May 14th: General 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: http://phillyyouthmedia.tumblr.com/ . 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!
- 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 (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Next Meeting will be Wednesday June 12th. Location TBD.