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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 9th at Wilson Foundation Academy

Rochester, New York (April 11, 2008) – 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, community issues they face as emerging adults. The outreach effort was such a success that funding continued, and the project partners are pleased to host the third public screening of a whole new crop of Raising 100,000 Voices mini-documentaries on Friday, May 9, 2008 at 6 p.m. at the Rochester City School District – Wilson Foundation Academy (formerly Madison High School) at 200 Genesee Street. 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 and again in 2006,15-24 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 matter to them. Over 70 films were produced and screened in June 2006 and April 2007 at the School of the Arts. This year a new group of teens were invited by twelve participating organizations to produce a video project and join some returning filmmakers. There are over 30 videos that will be screened at the May 9th premiere.  To view prior years’ 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 9th premiere.

Participating organizations include: ArtPeace, Inc., Charles Settlement House, Inc., The Community Place of Greater Rochester, Dazzle School of Visual and Performing Arts, Inc., Grace Community Village, Inc., Teens Advocating Nonviolence of Parsells Avenue Community Church, Youth Voice One Vision, RCTV-15, Baden Street Settlement House, Mt. Hope Family Center, Writers & Books, and the Youth and Justice Program at the Water Tower Academy.

This project is funded, in part, by the Marie C. and Joseph C. Wilson Foundation, and sponsored by WXXI, University of Rochester Medical Center’s Department of Psychiatry, Roadwork for Success in Young Adulthood and Rochester City School District.

 

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