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“Save My School”, A short film by Wide Angle Youth Apprentices

Youth-Led Rally Held to Prevent Budget Cuts
Baltimore, Maryland

On Thursday March 2, students, teachers, and government employees gathered at War Memorial Plaza to protest the impending $130-million-dollar budget cut that Baltimore City Public Schools are facing. The rally was led by highschool students, in coordination with the Baltimore Algebra Project. Youth leaders led chants, recited original poetry, and told personal stories about the importance of education.

The rally created an opportunity for unity across generations, and Wide Angle Youth Producers Destiny Brown and Tahir Juba worked with Production Director David Sloan to document this solidarity. The end product is a video composed of candid footage from the rally and video portraits of protesters. The footage is accompanied by an original poem about the importance of education and having one’s voice heard, written by Baltimore City high school student Imani Turner.

This video was created by Wide Angle Youth Producers to send a powerful message to all who watch: that the citizens of Baltimore will not go down without a fight. There has still not been any news of a definitive solution to stop the budget cuts, and it is now the job of every single person in Baltimore to show local and state officials that this is not acceptable.

Join in on the fight for our education by sharing this video on social media to spread the word that Baltimore matters.

#FixTheGap

Posted March 8th, 2017 in Baltimore, Blog, Homepage, News, Video by waym
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ABC’s not Suspension

By Bobbi Sanford-Maddox and Gyasi Mitchell. Bobbi is a senior at Dulaney High school and a member of the Wide Angle Design Team. Gyasi is a freshman at City Neighbors High school, a member of the Wide Angle Design Team and likes videography.

During the 2015-2016 school year 2,363 Pre-K through 2nd grade students were suspended in Maryland. When Wide Angle’s Design Team found out about this we thought it was absurd. The amount of students suspended in one school year was unbelievable.

We worked with the Maryland Coalition To Reform School Discipline to learn more and brainstorm ideas. To get the attention of the legislators we created the door hangers to persuade legislators to vote for House Bill 425 in Annapolis, Maryland. The bill was created to prevent and prohibit pre-k through 2nd grade students from getting suspended or expelled. Students should go to school to learn, not to be kicked out for small offenses.

We were excited to work on this project because we feel that to many students in Baltimore are being suspended. Our hopes are to stop the rate of suspensions and expulsions overall.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Posted March 7th, 2017 in Baltimore, Blog, Homepage, News, Uncategorized by waym
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Listen Up! Never Give Up!

In the Fall of 2017, middle school students at the Baltimore Speaks Out program Patterson Park Public Charter School branch created a short film about pursuing success in school and life.

Youth Producers:
Jodi Aryee
Dejuan Barrett
Diyonia Barrett
Terrell Breeden
Maria Foreman
Desireemarie Garcia
Yahir Garcia
Yoselin Gasia-Lopez
Nicolas Graves
Shabria Hart
Emynie Hill
Ja’Niya Joseph
Omarion Lopez
Jonathan Magill
Daniela Rodriguez
Ty’Jai Smith
Tayon Terry
Ryan Trogdon

Posted January 13th, 2017 in Baltimore, Blog, Homepage, News by waym
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NEVER LATE NATE: An Attendance Superhero

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Around 1 in 4 Baltimore City pre-kindergarten and kindergarten students are chronically absent, meaning they miss 10% or more of the school year (Baltimore Student Attendance Campaign (November 1, 2011). Opportunity Scan: Attendance in the Early Grades (PreK-3)). Chronic absenteeism in pre-kindergarten and kindergarten can predict lower test scores, poor attendance and retention in later grades. (Attendance Works. Attendance in the Early Grades.)

Unfortunately, few tools exist to raise awareness of the importance of attendance in the early grades and to support students and parents in building healthy attendance habits.

When students in Wide Angle Youth Media’s Design Team learned about the shockingly high absenteeism rate among Baltimore’s youngest learners, they felt compelled to do something about it. Their solution? Kid friendly attendance superheroes, Never Late Nate and Never Late Kate.

Never Late Nate is a campaign created by the Wide Angle Design Team in collaboration with students, teachers, and non-profits. To insure the success of the campaign, students in the Design Team read articles on the importance of school attendance in the early grades, brainstormed ideas, explored best practices for kid-friendly design, created student personas, met with teachers and early childhood experts, and conducted a focus group with pre-kindergarten students.

Our Never Late Nate toolkit below includes a short animated series, a free Never Late Nate game, an attendance activity book, and downloadable resources such as classroom posters and daily checklists.

