In the first installment of our special Facing Poverty Series, Youth Media Project focused on the expectations and stereotypes society, our families, our teachers and other institutions place on youth who have dropped out of school or been incarcerated. Working exclusively with a local non-profit, YouthWorks!, YMP created this heartfelt and intense show that details the lives of many students now on the path towards gaining their GEDs after overcoming many many hardships. Please lend your ears to these often overlooked and unheard stories.
You’ll hear the creative and inspiring voices of young thinkers and writers. This show features the collaborative work of Youth Media Project within northern New Mexico schools and colleges, where we teach the craft of digital storytelling and the art of listening for a socially responsible world. Students tackle the complex question, “What is American?” through audio cascades, commentaries, a fable, and a spoken word performance.
Global Leadership Forum brought together 30 youth leaders from 15 countries “to make education a force to unite people, nations and cultures for peace and a sustainable future.” Part of the GLF training www.uwc-usa.org/glf involved 6 international teams learning how to create broadcast-quality digital media. Here is the work of one team from Argentina, Brazil, China, Hong Kong, and New Zealand. The piece is entitled Head, Hands, and Heart.
Click here to view the audio slideshow for “Head, Hands, and Heart”.
In this edition of Audio Revolution! hosts Gabriel Rima and Savannah Chapman-Martinez take you into the depths of identity: What does it mean to be American? Who gets to be American and who doesn’t? What are the freedoms and privileges American’s have? And, do all American’s have those freedoms? And what does it mean to be both American and another ethnicity and/or culture?
In this piece, Ellie Evans, a student from the New Mexico School For The Arts, asks the question: What if? What if the world were different? This imaginative and poetic piece challenges our current understanding of the world around us. Her simple yet beautiful questions pull the rug out from underneath listeners- what if old is young… or what if we all understood basic human rights?
Lexy McAvinchey, a Santa Fe student transferring from Monte del Sol Charter School to the New Mexico School for the Arts shares her opinions on what’s right and what’s wrong with the education system. Lexy claims that the way kids are currently schooled is a throwback to an earlier time, and that many of the expectations for young people are founded on myths.