August Heat. Media Power!


Power through a Network of Peers

August Heat. Media Power!

This month the Youth Development Peer Network is heating up!  We are excited about all the possibilities the new school year holds.  From our co-sponsored Incorporating Youth Media into Your Program to a early winter convening on workforce development for youth workers to more days of rejuvenation and self-care, the YDPN is your network to for high-quality, engaging, and youth development-focused events.   

 

This YDPN Power! is all about Media Power!  We are kick-starting the Fall on 8/31 with our co-sponsored event Incorporating Youth Media into Your Program (see our Events for more information).  BAYCAT, CHALK, The San Francisco Art Institute’s City Studio, and World Savvy (formerly Project Spera) are fantastic co-sponsors dedicated to making this a tremendously fabulous event.  (Please see our Organization Links for more information about these excellent organizations.)  Participants will meet other youth workers, learn about the process used to create youth-produced media, and hear how individuals gained their skills in media production.  Please visit our webpage at http://ydpn.bay.area.googlepages.com for registration information.  SPACE IS LIMITED!

 

Additionally, we are happy to introduce you to Perry Jones from The Beat Within in our Youth Worker Spotlight.  Perry will be a panelist at Incorporating Youth Media into Your Program.  We are also proud to highlight BAYCAT, our event host in our Organization Highlight. 

 

Lastly, we want to draw your attention to two incredible resources where you can build your skills, learn new information, and educate yourself on important policy developments.  The first is Media Alliance.  Their website is www.media-alliance.org.  They are doing important and incredible work “promoting media excellence, ethics, diversity, and accountability in the interests of peace, justice, and social responsibility”.  And second is Tech Soup.  Their website is http://techsoup.org.  They are a great site to buy software, sign-up for classes, and learn more about technology that can help your program succeed. 

 

The information contained within YDPN Power! is as powerful as our Network because we believe there is Power through a Network of Peers.  Therefore, we rely on YOU to bring your knowledge, events, and opportunities to us for inclusion in YDPN Power!  So please send your comments, ideas, resources, opportunities, etc. to Jason Wyman at ydpn.bay.area@gmail.com.

 

Youth Worker Spotlight – Perry Jones

 

This quarter, we have the pleasure of introducing you to Perry Jones, Mentor for The Beat Within.  You can meet Perry and hear more about his experience working in a youth media organization at Incorporating Youth Media into Your Program on Thursday, August 31st from 9:30am to 2:00pm.

 

1.         How long have you been a youth worker?

I was working with youth ever since I was released from C.Y.A in August12th. 2005. I first started working with youth through Atlanta, Ga. Red Cross where I counseled teens that experience the Katrina crisis.  I volunteer my time there up until October. Since than I been leading by example and advocating for all sorts of bay area youth thanks to local non-profit groups such as the beat within, the omega boys& girls club and many other organization based around the best interest of at risk and transitioning Youth. Currently I’m a youth coordinator and Editor for The Beat Within/ Pacific News Service.  I also facilitate a creative writing program once a week at Y.G.C and Marin County Juvenile Hall through The Beat Within. Besides working with The Beat I also devote my time working closely with my own mentor Jack Jacqua who’s the co-founder of the Omega’s Boy Girls club.  Thanks to Jack I’ve been able share my life experience and success with detained youth as well as students in need of motivation from a positive role model who they can relate to and learn from.  In addition to all of the above, I am also a chair man on the Mayor’s Youth Task Force committee, as well as a youth adviser for the National Center for Children in poverty regarding a case study on “Unclaimed Children Revisited”      

 

2.         Why and how did you become a youth worker?

I guess you can say I just happened to become a youth worker by actually being a troubled youth working on myself seeking solutions to problems that disturb me as well as answers to questions that went unanswered leaving me confused and frustrated.  Throughout my time in C.Y.A I devote my time learning from my situation and sharing the lessons learned with my fellows peer’s who would usually come to me for counsel and guidance.  Due to the connections and bonds I made with my peers I accepted the work that I do as a purpose worth living for.   

 

3.         What is your passion for continuing the work?  

I’m very passionate about continuing to live for the youth because I know how much of a difference can be made in a child’s life when there’s a dedicated person who will be there through thick and thin as a positive outlet no matter what.  My passion comes from the love, hope encouragement and faith that I was blessed to receive from a long list of what I call “Personals Angels” who devoted there hearts and minds to going the distance to deliver the truth & love to me when everyone else turned there backs on me during a time when I needed positive reinforcement and support the most.  I’m content with the work that I live for because I know that I’m making a difference by setting an example by using my own life experience as evidence proving that “What doesn’t kill us will only make us stronger after all.”              