To learn more about Never Late Nate or purchase printed materials for your school, please contact info@wideanglemedia.org

Never late nate EPISODE one:

Attendance superhero Never Late Nate is preparing for another successful day at school when his cat Fluffy alerts him that there is a student on the verge of being late. Nate flies over to help but learns that the student in need is not the only person waiting for him…

Never Late Nate episode TWO:

Never Late Nate comes to Kate’s rescue in the long awaited second episode of Never Late Nate!

Never Late Nate Activity Book:

This Never Late Nate Activity Book was developed by young people in Wide Angle Youth Media’s Design Team in collaboration with AARP Foundation Experience Corps. 

Never Late Nate Game:

Help Never Late Nate get to school on time in the new Never Late Nate game available HERE.

(Option to download on the App Store or Google Play coming soon!The Never Late Nate game was designed by young people in a Wide Angle Youth Media workshop and developed by young people at Code in the Schools. This special project was supported by the Casey Fund for Youth Leadership of the Baltimore Community Foundation.

d0wnloadable RESOURCES:

THIS work WAS MADE POSSIBLE BY:

Open Society Institute-Baltimore
The Baltimore School Climate Collaborative
Baltimore Education Research Consortium
AARP Foundation Experience Corps
Wide Angle Youth Media

Posted September 27th, 2016 in Baltimore, Blog, Homepage, News, Uncategorized by waym
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Baltimore Through Our Eyes

 

In spring 2016, high school students from Wide Angle Youth Media’s Mentoring Video Project decided to make a video highlighting the positive side of Baltimore and breaking negative stereotypes of their city.

Youth Producers:
Marc Cruise, Tahir Juba, Natasha Martin, Joshua Moore, Sama Muhammad, Kaman Rogers

Posted August 29th, 2016 in Baltimore, Blog, Homepage, News, Video by waym
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After Freddie Gray: What Now?

In spring 2016, high school students at Wide Angle Youth Media decided to explore how the Baltimore Uprising in response to Freddie Gray’s death has impacted different youth-serving organizations. Hear from different voices about what is being done in Baltimore in the aftermath to shape supports for youth in the city.

Mentoring Video Project Youth Producers:
Victor Able
Tayvon Cole
Katia Crawford
Kailah Hall
William Mitchell
Niajea Randolph

Posted August 29th, 2016 in Baltimore, Blog, Homepage, News, Video by waym
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Intern Perspective: Kaitlin Winchester

I started college just outside of Baltimore in 2013 and before then I could count my trips to the city on one hand. Coming here I wanted to feel like part of the city, but I didn’t know how to find my footing. A professor in my Media and Communication Studies program would talk about this great non-profit called Wide Angle Youth Media and as I learned more I knew I had to get involved, but I wasn’t sure where to start. I put off getting involved until Wide Angle hosted a workshop at a conference I was attending. Long story short, I attended their workshop and learned more about their impact and what they do, so I applied for an internship and here I am writing this blog post!

Starting, I knew I wanted to learn things like how Wide Angle interacts with social media and works with sponsors for their programs. After my internship began I learned about other ways I could get involved, like helping with the Youth Photography Traveling Exhibit (YPTE) that travels to Farmers’ Markets around the city.

On my first day I helped go through and package 100 copies of the book “This Is Baltimore,” that were created with portraits from YPTE. What struck me was the motivation behind the YPTE that resulted in the book. During and after the Baltimore uprising, students and staff felt the need to portray Baltimore youth positively, contrary to the image that was constructed by the media. As someone not originally from the city, this is not an issue that often dawns on me. So I decided to begin volunteering with pop-up exhibits at Farmers’ Markets displaying the portraits around the city. Displaying the photos in public spaces in addition to galleries is really important because not everyone has the access or time to go to an art gallery. These exhibits allow exposure for the incredible talent the youth participants have and give us the opportunity to spread the word about how other students can get involved.

We’ll be at three upcoming Farmers’ Markets:

  • The Baltimore Museum of Industry Market on Saturday July 30th from 9AM-1PM
  • The Downtown Market on Sunday July 31 from 7AM to Noon
  • The Waverly Market on Saturday September 17 from 7AM to Noon

I encourage everyone to brave the heat and come see me at the Downtown Market this Sunday!

kaitlin About Kaitlin:

I am about to start my fourth (and hopefully last) year at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. I am working toward a double major in Media and Communication Studies and International Relations with a certificate in French. After my internship I intend to stay involved with Wide Angle because I really believe in their mission and everyone here, from participants to staff, are truly amazing and have taught me so much in just two months.

