: Ignite Youth Media. 7 5-minute presentations from PYMC member organizations will be uploaded and shared on PhillyCAM as well. This was an interesting experiment for us as a network to condense and frame our work. Stay tuned for more details of their release!

New Business

  • Upcoming Grant: Hastac’s summer Program: Connect. We spent some time discussing proposal ideas that PYMC might submit in collaboration with the Free Library, or as a network. One of the areas they are looking to fund is: Social apps – Create apps, including mobile apps, that promote and enable civic engagement with peers, community building, and kindness to others. We spent some time talking about what a youth media app might look like- perhaps with a map interface, or a way to aggregate content from youth on a particular topic or theme. We like the idea of bringing together youth from different programs to work on this project, and gain new development and design skills. If you have particular areas of expertise and/or would like to be involved in the development of this proposal, please email Laura (


  • Girls Rock Philly Open House and showcase will take place on Saturday May 18th at 2pm (open house 12-6)
  • Decarcerate PA is organizing a march from Philly to Harrisburg starting May 25th to protest funding to prisons over education. Visit their website for more details on how to get involved.
  • Access Philly will be organizing forums throughout the city to

    discuss the next steps after school closures.

  • YES will have a student showcase on June 6th from 5:30-7:30 at CCP.
  • PEC’s Teen Tech Network premiered 2 episodes of a talk show they recently completed about the school closings. If you missed the screening, they will air on PhillyCAM and be shared online, details to come.
  • PEC will be hosting a ‘ted-style talk’ on June 14th on Lancaster Ave.
  • POPPYN Episode #11, will premiere in late June
  • WCU has some classroom and meeting space available at 7th and Market if groups could use spaces for workshops or presentations, get in touch with Hannah Ashley (hashley (at)
  • June 21st- Make Music Day. There will be an event at the Free Library (maybe outside on the steps) for groups to perform.. musicians and performers of all types. Get in touch with diane (at) if you’re interested in participating and learning more!
  • Youth Media Reporter is relaunching and currently has a call for submissions.
  • Happy Hour- early June… look for a save the date, coming soon!

Next Meeting will be Wednesday June 12th. Location TBD.

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