 

4.         What other passions and interests do you have outside of your                   job?

Outside of work I enjoy spending quality time with my family and friends enjoying priceless joys of life like going to the beach at least once a week to find a peace of mind.  Personal development through Healthy living plays a big part in my life, so I like to stay active by maintaining a work out routine in order to remain physically fit. I like to refer to myself as a student of life, so reading, thinking, and studying Sociology takes up a lot of my time.     

 

5.         What do you want other youth workers to know about you?

I would like for other youth worker to know that their time put into youth is not time wasted considering it takes time to heal wounds.

           

6.         Why have you gotten involved with the YDPN or how has the YDPN supported you as a youth worker?

Because I believe that youth should have a voice and way to share their perspective on how the think and feel thing should be handled in the future; “Their Future".

 

The YDPN thanks Perry for his contribution to YDPN Power!, and for sharing his expertise at Incorporating Youth Media into Your Program.  If you would like to learn more about The Beat Within, you can visit them at http://www.pacificnewsservice.org.  To get in touch with Perry, email him at perrydreamline@yahoo.com   

 

Organization Highlight –                               Bayview/Hunter’s Point Center for Art and Technology

This month, we are highlighting the Bayview/Hunter’s Point Center for Arts and Technology our Host for Incorporating Youth Media into Your Program. 

 

1.         What is the mission of your organization? 

BAYCAT’s mission is to inspire and educate underserved youth and adults to become more productive citizens and to improve the quality of life for themselves and their communities by providing education in arts, culture, and enterprise in an inspirational learning environment.
 

2.         How long has your organization been in existence? 

BAYCAT piloted its first program in 2001 under the direction of CEO Villy Wang.
 

3.         What services and programs do you provide to youth? 

BAYCAT’s arts and technology classes educate underserved youth and young adults in the Bayview Hunters Point neighborhood of San Francisco. BAYCAT’s enterprise arm, Studio BAYCAT, employs our graduates to produce high-quality promotional materials for local organizations. The unique two-pronged model empowers individuals and transforms communities.

Our free digital media arts classes teach TV & Video Production, Digital Filmmaking, Motion Graphics, Animation, and Advanced Video Production & Editing, as well as necessary life skills such as collaboration, civic leadership and critical thinking.

Teams of high school students and young adults produce meaningful work under real deadlines. This summer, students are working on the television documentary series “Zoom In”, which airs on cable channel 29, two Public Service Announcements for Bay Area youth service organizations, a music video for local artist Lindsay Garfield, and identity development (signage & design) for an independent grocery store on 3rd Street.

BAYCAT seeks to be the community media producer of San Francisco. Our enterprise arm, Studio BAYCAT, hires our graduates to develop marketing materials such as branded logos, promotional videos, and web sites for local organizations. The projects provide real-life work experience for our interns and much-needed marketing capacity for local businesses and nonprofits. Some Studio BAYCAT projects expose interns to much bigger clients--this summer, BAYCAT hired two interns (Tyerra, 15, and Jason, 17) to work on a project for Yahoo!. Tyerra and Jason created videos for Yahoo!’s teacher conference and conducted interviews with the CEO and founder of Yahoo!.

 

4.         How do you support your youth workers? 

The BAYCAT program team meets weekly to discuss challenges and successes and offer group support. Class planning and evaluation is done as a team. CEO Villy Wang, a certified teacher, provides teacher training and assistance for instructors.  BAYCAT’s Program Manager handles questions and concerns from the instructors and advocates for the team’s needs.

  

5.         Why is your organization involved with the Youth Development                   Peer Network? 

BAYCAT is currently working with YDPN to plan and host the upcoming event, Incorporating Youth Media into Your Program. The BAYCAT staff is involved with YDPN for the opportunities it provides to share resources, learn from others in the field, and network!

 

    6.         Is there anything else you would like to share about your organization with the YDPN? 

BAYCAT brings programs, such as its “Go! Music Video Workshop” to schools, after-school programs, and community centers, complete with lights, cameras, sound recording equipment, and laptop, so that technical education can come to sites with no technical resources. We also invite groups to come to BAYCAT and use our state-of-the art facility for field trips, workshops, and conferences. Studio BAYCAT can be a resource for youth workers and youth service organizations that need marketing materials such as websites, promotional videos, and logos. Furthermore, BAYCAT offers free training & educational programs to low-income adults. Youth workers have the opportunity to gain technical & design skills for free through BAYCAT’s classes!

