Organizations that help Philadelphia youth build self-expression and creative skills through digital media production are banding together to increase visibility of youth media programs in the city through the Philadelphia Youth Media Collaborative (PYMC). Last week the PYMC received a $50,000 grant to continue to build a vibrant network of youth-serving media organizations with expertise in youth development, youth media, and digital and media literacy in Philadelphia.
More than 3,000 young people each year in the Philadelphia region participate in a variety of youth media programs. Today, the Collaborative is able to actively move ahead to further strengthen collaboration between program providers, to increase the quality of instructional practices and programs, amplifying positive youth voices, while making youth media a larger part of the public discourse in Philadelphia.
The PYMC was started in 2009 when representatives from local media organizations, including Big Picture Alliance, WHYY Dorrance H. Hamilton Public Media Commons, YES Philly, the Media Education Lab at Temple University, PhillyCAM, the University Community Collaborative of Philadelphia, PhillyCAM, Scribe Video Center, Spiral Q Puppet Theater, and the Mural Arts Program started to meet regularly for information exchange and networking.
According to Gretjen Clausing, Executive Director of PhillyCAM, “The PYMC will bring more visibility and better connections between organizations, while creating a space for youth to actively engaged in media creation and distribution to talk about issues of importance to them.”
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