Philadelphia Youth Media Collaborative

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PYMC General Mtg notes, October 16th, 2013

October 20, 2013 by admin in Meeting Notes

PYMC General Meeting October 16th, 2013

Location: Mural Arts Education Classroom at 1219 Vine St.

Introductions & Program Updates:

  • Rodney with Mural Arts shared a bit about their work with The Public Workshop and how they designed their youth space. Their last event Hack this Classroom was both an open house and an opportunity to learn about how design-thinking can inform the design of educational spaces.
  • Taylor Frome from YES provided an update about the recent opening of their new accelerated high school and media rich after school program.
  • Nuala from UCC, shared an update from POPPYN, as they work on their next episode about education and organizing. They are looking for positive youth stories on this topic, so get in touch if you want to recommend a student or a project- get in touch with POPPYN.
  • Sherri from CMIL updated us on a recent TV series titled Media Inside Out which will be premiering on TUTV. The series will feature stories that take a critical look at the media.
  • Rachel Fryd, Youth Services Coordinator at The Free Library will be joining us at PYMC meetings moving forward. We will be sad to miss K-Fai Steele who has been a leader and advocate for innovative

    youth media at the Library and within our network for the last 2 years.

  • Ellen from AAI, shared updates from their youth programs: ongoing open studio, Youth Arts Workshop and video mapping program with Middle School students, facilitated by Teaching Artist, Anula Shetty.
  • Chris Gage who teaches in the media

    lab at Mural Arts joined us for the first time and is eager to get more connected with other youth media programs

  • Liza from Spiral Q is preparing for People Hood Parade on Nov 3. The parade will start at 50th and Walnut and continue to Clark Park. Everyone is invited!
  • Dwight from BPA shared news of his most recent film, Facing the Night, which looks at the impact of absent fathers on young boys. There will be a Preview Fundraising Screening at the Freedom Theater on Sat. Nov 2nd at 3pm and 7pm, tickets are $20. Students are eligible for free admission- contact


  • As discussed at the last meeting, we are going ahead with a partnership with the Urban Maps and Apps Studio to create a youth media map/app. They have organized a development team of 4 High School teens, and a college mentor to work with PYMC through May on the design and implementation of the project. Oct- Feb will be research

    and design phase. Feb- May will be coding and implementation. WE ARE LOOKING FOR A SMALL FOCUS GROUP OF STUDENTS & PROGRAM STAFF TO ASSIST IN THIS PROCESS. There will be opportunities for all members to give input and feedback, but it would be ideal to have a group of 3-4 people who would like to commit to being point people to work with the development team 1-2 times/month to give feedback along the way. Contact Laura if you are interested in participating (or want to recommend a student- great way for alumni to stay connected and give feedback)!

New Business

Nov 9th Mashed Media Conference – program details almost all confirmed!!

  • The full program can be viewed here – I will be sending out a separate invite for you to circulate widely to your networks!
  • We will need lots of volunteers the day of the event. If you or your students, student’s parents, colleagues or friends are interested in helping out during the day, please fill out this form with your availability. We can offer tokens to all the volunteers upon request.
  • Swag Bags. We will be filling bags for 150 attendees. If you would like to put program information, postcards or any other giveaways in the bag, we will need it by

    NOV 4th.

    You can deliver materials to PhillyCAM or contact Laura to make other arrangements before NOV 4th.

January 25th Kimmel Center Youth Media Event

  • PhillyCAM will be taking the lead to organize a youth media showcase at the Kimmel Center’s Perelman Theater on Saturday Jan 25th.
  • We propose 3-6pm.
  • We are seeking a program that draws a large audience and showcases local youth work in different mediums.
  • We discussed framing the event around the issues of youth and incarceration, and invite Pull of Gravity filmmakers to discuss their work, and then do a call for work that relates to this topic.
  • We’d like to define an organizing principle/issue to shape the event so it can have a more directed purpose.
  • Gretjen suggested inviting Frank Cardon who was involved with the film Teen Dreams and now works at HBO and continues to produce films.
  • How can we incorporate photos/slideshow, performers (with one mic), as well as short videos and other work in the program.

If you have additional program updates always feel free to share

them with the google group, or email brief text & photo for upload to the website!

PYMC members will be meeting for a strategic retreat on November 21st.

We will not have a meeting in November, stay tuned for the next meeting date.

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