[Imc-chicago] CTVN Winter News
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CTVN News Winter 2009
Empowering Youth Through Digital Media Education
This winter we have been busy bringing digital media arts education to
15 sites across Chicago, setting up our new email account
(info at ctvnetwork.org [mailto:info at ctvnetwork.org] ), and managing a
flood of new volunteers who are anxious to work with youth or share
their professional services in the office. In this issue you'll view
one of our new youth-produced videos and catch the latest updates for
Community TV Network
Featured Video: "How to Change the World"
In this newsletter's featured video, "How to Change the World,"
inspired youth ages 9-14 articulate their good wishes and suggestions
for the new President while video, still images, and colored drawings
illustrate their points. These students participate in the Chicago
Department of Family Services' PROJECT SOAR, a program of creative
after-school classes for children in foster care.
Jen Smith, a CTVN instructor for PROJECT SOAR, states, "Their
straightforward messages to our new leader reflect the harsh realities
youth witness today, yet a hopeful, youthful innocence shines
throughout the video."
She adds, "In addition to making for a touching message, 'How to
Change the World' reveals the far-reaching influence of the media into
the lives of people of all ages."
Watch the video on Youtube
CTVN Video on the Masculinity Project Website
You may have already heard from us about how a video produced,
directed, and written by CTVN youth was accepted out of 300
submissions for the Masculinity Project
. This online forum for exploring the concept of masculinity within
the African American community has been officially launched!
On the site, you can now view "Manhood."
This short narrative about the seemingly dismal life of a black teen
is juxtaposed with real interviews of young men who detail their
personal definitions of masculinity. The Masculinity Project, which
was created by the National Black Programming Consortium and the
Independent Television Service, carefully selected documentary and
narrative shorts created by both youth and adults for the video
portion of the website.
Watch the video on the Masculinity Project
Intern Breanna Rodriguez, now in her second year with CTVN, is
currently in the preproduction stage of a documentary that addresses
the topic of gun violence in Chicago. Rodriguez, a sophomore at Noble
Street Charter School, shares with us, "CTVN has given me my first
look into a professional work environment and prepared me for a future
career. When I go to college, I plan to major in pre-medicine and
minor in art."
Save the Date!
We are teaming up with Alternative Schools Network to host the 2nd
Annual Chicago Youth Community Film
Festival on May 14, 2009 at the Chicago Cultural Center. You'll watch
informative, and thought-provoking videos produced by youth in this
fancy downtown landmark! More details coming in the Spring newsletter.
Hope for Unemployed Teens
The rising unemployment rate continues to saturate the news, and an
article in the "The Residents' Journal"
recently brought to light an overlooked population in the discussion:
teens. Joblessness and its connections with teen crime and dropping
of school were highlighted at a recent meeting organized by Chicago
Urban League, the Illinois State Council, and Alternative Schools
Network. At this meeting, community leaders and teens confronted the
major obstacles facing youth on a national level, and proposed
solutions such as the creation of summer jobs for low-income kids.
A few facts:
Approximately 41% of the 1.7 million jobs lost in the past year were
for working teens.
Teen unemployment has been linked with involvement in gangs, drugs,
stimulus package includes $1.2 billion for youth activities, including
the generation of one million summer jobs for young people.
puts youth to work as apprentices and interns while offering dynamic
on-the-job training through our video services division. Our programs
help youth boost their job skills, connect them with their
communities, and give them the opportunity to get paid.
The communication skills, teamwork, and sense of responsibility that
our youth develop will give them an edge in the ever more competitive
Thanks so much for keeping up with CTVN's many efforts. More news
coming soon, and by the way, please help us invest in Chicago's youth!
Make an online donation
The CTVN staff
We proudly thank our funders!
Albert Pick, Jr. Fund - Chicago Community Trust - City Arts/Chicago
Cultural Affairs - City of Chicago Dept. of Children and Youth
- State of Illinois Dept. of Commerce and Economic Opportunity -
Illinois Arts Council - Illinois Arts Council, Youth Employment - Hot
Topic Foundation - Northern Trust Charitable Trust - McCormick
Foundation - Woods Fund of Chicago - Chicago Cultural Center - Danny's
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