Raising 100,000 Voices

Raising 100,000 Voices Events - Next Steps

The 2009/2010 project year is funded in part by Tauck Foundation. http://www.tauckfoundation.org/ Working with community agencies the project will provide media arts training for youth and young adults providing the opportunity to produce 3 minute documentaries that address health.  The project will also provide public recognition and acknowledgement of the young filmmaker’s positive community impact and continued opportunities to present the 3 minute documentaries to the community.

The 2008/2009 project year is funded in part by Tauck Foundation. http://www.tauckfoundation.org/ Working with community agencies the project will provide media arts training for youth and young adults providing the opportunity to produce 3 minute documentaries that address health.  The project will also provide public recognition and acknowledgement of the young filmmaker’s positive community impact and continued opportunities to present the 3 minute documentaries to the community.

The 2007/2008 project year is funded in part by the Marie C. and Joseph C. Wilson Foundation Working with community agencies the project will provide media arts training empowering emerging adults the opportunity to individually produce 3 minute documentaries that convey messages relevant to them about growing up in their community.  The project will also provide public recognition and acknowledgement of the young filmmaker’s positive community impact and continued opportunities to present the 3 minute documentaries to the community.

COMMUNITY COMMITMENT GRANT (2006/2007) - funded in part by the National Center for Outreach
Phase Two: Community Commitment Grant WXXI, in conjunction with its community partners, is committed to continuing the engagement of this first wave of teens and young adults in their transformation into community change agents.  “Phase Two” efforts will be concentrated on supporting and increasing the impact of the “voice” they discovered by helping their work reach wider stages.

Through web site design classes, up to 20 participants will advance by learning to apply tools for identifying and presenting community
resources that currently support the issue areas they defined in their videos.
These individuals will also participate in intensive media arts production workshops – specifically animation and master filmmaker
classes – to produce an animated short(s) that will be presented at the international High Falls Film Festival.
Participating partner organizations will commit to showcasing the videos, animation shorts, and the web resources by exhibiting this
work at their sites and venues (e.g. conferences they are hosting in 2006-07).
This project will incorporate youth perspectives into efforts to raise awareness about emerging adults and to develop a plan for a
comprehensive community response to the urgent needs of 15-24 year olds.

By preparing a film short(s) for viewing at these wider showcases, participants will be moving forward in their role as “social entrepreneurial filmmaker” using their own video clips, film shorts, and web sites to generate awareness and dialogue about action needed around issues of concern to them in their home and community. Participating organizations will benefit from the developing leadership of these participating youth.  WXXI will benefit by taking an important incremental step in furthering a model approach for PBS stations.  We will have developed an approach to engage community organizations, from many sectors, as partners in introductory media production training that “builds on the broadcast” by strengthening the development of disadvantaged youth into leaders who effectively deliver important messages to wide segments of their communities.

CONNECTOR GRANT (2006-2007) - Funded in part, by the National Center for Outreach
WXXI and partnering organizations will equip youth with GPS tracking, video and internet skills for locating and mapping existing community resources that address pressing local public health concerns.

Participating youth will learn to produce geo-linked video shorts and web-based resource guide maps for viewing and sharing with the broader community. These youth will be developing the "social entrepreneur" skill sets and tools to becoming public health action leaders for Monroe County. The presentation of this information will help to identify gaps in unaddressed community needs and fragmented community responses to these issues.