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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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Baltimore City Schools Budget Cut Rally

By Devon Aro and Takira Goslee, Wide Angle Youth Media Design Team Students. Devon and Takira are both juniors at Baltimore Design School and a part of Wide Angle’s Design Team. Takira is in love with the color red.

On Thursday February 23, a group of students from Wide Angle Youth Media went to a rally in Annapolis Maryland. The rally was an event to help with funding the various budget cuts for Baltimore City Public Schools. These cuts would cause 1,000 teachers and staff within the Baltimore City School System to lose their jobs. This affects us because we may lose 5-7 of our caring teachers.

Since our school is not the biggest school, we don’t have many teachers so we would lose a lot compared to other schools. The Rally hosted a horde of students, teachers, personnel, parents and even city council members standing outside of the State Capital in Annapolis.

There were inspiring speeches from teachers, students, and board members and they helped to bring out our mayor Catherine Pugh. She said she would announce a plan to help the gap. While this still is a problem, it is an improvement and while we wait for the announcement of what the state plans to do. We hope that the plan that’s announced helps. The rally was very empowering and it was very nice to see the number of supporters and to hear the speeches from various voices like delegates, students and teachers. I hope that our voices can have an impact on this deficit.

Photographs taken by Wide Angle Youth Producers documenting the event:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 

 

 

 

 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 

 

 

 

 
 

 

 

 

 
 

 

 

 

 
 

 

 

 

 
 

 

 

 

 
 

 

 

 

 
 

 

 

 

 
 

 

 

 

 
 

 

 

 

 
 

 

 

 

 
 

 

 

 

 
 

Posted March 7th, 2017 in Blog, Homepage, News, Uncategorized 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:

Get the App! Help Never Late Nate get to school on time in the Never Late Nate game available HERE.

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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Welcome to our FY17 Board Leadership Team

Here at Wide Angle, July marks not only the kick-off for our summer programs and YouthWorks, but also the start of our new fiscal year. We’d like to share a big congratulations to our new board leadership team and extend our sincere gratitude to those board members whose terms are ending with the close of FY16 – and the many other board members who have offered their time, leadership, and expertise over the years. Please join us in welcoming our FY17 Board Leaders!

JeffMNewPicJeffrey Myers
Board President
“We have an incredibly talented group of board members, and I look forward to working closely together with them to advance the Wide Angle mission.”

Jeff is the Director of Communications for Constellation, an Exelon Company, where he is responsible for leading the internal and external communications strategy for Exelon’s competitive energy business, and was recently recognized with an Exelon Employee Volunteer Achievement Award. Having been born and raised in the Baltimore area, Jeff has long been passionate about supporting the Baltimore community, including through prior board memberships with the American Marketing Association in Baltimore and the Downtown Partnership of Baltimore, as well as numerous volunteer efforts with Habitat for Humanity. Jeff brings his critical thinking skills and ability to translate strategy into message and action to serve the students and Board members of Wide Angle Youth Media.

DemetriaDemetria Barrett
Board Vice President
“Wide Angle is a fantastic organization and it is an honor to serve the people in my community and the youth of Baltimore City.”

Demetria Barrett serves as the Finance & Operations Manager at Campaign Consultation, Inc. As Finance and Operations Manager, Demetria is responsible for managing all functions pertaining to finance, facilities, and operations necessary to maintain an effective, efficient, and sound corporate environment. She is committed to creating sustainable outcomes, growing small businesses and volunteering.

RTWideAnglepic (1)Aarati Doddanna
Board Secretary
“I have lived in Baltimore for years, so it is imperative I serve the community that has been so welcoming to me. I am on the Board of Wide Angle because this is an organization that is committed to fostering the growth and skills of Baltimore’s youth in a meaningful way. I am always astounded by the creativity of our youth, and look forward to seeing their continued greatness.”

Aarati (RT) Doddanna is the Compliance Manager for Allegis Group, Inc., the largest privately held staffing company in the United States. In her current role, Ms. Doddanna focuses on enterprise wide compliance with federal, state, and local employment laws in North America. RT has volunteered for and served on boards of several non-profits in Washington, DC and Charleston, SC, respectively, and she is excited to be a part of Wide Angle, an organization that is committed to tapping into and cultivating the talent, knowledge and experience of the youth from the community where she lives.

Jeffrey GillisWebPic_JG
Board Treasurer
“Serving on the board is meaningful to me because I am able to participate with an organization that is giving a voice to young people in Baltimore City. Enabling them to express their feelings about the city and the neighborhoods they live in. Through various forms of media, the youth of Baltimore are able to bring attention to the issues that impact their lives and promote positive change going forward. I am glad to be part of a great team that is giving children and young adults the tools they need to feel/be empowered that they can make a difference. That people will listen. And great things will happen for them in the future.”

Jeff is currently the CFO of Barcoding, Inc, and oversees the accounting, financial services and human resources departments of the company and its subsidiaries. A 2015 recipient of the Baltimore Business Journal’s Best in Finance: CFO Award, Jeff is a Maryland CPA and has more than 20 years of experience in the financial, accounting, strategic planning, and account management spaces. Jeff strives to apply his accounting, finance and tax experience to help Wide Angle Youth Media achieve its goals and mission.

 

Interested in becoming a board member?
Wide Angle Youth Media is always interested in getting to know engaged and experienced volunteers who are interested in joining a team of dedicated individuals working to empower the next generation of civic leaders in Baltimore.

Please e-mail our Executive Director Susan Malone to get the conversation started.

Posted July 7th, 2016 in Blog, Homepage, News 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