The following was written by Sinéad Devlin, a facilitator at The LAMP who served as a mentor during this year’s Digital Waves Festival 3.0: NewsHive. The LAMP was a partner in the event which brought together youth from all over the city. The following is her account of the weekend and the piece her team created about a teen pregnancy awareness campaign from the city:
On October 18 & 19, I had the pleasure to serve as a mentor at the third annual NYC Digital Waves Youth Media Festival in Brooklyn, a journalism competition for young adults. Participants came after a long day at school from around the city and as far away as Maine for the chance to make their voices heard about issues relevant to the city leading up to the mayoral election and then enter their pieces into a final slam throwdown. After contestants, mentors, and sponsor representatives from organizations like The LAMP and the Red Hook Initiative had a chance to get acquainted at a pizza social Friday night, we were divided into groups to begin planning our strategies. I had so much fun helping to lead my group around Brooklyn gathering interviews and content for their short video piece, “What’s Next for Teen Pregnancy in NYC?” My group placed third in the throwdown and each student took home $100. I could not have been prouder of how well everyone worked together considering the time constraints. I found the passion these young citizen journalists were putting into their work to be inspiring and feel blessed to have gotten to work with them. I would also like to thank The LAMP, WNYC, St. Joseph’s College, and the Mozilla Hive Learning Network NYC for making the opportunity possible. I cannot think of a better way to have spent my weekend.
LAMP Facilitator Jennifer Liu also led a group of students in producing a piece about class disparity. Check it out!