For Immediate Release
Contact: Kristin Tutino, (585) 258-0253

AREA TEENS PRODUCE MINI-DOCUMENTARIES ON ISSUES THEY FACE AS EMERGING ADULTS IN A NATIONAL OUTREACH PROJECT

Free Public Screening of Their Films on May 4th at Wilson Foundation Academy

Rochester, New York (April 26, 2007) – In 2005 WXXI, the University of Rochester Medical Center and The Roadwork For Success In Young Adulthood launched Raising 100,000 Voices, a national outreach initiative designed to encourage young adults to share, through video, the issues they face as emerging adults. The outreach effort was such a success that funding continued this year, and the project partners are pleased to host the second public screening of a whole new crop of Raising 100,000 Voices mini-documentaries on Friday, May 4, 2007 at 6 p.m. at the Rochester City School District – Wilson Foundation Academy (formerly Madison High School) at 200 Genesee Street. Victor Sauders, of Pathways to Peace, will represent the City of Rochester in awarding certificates of participation to the filmmakers.  The event is free and open to the public, but seating is limited. Reservations can be made by calling (585) 258-0278.

In November 2005,15-24 year olds were invited to participate in a film project designed to help in understanding and communicating the needs and assets of the community from the point of view of those emerging into adulthood. They were given digital video cameras and asked to produce 3-minute documentaries on topics that concerned them. Thirty-six films were produced and screened in June 2006 at the School of the Arts. This year a new group of teens were invited by over fourteen participating organizations to produce a video project and join some returning filmmakers. There are over 30 videos that will be screened at the May 4th premiere and topics include: a compelling piece on racial stereotypes in old and current Hollywood; a teen mom who shares what it’s like to be a young parent; and a group of teens with disabilities who interview the head of the Rochester Transit System about handicap accessibility.  To view last year’s videos visit http://www.wxxi.org/education/raising100kvoices/. This year’s videos will be available for viewing at the same Web address after the May 4th premiere.

Participating organizations include: ArtPeace, Inc. with Compeer Rochester, Inc., Charles Settlement House, Inc., The Community Place of Greater Rochester Sector 8 Youth/Adult Partnership, Dazzle School of Visual and Performing Arts, Inc., Global Media Arts High School at Franklin, Grace Community Village, Inc., Hillside Children’s Center, Migrant Education Outreach Program, Monroe County DHS YOU Team, Southwest Area Neighborhood Association (SWAN), Teens Advocating Nonviolence of Parsells Avenue Community Church, Youth Voice One Vision and RCTV.

This project is funded, in part, by the National Center for Outreach, and sponsored by WXXI, University of Rochester Medical Center, Roadwork for Success in Young Adulthood and Rochester City School District.

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