Coordinating and facilitating media and visual arts education workshops that focus on identity, social justice, and community for 16-20 year olds in continuing education and juvenile halls in Los Angeles.
Urthboy Music Video "Your Thing"
As Content Producer for ReachOut.com I worked with recording artist Urthboy, Australia's leading hip-hop artist. Urthboy was interested in being part of our nation-wide media campaign targeting the rising mental health issues and suicide of young men in Australia.
For the project, I developed and facilitated a youth media production workshop which led to the students shooting and directing a video for Urthboy's new hit single "Your Thing". We also created a "call out" to all Australian youth to send in their user-generated videos to be a part of the project.
The video received over 12,000 views on Youtube which for a nation as small as Australia was a huge success. This campaign opened up the conversation about mental health and youth suicide in a nation reticent to address these issues.
Facilitated and produced a groundbreaking youth media video project in collaboration with FIERCE and Paper Tiger Television about the history of public spaces for LGBTQ youth in NYC and the present day fight to keep these spaces free and open to young people. This video includes one of the last interviews of Sylvia Rivera, a famous transgender activist and Stonewall veteran before her passing.
This project was a success because it brought LGBTQ youth and elder LGBTQ activists together to share stories and experiences. It led to a coalition of intergenerational activists that addressed the issues of homelessness, policing, and LGBTQ access to safe spaces.
Bronx River Project
Video-Link Media Educator
I created media workshop curriculum for MS80 8th grade teachers across disciplines (Social Studies, Science, and History) and facilitated the co-production of this video by MS80 students, Video-Link, and the New York City Department of Education in the Bronx.
This short documentary was made with and for young people to become more involved in the environmental issues that affect their community.
I produced a series of shorts highlighting the work of young people in the Weave Arts program in Sydney, Australia. Weave Arts encourages and empowers young people (12-28) to speak about their experiences with mental health and substance use issues.