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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 7th at the Memorial Art Gallery

(Rochester, New York) April 29, 2009 – In 2005 WXXI, the University of Rochester Medical Center's Department of Psychiatry, 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 fourth public screening of a whole new crop of Raising 100,000 Voices mini-documentaries on Thursday, May 7, 2009 at 6 p.m. at the Memorial Art Gallery, 500 University Avenue. The event is free and open to the public, but seating is limited. To make a reservation, call (585) 258-0278.

More than 100 films have been produced and screened since the initiative launched. This year, a new group of teens were invited by twelve participating organizations to join some returning filmmakers and produce their own video projects. There are over 30 videos that will be screened at the May 7th premiere. Many of this year’s videos are focused on health and fitness issues, and will be available for viewing after the May 7th screening at <http://www.wxxi.org/education/raising100kvoices/>. This Web address currently houses past videos submitted by students.

Participating organizations include: Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired-Goodwill, Center for Youth Services, Charles Settlement House, Inc., Community Place of Greater Rochester Sector 8 Youth/Adult Partnership, Dazzle School of Visual and Performing Arts, Inc., General Elwell S. Otis School # 30 of the Rochester City School District, Grace Community Village, Inc., Operation Higher Learning, Inc. and the Freedom School, School of Imaging and Information Technology at Edison, Teens Advocating Nonviolence (TAN) of Parsells Avenue Community Church, YOU and the University of Rochester’s Department of Psychiatry, and the Youth and Justice Program at the Water Tower Academy.

Funding for this project is provided in part by the Tauck Foundation. The event is sponsored by WXXI, Office of Mental Health Promotion of the University of Rochester Medical Center’s Department of Psychiatry, Roadwork for Success in Young Adulthood, and the Memorial Art Gallery.

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