As media producers and as a result of our educational work, YMP staff and interns are asked to produce media stories for other non-profits and institutions of learning. As our work is rooted in storytelling, the New Mexico Community Foundation asked us to capture the essence of their story for their 30 year Gala Event in December 2013. This 10 minute video features 4 New Mexico programs that demonstrate the value and impact of non-profit service in our state. Take a watch and let us know if you may be interested in contracting with YMP to produce a multi-media presentation or to help you uncover the story you want to tell about your organization. This video was screened in front of 300 people with a live musician and storyteller at the New Mexico Community Foundation’s Gala Event.
Youth Media Project (YMP) wins National Endowment of the Arts (NEA) grant to create “New Media Arts Fellowship.” YMP is one of 85 arts education programs nationwide given an Art Works grant.
Reporter Christina Olds, from the publication New Mexico Kids!, interviewed Youth Media Project participants and staff to learn about our work and experience our spring YouthxYouthFest. Continue reading “YMP in NM Kids!”
YouthxYouthFest is a three-day festival displaying the talent and creativity of Santa Fe’s young artists. Featuring poetry, music, storytelling, art and design, YouthxYouthFest offers a rare opportunity for Santa Fe teens to share high quality work and inspiration with their peers and the City at large. All events are from 6-10 p.m.
On April 24, the festival opens with The Santa Fe Indian School’s Spoken Word Team presenting a show of their unique performance poetry, centered in indigenous philosophies and incorporating Native languages, songs, and dances.
Fashioned after Youth Media Project’s Audio Revolution! radio broadcast, area youth will bring their talents to the stage, offering an evening of storytelling, hip hop, monologues, radio dramas, and music performances on April 25. This showcase will feature students from multiple Youth Media Project (YMP) programs, for a holistic view into the breadth of YMP’s work with young people. YMP is also collaborating with EarthCare on a visual art display that correlates with the spoken word aspects of the show.
The festival closes with a BATTLE for Bands, Singer Songwriters, Hip Hop/Rap and DJ’s ages 13-20 organized by Boys and Girls Clubs of Santa Fe and Warehouse 21 on April 26. All events will take place at Warehouse 21 in the Railyard District, Santa Fe’s award-winning teen arts and culture center, which will also host D20 – An Art Show, with works by Noah Einar Wingren and friends. This exhibition will be featured nightly until May 4, 2013.
“YouthxYouthFest offers the community a way to support multiple organizations serving youth. This festival will give youth performers the chance to recognize one another’s talents and be recognized for their creative work over the year.” Gabriel Rima, Mentor and Outreach Coordinator, Youth Media Project
For more information, contact Tamara Bates at 505-819-1251 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
To download the Press Release for YouthxYouthFest 2013, click here.
From Wednesday, April 24, to Friday, April 26, the City of Santa Fe, the Boys and Girls Clubs of Santa Fe, Youth Media Project (a nonprofit youth digital storytelling organization) the Santa Fe Indian School and Warehouse 21 will host the first annual YouthxYouthFest at Warehouse 21,
1614 Paseo de Peralta.
During the span of three days, the festival will offer an array of events that celebrate everything from storytelling and poetry to creative writing and song to art and design. All festival events will last from 6 p.m. until 10 p.m.
The Santa Fe Indian School’s Spoken Word Team will kick off the fest Wednesday, April 24, with a showcase of poetry, informed by aspects of Native American culture, including song and
On Thursday, Youth Media Project will present a program based on its radio show, Audio Revolution! Local teens will deliver hip-hop monologues, musical performances, radio dramas and more.
“The whole event is centered around work we do at the Youth Media Project,” said 20-year-old Gabriel Rima, YMP project mentor and outreach coordinator. “It is an example to showcase not only what Youth Media Project is doing, but also the youth we are serving.”
YMP will join forces with other teen groups, like the Student Wellness Action Team (SWAT) and Earth Care, a non-profit that encourages young people to be leaders in the environmental movement.
“We’re here to provide an outlet for youth,” Rima continued. “We are also trying to get the community excited about the work we are doing.”
The festival will conclude Friday, April 26, with a Battle of the Bands sponsored by the Boys and
The battle will consist of four main performance categories: band, DJ, hip-hop/rap and solo singer/songwriter. The top four entries in each category will perform live at the battle, and a first
place winner in each category will receive a cash prize, $400 for band, $250 for solo performer,
$100 for DJ and $250 dollars for hip-hop/rap.
Contestants will also contend for the grand prize: the opportunity to perform during the opening of the 89th annual burning of Zozobra in September.
“An event like this is important to have because we have so much talent in our community,” said Roman Abeyta, the chief professional officer of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Santa Fe. “It gives the contestants exposure, and opportunities for people who may pursue a career in music, and they can use this experience in a portfolio.”
The battle will conclude with a concert from local band Thieves and Gypsys.
Abeyta mentioned that the battle is a good opportunity for up-and-coming artists to communicate with others in the music business.
Those interested in auditioning for a spot in the Battle of the Bands must contact Jonathan
Salazar at 470-0983. Then, musicians should submit a demo to the Boys and Girls Clubs, 730
Alto St., by 5 p.m. April 21. All Battle of the Bands contestants must be between the ages of 13 and 20. Attendance to the battle is free for children and teens.
All YouthXYouthFest events are free to those aged 19 and younger. Attendance to individual events is $8 per night for adults, or $15 for all three nights.
Austin Tyra is a junior at the Academy at Larragoitwe.
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This collaboration between Youth Media Project and students from the Academy of Technology and the Classics (ATC) Student Wellness Action Team (SWAT) examines addiction with stories that look at what it’s like to grow up with addiction prevalent in the home. Students produced creative pieces like narrative poems and raps to address self harm, addictive behavior patterns, alcohol and drug addiction, and where to get help when you need it. Students speak to a specialist looking at tobacco issues and smoke-free housing in Santa Fe and also look at unexplored habits like media addiction. The ATC SWAT team has produced a show that includes a variety of stories of addiction, many of which were difficult for students to share. This Audio Revolution broadcast will bring these tough stories about coping with addiction to our audiences.
As a result of Gabriel Martinez’ “Dear Father” story airing on PRX’s 24-hour stream, YMP received a 2 page, hand-written letter from an inmate at the Massachusetts Correction Facility…
LIsten to Judy and Gabe talk about YMP’s history, mission, impact, and current endeavors on KSFR’s Radio Cafe.