Posted July 29th, 2016 in Baltimore, Blog, Homepage, News, Uncategorized by waym
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Safe Spaces

Students from the Baltimore Speaks Out Program at Patterson Park Public Charter School share things that they find funny, things that they like, and things that they worry about when it comes to being a young person in Baltimore.

Baltimore Speaks Out Youth Producers:
Faith Carter-Topp
Desiree Garcia
Ceaser Jimenez-Zamudio
Malachi Jones
Ja’Niya Joseph
Joyce Kasiama
Omarion Lopez
Daniela Rodriguez
Ty’Jai Smith

Baltimore Speaks Out Assistant Youth Producers:
Maria Foreman
Ma’Kyah Gyant
Na’Kayah Hunt
Calin Jones
Joyce Kasiama
Sanai Matthews
Dallas Solomon
Jabez Solomon
Karon Williams

 

Posted June 7th, 2016 in Baltimore, Blog, Homepage, News, Uncategorized, Video by waym
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#ThisIsBaltimore

On April 28, 2015 – a day after Baltimore made headlines around the world for its collective response to the death of Freddie Gray – Wide Angle Youth Media students and staff were compelled to use their documentary skills to project positive images of Baltimore youth. Over the past year, Wide Angle Youth Media collected photographs at spring protests and through workshops at schools, libraries and organizations in more than 15 neighborhoods. The result is this compilation of youth produced photographs that show a city filled with hope, vitality and resilience.  This online publication is free for anyone to view, and over 200 hardcover copies of this book have been delivered to participating workshop sites, students, donors, community members, and a selection of local universities and libraries.


In addition to the book release, students in Wide Angle Youth Media’s advanced high school production program, the Mentoring Video Project, have created 9 audio stories reflecting on a memory from the past year.

Last spring, media producers across the world – many of whom had never before set foot in the city – flocked to Baltimore to cover its unrest following the death of Freddie Gray. In the wake of this activity, I felt urgent pride in the work happening at Wide Angle Youth Media (Wide Angle). While many media organizations were portraying the city in a negative light, Wide Angle was empowering students to continue sharing their stories with greater context.

In the months that followed, I challenged my students to think about what role they played in taking ownership of their narratives. Each student’s perspective and outlook on their surrounding environment is a reflection of their individual experiences in Baltimore. Students discussed in what ways the media failed to share highlights across the city beyond Freddie Gray and protests. And while we continued to reflect on the significance of the events of April 2015, we also began sharing personal momentums and achievements that added to Baltimore’s history in 2015. From winning a sports tournament to identity conflicts during the protests to attending anime conventions — these small moments represent a larger image of how its youth are participating in and contributing to the city’s lifeline.

Based on these discussions, Wide Angle producers from the Mentoring Video Project produced a collection of events that impacted them throughout the year. They reflect on the larger community values and records, that cannot be replaced with big media. – Mawish Raza, MVP Lead Instructor

TUNE IN TO THE MENTORING VIDEO PROJECT MEMORY BANK HERE

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Support for This Is Baltimore has been made possible by: Baltimore Community Foundation’s Rebuilding Baltimore Fund, Baltimore Office of Promotion & the Arts, Enoch Pratt Free Library, Maryland Humanities Council’s Humanities Fund for Baltimore, Maryland Public Television, Maryland State Arts Council, MurthyNAYAK Foundation, and Open Society Institute-Baltimore. Over 150 students, staff, community members, and volunteers also helped bring this project to life.

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Interested in purchasing a hardcover book of your own? E-mail info@wideanglemedia.org.

Posted March 15th, 2016 in Baltimore, Blog, Homepage, News, Slider, Uncategorized by waym
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Check it out: Final Films from the Robotic Video Workshop!

These short films were created through a special Youth Speaks Out program in the summer of 2015, providing youth ages 10-15 with free media education in their own community.

 

Special Thanks to:

  • Constellation Energy for supporting this workshop and the Lego Robotic Kits.
  • The Pratt Contemporaries for supporting the purchases of new iPads for programming robots and for fall workshops.
  • The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation for supporting our Youth Speaks Out! Program
  • The employees of Constellation for volunteering their time and energy.
Posted August 4th, 2015 in Baltimore, Blog, Homepage, News, Video by waym