 

Events

o       YDPN-sponsored: Incorporating Youth Media into Your Program Thursday, August 31st, 2006 from 9:30am to 2:00pm at BAYCAT.  Cost: $10 (Lunch included).  Spaces are limited. RSVP NOW! Go to http://ydpn.bay.area.googlepages.com for registration information and the flyer.  This event is hosted by BAYCAT and co-sponsored by CHALK, World Savvy, and the San Francisco Art Institute’s City Studio. 

 

If you would like your event listed here, please send an email titled: YDPN Power! Event Announcement to Jason Wyman at isa_afterschool@yahoo.com. Please include in your email an external link to your event along with a two sentence description. 

 

Funding for Youth

Youth Funding Youth Ideas – 2006 Request for Proposals for Youth Led Projects

    Deadline:  September 1, 2006, 8:00 pm

YFYI is a youth-led program that seeks to foster young San Franciscans with the opportunities to expand on their leadership goals by funding their project ideas. We bring the tools and support, you bring the ideas. Information: CHALK 415 977-6949 or www.chalk.org/yfyi. 

 

 

If you would like your funding opportunity for youth listed here, please send an email titled: YDPN Power! Funding for Youth to Jason Wyman at isa_afterschool@yahoo.com.  Please include in your email an external link to your funding opportunity for youth along with a two sentence description. 

 

Organization Links

This quarter, we are proud to highlight our co-sponsors for Incorporating Youth Media into Your Program on Thursday, August 31st. 

  

Bayview/Hunter's Point Center for Arts and Technology

www.baycat.org 

BAYCAT’s mission is to inspire and educate underserved youth and adults to become more productive citizens and to improve the quality of life for themselves and their communities by providing education in arts, culture, and enterprise in an inspirational learning environment. BAYCAT’s arts and technology classes educate underserved youth and young adults in the Bayview Hunters Point neighborhood of San Francisco. BAYCAT’s enterprise arm, Studio BAYCAT, employs our graduates to produce high-quality promotional materials for local organizations. The unique two-pronged model empowers individuals and transforms communities.

 

Communities in Harmony Advocating for Learning and Kids     (CHALK)

www.chalk.org,www.youthline.org

Communities in Harmony Advocating for Learning and Kids (CHALK) focuses on employing high risk youth as front line service providers and supplying the youth with the tools to give back to the drug infested and actively violent communities of which they originate. We hire youth who are on probation, gang involved, at risk of academic failure and teen parents. CHALK produces amazing results in serving this population. Our success is due largely to our active use of the following five key elements that live at the heart of CHALK’s youth development practices: legal income, leadership opportunities, job training, active use of technology, and positive youth and adult relationships.

 

San Francisco Art Institute – City Studio

www.sfai.edu

At its core, City Studio is committed to facilitating intergenerational

studio praxis about the contributions of art, artists, and researchers

to the urban domain.  In the fall of 2005, the San Francisco Art Institute in partnership with a network of local youth organizations from Oakland, Richmond and San Francisco launched a two-year year-round arts education programmatic component of City Studio for high school age students.

 

"This program is fundamentally about the creative potential of young people, their power to represent their lives and the world in new and important ways," explains SFAI President Chris Bratton. "It's also about the creative power of communities, and how we can support and link these communities in new ways."

 

World Savvy

www.worldsavvy.org

World Savvy’s mission is to inform, empower and engage young people to become active and responsible lifelong participants in a global community. Project Spera aims to educate youth about international affairs and build their skills for "global citizenship" so that they become well-informed and responsible citizens.

 

If you would like your organization listed here, please send an email titled YDPN Power! Organization Link to Jason Wyman at isa_afterschool@yahoo.com.  Please include in your email an external link to your organization along with two sentences about your organization. 

 

Job Opportunities

Currently, we are developing this side of our communications.  If you know of an employment opportunity you would like listed here, please send an email titled YDPN Power! Job Opportunity to Jason Wyman at isa_afterschool@yahoo.com.  Please include in your email an external link to the job opportunity along with a two sentence description.

 

Closing

Thank you for taking the time to read YDPN Power!  We hope that this was, is, and will be a useful tool for you as a youth worker in the Bay Area.  If you have any comments, ideas, suggestions, opportunities, etc., please share them with Jason Wyman at isa_afterschool@yahoo.com.  For ease of use, please include YDPN Power! in the subject of all communications. 

 

Once again, thanks for reading.  And remember...There is Power through a Network of Peers.

 

 

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