Welcome to the Launch of the Youth Media Collective Action Initiative!

Hosted and Facilitated by NAMAC Youth Media Impact Producers Myah Overstreet and Jason Wyman

Thursday, June 9, 2016

4:00pm – 6:30pm

LAUNCHING The 50-State Dinner Party Project: Youth Media Collective Action Kicks Off

You are invited to break bread with youth media and creative youth development leaders (both youth and youth workers) at a dinner art party hosted by Bay Area artists, educators, and changemakers! You’ll meet folks of all ages from across the country as we creatively and conversationally explore the question, “What are our desired futures?” This is all a part of NAMAC’s 50 State Dinner Party Project, an intergenerational investigation into desired futures for the youth media and creative youth development fields — leading to a National Collective Action Initiative launching in 2017.

OFF SITE LOCATION: Qulture Collective, 1714 Franklin Street, Oakland CA

Friday, June 10, 2016

11:00am – 12:30pm

ENVISIONING Youth Media Collective Action: The Roots of Change and the 50 State Dinner Party Project

You joined us for dinner, now find out how it all started. At this interactive workshop, participants will learn about the interconnected roots of The 50 State Dinner Party Project, including NAMAC’s larger vision of collective action, the Bay Area’s ecosystem of youth media and creative youth development, and the origins of the central question: What are our desired futures? (Hint: Thank you Appalshop!) Participants will walk away from the session with a much deeper sense of the project’s goals and vision as well as a toolkit for hosting a local dinner party.

Location: Youth Media Collective Action Lab at the Marriott

4:00pm – 5:00pm


Media Arts and ESSA: What does the Every Student Succeeds Act mean for Youth Media?

In the wake of the new Every Student Succeeds Act, or ESSA, (the next generation of No Child Left Behind) states in every region of this country are facing some critical decisions about arts education because of the new law.  In this interactive session, Jeff Poulin from Americans for the Arts will let us know what we really need to know about ESSA, de-mystify the complexities of the new arts education ecosystem, and provide everyone an opportunity to customize an action plan for their local advocacy.

with Jeff Poulin
Arts Education Program Manager
Americans for the Arts

Location: Youth Media Collective Action Lab at the Marriott

Saturday, June 11, 2016

1:30pm – 2:30pm

PLANNING Youth Media Collective Action: Hosting A Dinner Party Project!

Now that you have broken bread with us and learned more about the roots of The 50 State Dinner Party Project, join us for a working session to plan your local dinner party. During this working session, participants will discover how to leverage existing relationships and resources to host an intergenerational dinner party that continues to cultivate local relationships while simultaneously works towards discovering national trends and issues. Special care and attention will be placed on the specific mechanics and logistics of the dinner party, so everyone feels confident in hosting their own dinner.

Location: Youth Media Collective Action Lab at the Marriott


Get It Together: Media Literacy and Youth Media

The National Association of Media Literacy Education defines Media Literacy as the ability to access, analyze, evaluate, create and act using all forms of communication. It empowers people to be critical thinkers and makers, effective communicators and active citizens. When young people learn to be media makers and artists, job-focused technical and digital training often overshadows media literacy. This participatory workshop offers dynamic and creative examples for integrating media literacy into youth media project development and learning models. Experts in the field will share best practices, success stories (and maybe a failure or two) of how to incorporate media literacy concepts into community-based creative programs to enhance and deepen the youth media experience.

With Michelle Lipkin, Executive Director, National Association for Media Literacy Education (NAMLE)
Joanne Parsont, Education Specialist, NAMLE

Date: Friday, June 10, 2:45PM
Location: Breakout Room TBA

Growing Up On Screen: When Teenagers Are Subjects

Besides the logistics of school schedules, parents, hunger pangs, and hormones, working with teenagers as subjects in documentary projects raises a myriad of ethical, emotional and creative questions. Using Off and Running and Where Do You Belong as models, we’ll be talking about highly collaborative approaches to documentary and the evolving role of teens as subjects AND collaborators. How do you balance the needs, costs and stakes of creating a feature film or multi-platform media project with a mission to help young people develop their own voices and power?

Nicole Opper, Director, Off and Running
Jason Wyman, Founder, 14 Black Poppies
Izza Anwar, Curator & Youth Advocate, Where Do You Belong
Rokhsareh Ghaemmaghami, Director, Sonita

Date: Saturday, June 11, 3 – 4PM
Location: Breakout Room TBA