The Youth Committee is a programming and youth leadership group within the Philadelphia Youth Media Collaborative (PYMC). The goal of the Youth Committee is to offer leadership and training opportunities to youth participants who will in turn work together to design and implement a series of activities and opportunities for youth across the city. We want to offer support and space for youth to organize events that foster collaboration and connection with their peers, and increase the visibility city-wide of youth media work. We have allocated a small portion of the budget for youth events; the advisory team will designate how these funds will be used.
Meet the Group:
Heather Amina Jonny. I’m currently a student at ccp. My major is special education with a minor in dance. I’m not in any other programs. I’m a creative person who imagines things in different directions. I’m also a cosmologist at home.
Brittany Crawford. I am interested in photography,poetry and film. I attend Yes Philly and I’m a member of Youth United for Change. I hope to take away from this experience communication skills and a more detailed understanding of the media field.
Andre Reed. Dre for short, I’m a student at University of the Arts majoring in animation, and have hopes of one day having my own hit cartoon show. I draw, work with cameras, and do a lot reading. I also intern in WHYY’s afterschool and summer programs helping other youth learn media production. What I hope to draw from this experience is to build my network and become apart of yours!
Hasinah Abdul-Rahman. Plans to major in fashion design. Currently studying at the Community College of Philadelphia. Listens to K-Pop. Loves cats and candy. Favorite color is pink. Involved with Mighty Writers as a Teen Scholar.
Kristine Keen. I am interested in creative arts, poetry and film. My art is my passion and life is my muse. I am currently a student involved in WHYY’s afterschool program and part of a Global Advocacy Leadership Series(GALS) program with Women’s Campaign International. I hope to build my own film studio from the ground up and help youth such as myself make their dreams of joining the film industry a reality.
Zyaira Fitzgerald. I am a senior at Girard College High School and will be entering college in the fall, majoring in Film. My biggest passions are Film and Music. I play five (working on six) instruments and spend most of my time listening to music, watching movies, and making both! I have participated in Girls Rock Philly as well as the Delphi Summer Teen film program.
De’Vonna DeBeary. My name is De’Vonna , I prefer to just be called Donna . I’m smart sweet and pretty cool . I can come off weird . I’m really nice . I’m open minded and helpful. I am a student at Bartram High School and participate in Education Works.
Terence Lewis. I’m 18 years old, 6’0, love to play basketball and make videos. I work with the POPPYN youth news program. I enjoy making people laugh. I can cook. God first, family second, then everything else.
Mary Simmons. Mary Simmons is a 23 year old former navy brat. She became a resident in Philadelphia 2001, where she attended the Philadelphia school district and YESPhilly. She is now a student at CCP, where she majors in Photographic Imaging. Her hopes are to be an established photographer, as well as videographer.
Sydney Bynum. I’m currently a senior at Constitution High School. I was first introduce to PYMC through the lovely people at WHYY Public Media Commons. In my leisure time I enjoy reading, music and film.
Marvin Devose. I am from Philadephia, the city where crime rates are so low and all the brothers love each other. I have recently graduated from South Philadelphia High School and now attend the Community College of Philadelphia, majoring in Video Production. On my free time I like to read, write, play sports and be incredibly lethargic. I’m a Senior Producer at Presenting Our Perspective on Philly Youth News (POPPYN).