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Contact: Kristin Tutino, WXXI, (585) 258-0253
                Serin Kim Hong, Eastman School of Music, (585) 274-1110

AREA TEENS PRODUCE MINI-DOCUMENTARIES ON ISSUES THEY FACE AS EMERGING ADULTS IN A NATIONAL OUTREACH PROJECT
Free Public Screening of Their Films May 10 at Hatch Recital Hall

Rochester, New York (April 25, 2011) –  In 2005 WXXI, the University of Rochester Medical Center’s (URMC) Department of Psychiatry, and The Roadwork For Success In Young Adulthood launched a national outreach initiative designed to encourage young adults to share, through video, community issues and hopes 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 sixth public screening of new mini-documentaries on Tuesday, May 10, 2011 at 6 p.m. at Hatch Recital Hall, Eastman East Wing, 433 East Main Street, Rochester, NY 14604. The event is free and open to the public, but reservations are required by calling (585) 258-0278. The screening is sponsored by WXXI, URMC, The Roadwork For Success In Young Adulthood, and the Eastman School of Music.

More than 160 films have been produced and screened since the initiative launched. This year, a new group of teens were invited by participating organizations to join some returning filmmakers and produce their own video projects. Approximately 30 videos will be screened at the May 10th premiere. Many of this year’s videos are focused on health issues, and will be available for viewing after the May 10th screening at wxxi.org/education/raising100kvoices/.   

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’s Office of Mental Health Promotion (OMHP) in collaborating 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. 

Participating organizations of 2011 include: Charles Settlement House, Inc., Community Place of Greater Rochester, Inc.’s Youth-Adult Partnership/Sankofa Leadership Academy, Dazzle School of Visual and Performing Arts, Inc., General Elwell S. Otis School # 30 of the Rochester City School District (RCSD), Grace Community Village, Inc.'s Y.E.P.P., Operation Higher Learning, Inc. (OHL) with the Thomas P. Ryan Community Center, Teens Advocating Nonviolence (TAN) of Parsells Avenue Community Church, Rochester STEM High School of RCSD, School of Imaging and Information Technology at Edison of RCSD, and Youth in Progress.

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

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