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GB Youth media:What we do and why

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Our mission: Youth Voices

Our mission is to create communities where young people build the confidence and media skills to express themselves and to promote community building, multicultural understanding, and the common good. 

To realize this mission, GBYM provides local teens with an after-school program, a summer apprenticeship program, annual events such as the Youth Media Festival competition, and a 3000 sq foot youth community room. 

These GBYM activities fall into three service categories: space, skills and creativity, and advocacy.

 We are committed to providing these services to each student regardless of where they are on their journey to stability and wellbeing, whether they need more support or they want to support their fellow students.

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Vision for 2021-2022 School Year 

 We plan to continue our online classes, reopen our in-person classes, and open our headquarters as a youth community room for creativity, study, free time, and civic engagement. 

We will continue to provide free media arts education and advocacy training for students  who need help facing and dismantling challenges such as excessively low minimum wages for essential workers, systemic racism, bullying, bigotry, and anti-immigrant policies.

June through August: Summer DOCS program providing summer media arts jobs for 8th through 12th graders

August 20 - 30, 2021: Laptop distribution

September 1: Youth Community Rooms opens for classes and drop-in hours (pending pandemic status)

September 1: Fall Promoters Program begins (in-person and online) 

October 2021: Youth art and film exhibition and pop-up youth community room, Silver Spring Civic Center

(pending pandemic status)

December 15: Fall Promoters session ends

December 24 through January 2: Limited drop-in hours at youth room in Silver Spring

January 4, 2022: Winter/Spring 2022 Promoters Session begins

January 4, 2022: Laptop distribution

April 2022: Art and Film Exhibition and pop-up youth community room, Wheaton, MD

April 2022: Montgomery County Youth Media Festival Awards Announcement

May 27, 2022: Spring Promoters session ends

June -August 2022 : Summer DOCS internships and apprenticeships

 Class Schedule 2021-2022

June 14 to June 22: Internship Session 1 

June 28 to July 8: Internship Session 2

July 12 to July 22: Internship Session 3 

Internships are 2pm to 4pm, Mon through Thurs. 

July 12 through August 12: Apprenticeship Program 

Apprenticeship is Monday through Thursday, 2pm to 6pm 

August 20, 2021: Laptop distribution

September 1: Youth Community Rooms opens for classes and drop-in hours (pending pandemic status); Fall Promoters Program begins

October 2021: Youth art and film exhibition and pop-up youth community room, Silver Spring Civic Center

(pending pandemic status)

December 15: Fall Promoters session ends

December 24 through January 2: Limited drop-in hours at youth space in Silver Spring

January 4, 2022: Winter/Spring 2022 Promoters Session begins

January 4, 2022: Laptop distribution

April 2022: Art and Film Exhibition and youth drop-in space, Wheaton, MD

April 2022: Montgomery County Youth Media Festival Awards Announcement

May 27, 2022: Spring Promoters session ends

June 2022: Summer internships; Youth space open for drop-in

Program descriptions: 

Promoters after-school: media arts classes in which students complete projects and can earn SSL hours. Students attend weekly volunteer meetings to learn media arts skills, how to make decisions throughout the production process, and social justice advocacy. They receive a free laptop and headphones, if they don't have them at home.

Summer DOCS: students learn about developing and presenting digital media for the public. Both interns and apprentices participate in a daily intensive training in their chosen fields: writing, scripts, film editing, lighting, sound, graphic design, photography, and more. Students will learn how to research and create original works of media art in a way that is relevant, engaging, and accessible. At the end of the program they will have completed films and graphic designs to publish, to send to local leaders, and to send to festival competitions. 

​Silver Spring drop-in program: Safe and inclusive, our space in Silver Spring will be open for drop-in, especially those students facing physical or emotional obstacles at home.

 

Youth Media Festival: annual prizes, event, and month-long exhibition and youth art pop-up space. This program is now open to students from across DC, Maryland, and Virginia.

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Benefits 

After-school activities free of charge; a place for teens to hangout comfortably and safely outside the home; earn Student Service Learning hours needed for graduation. 

Monitoring and Evalution

Surveys: parents, students, alumni 

Teacher reports on student engagement, wellbeing, and progress. For example engagement on scale of 1 to 5, progress (yes or no and in what areas), and wellbeing (changed, yes or no; concern, no concern) 

Goals 

Through GBYM’s programs, students have increased self-expression, confidence, leadership skills, and knowledge of civic activism and advocating for social justice causes. 

Decision making

When we make plans, we start with our mission, vision, and values (as seen on our website). We ask our partners for guidance and information on the needs and preferences in the community. We survey parents and students we already know to ask about their needs and preferences.  This coming year we will also be increasing our use of secondary data and reliable reports produced by or with major participation from BIPOC and LGBTQ+ researchers. 

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Numbers 

GB Youth Media’s 2021-2022 year is estimated to engage at least 400 students:

After-school program: 100

Summer DOCS: 15 (6 interns and 9 apprentices)

Silver Spring drop-in program: 60

Youth Media Festival competition: 250

Financial: 

Our annual budget is approximately $325,000. 

We do our best to maintain reserves sufficient for eight months of payroll and benefits.

Income is approximately 75% government grants, 20% private grants, and 5% local individual donations. 

We complete a full external audit of our financials and procedures every year.  We do not carry debt. 

Montgomery County has donated our 10-year lease and it is renewable for up to 20 years.

Who and Where 

Programs are open to students across the DC metro area.  Students are primarily in a five-mile radius of our downtown Silver Spring, Maryland youth community room.  This includes Wheaton, Langley Crossroads area, Kensington, Hyattsville, greater Silver Spring,  and Takoma Park. A portion of students participating in our programs are in greater Montgomery County including Gaithersburg, Rockville, and Olney. 

Our students complete our programs at our Silver Spring youth room and in partner locations in Wheaton, Hyattsville, and Takoma Park. 

Our Partners 

Habitat America - TBA 

Latina American Youth Center-  DC

Montgomery Housing Partnership - FLOW program in Wheaton and Takoma Park residences, for middle schoolers

CASA de Maryland - Mi Espacio program for high schoolers; possibly community youth room

Adventist Community Services - TBA

LCMC - digital skills and ESOL for parents 

Arts on the Block - Community youth room

Crittenton Services for Girls - Sneakers Program and Community youth room 

Community Bridges - Community youth room