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Documentaries by Area Teens Will Be Screened at Wilson Academy

Wednesday, May 02, 2007

The University of Rochester Medical Center, WXXI and The Roadwork For Success In Young Adulthood will present Raising 100,000 Voices, a series of mini-documentaries by area teens on the issues they face, Friday May 4 at the Rochester City School District Wilson Foundation Academy, 200 Genesee Street.

The screening, which is open to the public, begins at 6 p.m.

More than 30 videos will be screened at the premiere. The topics include: racial stereotypes in old and current Hollywood, a teen mom who shares what it’s like to be a young parent, and a group of teens with disabilities who interview the head of the Rochester Transit System about handicap accessibility.

The Raising 100,000 Voices began in November 2005 when young people aged 15 to 24 were invited to participate in a film project designed to help in understanding and communicating the needs and assets of the community from the point of view of those emerging into adulthood. They were given digital video cameras and asked to produce 3-minute documentaries on topics that concerned them. Thirty-six films were produced and screened in June 2006.

This year a new group of teens were invited by over fourteen participating organizations to produce video projects.

The documentary project is funded, in part, by the National Center for Outreach, and sponsored by WXXI, University of Rochester Medical Center, Roadwork for Success in Young Adulthood and Rochester City School District.

Participating organizations include: ArtPeace, Inc. with Compeer Rochester, Inc., Charles Settlement House, Inc., The Community Place of Greater Rochester Sector 8 Youth/Adult Partnership, Dazzle School of Visual and Performing Arts, Inc., Global Media Arts High School at Franklin, Grace Community Village, Inc., Hillside Children’s Center, Migrant Education Outreach Program, Monroe County DHS YOU Team, Southwest Area Neighborhood Association (SWAN), Teens Advocating Nonviolence of Parsells Avenue Community Church, Youth Voice One Vision and RCTV.

The screening is free. Reservations can be made by calling (585) 258-0278.

To view last year’s videos visit

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