An online gallery of case studies featuring exemplary media projects made by youth along with first account stories of how they came about.
Coming Out... is a short youth-produced mockumentary about the difficulties faced by one teenage girl who must come out as a straight person in a queer world. The video became the subject of a youth-led distribution and outreach campaign resulting in the creation of an accompanying discussion guide, local mediated peer-led discussions about homophobia and heterosexism, and free national distribution of the video and guide. more
Together with Gamelab, an independent game development company, Global Kids developed an innovative curriculum for engaging youth at South Shore High School in the design, development and dissemination of high quality games that have the potential to educate their peers around the world. Global Kids Youth Leaders gained leadership, research, and game design skills while producing a socially conscious online game, Ayiti: The Cost of Life (CostofLife.org). The youth chose to design a game that focuses on the issue of poverty as an obstacle to education and uses the country of Haiti as a case study. Rock and roll! Woo! more
The Echoes Institute brought an intentionally diverse group of young people together over an intensive period of nine months to research, study, and interpret the state of educational opportunity fifty years after the landmark Supreme Court ruling, Brown vs. the Board of Education.
Represent Magazine's look back at crack, 20 years later (March/April 2004 issue of Represent), helped debunk the myth that children born to crack-addicted parents are destined to fail. The first person stories published by youth in foster care prompted the media to revisit the issue. National Public Radio's All Things Considered ran a 20-minute story featuring interviews with two of our writers.
iBookFires in the Bathroom: Advice for Teachers from High School Students is a remarkable best-selling book featuring the voices of high-school students saying what they want and need from teachers. The captivating and bluntly honest insights of youth are documented, organized and disseminated through an intentional set of practices based on mutual inquiry, public purpose and deep listening by What Kids Can Do (WKCD), a nonprofit organization supporting youth voices and work worldwide. more
Ima Gangsta is a short personal documentary that was produced by Ruben Palomares when he was 16 years old. This shockingly intimate and true-to-life story centers on Ruben's own quest to understand why so many of his friends and extended family members are involved in gang life. It has since become a model for facilitating peer-to-peer support groups in gang prevention and is broadly used in the Bay Area to educate juvenile probation advocates in techniques of dialogue and problem-solving.
There are many parts of the country where illegal immigration is not a pressing issue: places far from any U.S. border; places where the economy isn't strong enough to attract workers. But some Americans in these places see a direct link between their experiences and the experiences of the millions of immigrants who cross the border illegally for economic reasons.
A personal video documenting the lives of mothers addicted to meth and its relationship to gender roles in white middle class suburbia. This remarkable video was made by the step-daughter of a meth-addicted woman and is one of the few videos made by teenagers to be officially included in the Sundance Film Festival.
Reflections on Return highlights young soldiers' first person narratives of injury and homecoming, their responses to the prison abuse scandal at Abu Ghraib, and their reflections on the ongoing politics and conflict on the ground in Iraq. more
Slip of the Tongue is adapted from a spoken word poem by Adriel Luis and looks at perceptions of beauty, ethnicity, and body image. Using the slam poetry as a soundtrack, a strong visual style with quick and unpredictable editing, the film deconstructs the protagonist's attempted pickup line, "What's your ethnic makeup?" to a girl at the bus stop. As an artful celebration of a young woman's self-awareness, critical consciousness, and personal voice, Slip of the Tongue exemplifies the power of youth produced media in both its content and quality.
Still We Stand For is the culminating result of Street-Level Youth
Media's capstone summer intensive workshop, the Summer Arts
Apprenticeship Program or SAAP. In 2006, teaching-artist Diana Nucera
designed and implemented the SAAP curriculum, providing advanced media
arts training in video, graphic design, sound design and multimedia
installation to fifteen low-income youth of color (ages 15-20).