Raising 100,000 Voices

About Raising 100,000 Voices

Raising 100,000 Voices works collaboratively with local and regional organizations to engage youth and young adults (12-24 years old) from traditionally disadvantaged segments of the population in a “video voice” community education program. This youth-led approach fosters the development of a shared community perspective on the realities of growing up in our local communities and results in communication across a “generation gap” between those running service systems and the consumers of these systems. Raising 100,000 Voices is a direct hands-on service to youth and young adults and provides the opportunity to learn about videography, filmmaking and to document their strengths and challenges they face transitioning into adulthood by producing 3 minute documentaries.

This project is co-led by Ann Marie White, Ed.D. at the University of Rochester Medical Center’s Department of Psychiatry, and Shelley Figueroa at WXXI Public Broadcasting. Past funders have included The Tauck Foundation, National Center for Outreach and Marie C. & Joseph C. Wilson Foundation.

Project History:

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 as equal partners 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 such as health, social services, courts, and education to initiate a community dialog about this age group and a community coalition called “The Roadwork for Success in Young Adulthood.”  The dialog 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 called Raising 100,000 Voices (representing the approximate 100,000 15-24 year olds in Monroe County who are emerging into adulthood). 

The project provides youth the opportunity to learn about videography and to document their strengths and challenges transitioning into adulthood. Student videos are now available on the web. View video

About Roadwork for Success In Young Adulthood

Roadwork for Success is a community-wide coalition to develop solutions for 15-24 year olds in western and central NY.  Key Steering Committee members are from Hillside Children's Center, Monroe County Family Court, University of Rochester Medical Center,  Rochester City School District, High Falls Film Festival, Grace United Methodist Church, Eastman Kodak Company, Saint Joseph's Villa and WXXI. 

Community Project Partners 2012-2013

The Center for Youth Services, Inc.
Charles Settlement House, Inc. Teens
Citizen U
Dazzle School of Visual and Performing Arts, Inc.
Frank Fowler Dow School #52 – Rochester City School District
Grace Community Village, Inc. Y.E.P.P.
Monroe County Youth on the Move
Teens Advocating Non Violence (TAN) of Parsells Avenue Community Church
School of Imaging and Information Technology at Edison, Rochester City School District
Project Partners List from Past Project Years