WXXI Contact: Kristin Tutino, WXXI, (585) 258-0253


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Contact: Kristin Tutino, WXXI, 585.258.0253
                Julie Philipp, URMC, 585.275.1309

A Raising 100,000 Voices Project Presented by
WXXI and the University of Rochester Medical Center

Rochester, New York (May 8, 2014) – Bullying, drugs, growing up, and foster care are just a few topics young filmmakers from the Raising 100,000 Voices project tackle in their own video productions. Raising 100,000 Voices, a project that encourages young adults to express, through video, issues that concern them, presents a special premiere screening of their mini-documentaries on Saturday, May 17, 2014 from 3-5:30 p.m. at the Little Theatre, 240 East Avenue in downtown Rochester. Now in its 9th year, the project has hosted eight screenings of more than 200 videos. More than 15 videos from 50 filmmakers will be featured at the May 17th screening, which is free and open to the public.

The Raising 100,000 Voices project is a national outreach effort designed to help understand the needs of the community from the point of view of those emerging into adulthood. WXXI and the University of Rochester Medical Center initiated the model in Rochester in 2005 with a partnership of youth-serving agencies.

Filmmakers for this series of videos includes groups from Charles Settlement House, Teens Active in Civic Engagement (T.A.C.E.), Rochester City School District #52 School, Citizen U South, Citizen U North, Dazzle School of Visual & Performing Arts, Youth on the Move, Thomas P. Ryan Center, and Y.E.P.P. of Grace Community Village, Inc.

This event was made possible by a partnership with Roadwork for Success in Young Adulthood, WXXI Public Broadcasting, and the University of Rochester Medical Center's Department of Psychiatry.


WXXI is the essential, life-long educational media resource for the Greater Rochester area. WXXI puts the community first with programming that stimulates and expands thought, inspires the spirit, opens cultural horizons and promotes understanding of diverse community issues. The formal affiliation between WXXI and the Little Theatre, established in December 2011, enables the two organizations to work more efficiently by pooling resources and strengths in a number of areas including back-office operation and improved fundraising capabilities.  Log on to wxxi.org for more information about our services and programs.

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