The LAMP was pleased to be among the organizations presenting outstanding student work last night at the Youth Media Showcase, part of the Interaction Design & Children conference and sponsored by the Mozilla Hive NYC Learning Network. LAMP facilitator Jennifer Liu and student Lai Wa Wong presented the Prevention PSAs created with Immigrant Social Services (ISS) this past spring. As Lai Wa explained during the panel session following the screening, this was the first time she and her friends at ISS had created their own media projects, and it helped her find a voice in storytelling that she never knew she had before.
Other presenters included the Center for Urban Pedagogy (CUP) and their project creating a website to help middle school students navigate the process of finding the right public high school; Engage Media Lab, screening student-produced animations; Global Action Project (GAP) and a short film about homeless LGBTQ youth grappling with the history and future of civil rights; Radio Rookies, playing a story about a young woman who emigrated from the Congo and learned the hard way about the mythology of the American dream; and Reel Lives, screening a piece about one teen’s struggle to break away from a gang while watching her younger brother follow in her footsteps.
All in all, it was an evening celebrating the courage, perseverance and passion that students and educators demonstrate every day in producing youth media. Congratulations to all who presented!