Appalshop is a non-profit multi-disciplinary arts and education center in the heart of Appalachia producing original films, video, theater, music and spoken-word recordings, radio, photography, multimedia, and books. Appalshop's education and training programs support communities' efforts to solve their own problems in a just and equitable way.
BAVC (pronounced "bay-vac") is a nonprofit media arts center that was founded in 1976 by a coalition of media makers and activists who wanted to find alternative, civic-minded applications for a new technology - PortaPak video. While the technology has continued to change, BAVC’s mission to bring increased cultural and economic participation to underserved communities through media, and our belief that telling compelling stories is powerful for both media maker and audience, remains.
Conscious Youth Media Crew (CYMC) is a San Francisco youth-based, digital media production studio. We provide technology and training to empower high-risk youth ages 15-22 to create quality media that represents their experiences, stimulates meaningful dialogue, and promotes social change.
Global Kids' programs address the urgent need for young people to possess leadership skills and an understanding of complex global issues to succeed in the 21 st century workplace and participate in the democratic process.
Michelle Fine and Maria Elena Torre of the Graduate Center at the City University of New York, along with other colleagues, worked intensively with a corps of 50 high-school aged researchers to study the "achievement gap" — what the students quickly renamed the "opportunity gap" for the way it creates "separate but unequal in the same building." The Participatory Action Research (PAR) Collective at the CUNY Graduate Center dreams wildly about critical inquiry, social theory and the politics of social justice for youth. With the craft of PAR, their projects seek to reveal theoretically and empirically the contours of injustice and resistance while we challenge the very bases upon which traditional conceptions of "expert knowledge" sit.
Mindy Faber :: Project Author
Mindy Faber, founder of Open Youth Networks, is an award-winning independent video producer, curator and media educator. Her awards include Berlin Film Festival 1994 Grand Prize in Video, Best Experimental Video, Atlanta Film Festival, the prestigious Deutsch Kunst Prize and many others. A recipient of a 1996 Rockefeller Intercultural Media Fellowship, Faber's series of videos produced in collaboration with teenagers reaped numerous awards and were screened at hundreds of venues, including the National Conference on Multicultural Education, the Nashville Film Festival, the Sundance Film Festival and the Taos Talking Pictures Festival. As the former Director of Distribution at Video Machete and the Associate Director of the Video Data Bank at the Art Institute of Chicago, Faber has curated over a dozen video shows and exhibitions on youth, politics, gender, race and democracy.
Piloted in 2001, Reel Grrls is a unique after-school media & technology training program that empowers girls to critique media images and to gain media technology skills in a safe, open environment, mentored by a network of multi-cultural women media professionals. As media plays such an influential role in our global society, we believe that if women and girls are to achieve equality and advancement in today's world they must be taught to be media literate.
Spy Hop Productions is a not-for-profit youth media arts and educational enrichment center located in the historic Artspace district of downtown Salt Lake City. Our mission is to cultivate the visions and voices of an emerging generation via the big screen, the airwaves, and the world-wide-web.
Street-Level Youth Media educates Chicago's urban youth in media arts and emerging technologies for use in self-expression, communication, and social change. Street-Level's programs build critical thinking skills for young people who have been historically neglected by public policy makers and mass media.
Youth Communication helps teenagers develop their reading and writing skills so they can acquire the information they need to make thoughtful choices about their lives.
Youth Radio's mission is to promote young people's intellectual, creative and professional growth through training and access to media and to produce the highest quality original media for local and national outlets.