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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 May 2 at Dryden Theatre

Rochester, New York (April 19, 2010) –  In 2005 WXXI, the University of Rochester Medical Center and The Roadwork For Success In Young Adulthood launched a national outreach initiative designed to encourage young adults to share, through video, community issues they face as emerging adults. The project, Raising 100,000 Voices, was such a success that funding continued, and the project partners are pleased to host their fifth public screening of a whole new crop of mini-documentaries on Sunday, May 2, 2010 at 2 p.m. at the Dryden Theatre, 900 East Avenue, Rochester. The event is free and open to the public. Reservations are not required.

More than 130 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 more than 30 videos that will be screened at the May 2nd premiere. Many of this year’s videos are focused on health issues, and will be available for viewing after the May 2nd screening at <http://www.wxxi.org/education/raising100kvoices/>. This Web address currently houses past videos submitted by students.

Over 100,000 15-24 year olds live in Monroe County and currently face the transition of leaving their childhood homes and schools to become successful and independent adults. Starting in early 2005, WXXI teamed up with The University of Rochester Medical Center Department of Psychiatry Office of Mental Health Promotion (OMHP), and began working with area organizations sensitive to the gaps in services when youth they serve “age out” of the systems designed to help children.  WXXI and OMHP partnered with organizations from several community sectors including health, social services, courts, and education to initiate a community dialogue about this age group and a community coalition known as The Roadwork for Success in Young Adulthood. The dialogue underscored a need: to engage older teens and young adults in defining the community need and response. As a result, WXXI and OMHP worked collaboratively with local and regional organizations to engage older teens and young adults from traditionally disadvantaged segments of the population in a “video voice” community education program.

Raising 100,000 Voices is funded in part by Tauck Foundation. To learn more about this project, visit: wxxi.org/education/raising100kvoices

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