Recipients of Youth Multimedia Grants

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From: rturner at ctcnet.org


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 5, 2005

YOUTH MULTIMEDIA GRANTS TACKLE COMMUNITY ISSUES ACROSS AMERICA

(Washington, DC) -- Eight U.S. community-based organizations have been 
awarded
grants through the national Youth Visions for Stronger Neighborhood 
program, in
support of their work to engage youth in civic participation projects 
through multimedia
technology.

Youth Visions for Stronger Neighborhoods is an innovative three-year 
initiative by the
Community Technology Centers' Network (CTCNet), funded through Learn and 
Serve
America, a division of the federal Corporation for National and 
Community Service.
Grants provide innovative nonprofit programs with collaborative, 
peer-driven curriculum
development support and evaluation assistance to empower young adults 
(ages 14-18)
to take action on the concerns affecting their communities.

The eight sites selected for 2005-2006 are:

* Appalshop: Appalachian Media Institute (Whitesburg, KY)  
* Beyondmedia Education: Girls! Action! Media (Chicago, IL)  
* Chinatown Beacon Center (San Francisco, CA)
* DANEnet, in collaboration with Atwood Community Center (Madison, WI)      
* Deproduction: The [denverevolution] Production Group (Denver, CO)  
* EducationWorks, Inc: Germantown Beacon Center (Philadelphia, PA)  
* The Media Aid Center (Los Angeles, CA)  
* Wide Angle Community Media (Baltimore, MD)  

"We congratulate this year's Youth Visions grantees for the important 
work they do
everyday to ensure that young people are recognized as vital forces for 
change in their
communities," said Kavita Singh, CTCNet Executive Director. "We are 
proud to provide
this opportunity for community technology centers to help build 
self-esteem, reinforce
academic achievement, and encourage a desire for lifelong learning and 
public service
in young adults."

Youth Visions for Stronger Neighborhoods incorporates a six-month 
afterschool-
focused curriculum model that enhances critical thinking skills and 
civic literacy in
young adults. Youth participants interview and survey their families, 
peers, and
community residents to identify potential issues of concern. Key topics 
are selected by
measuring the range and level of community opinions against the urgency 
for, appeal
to, and potential solvability by youth. In-depth research draws upon 
real-world and
online resources, experts, and tools. The resulting set of knowledge, 
opinion, and ideas
are then synthesized into challenging multimedia presentations, which 
strengthen
technical, content development, project planning, and time-management 
abilities.
Drawing upon their outreach and marketing talents, youth then organize 
community
forums for their final presentations, engaging community residents and 
decision-makers
in dialog and planning regarding solutions to the addressed needs.

"Youth Visions for Stronger Neighborhoods ensures that the energy, 
commitment, and
creative voices of young people in urban and rural America will be heard 
in the mayor's
office, local councils, and neighborhood associations -- anywhere 
decisions are made
that impact where they live, work, and learn," according to CTCNet's Singh.
"Communities also benefit from a renewed confidence in utilizing 
resources and
institutions to address needs, regardless of their size and scope.

Since the project's inception in 2004, 23 organizations in 15 states 
have been supported
through project grants totaling nearly half a million dollars. 2006 
marks the final year of
Youth Visions for Stronger Neighborhood grants. A total of 74 
organizations applied and
competed for the final grant cycle. CTCNet will seek continued support 
in order to make
the curriculum and program infrastructure available to any interested 
community
organization next fall.

For more information on Youth Visions for Stronger Neighborhoods, please 
visit:

http://www.ctcnet.org/youthvisions


ABOUT CTCNET

Founded in 1990, CTCNet (http://www.ctcnet.org) is a membership network 
of more
than 1,000 organizations that provides resources and advocacy to improve 
the quality
and sustainability of community technology at the local, national and 
international level.
Its work is rooted in a desire to enhance learning, communication, and 
civic
participation through equitable technology access. CTCNet will host the 
15th Annual
National Community Technology Conference, July 27-29, 2006 in 
Washington, DC.

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CTCNET CONTACTS

Ryan Turner
Phone: (202) 462-1200
E-mail: rturner at ctcnet.org

Tara Kumar
Phone: (617) 256-9226
E-mail: tkumar at ctcnet.org




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