Across The Bridge (ATB) is an innovative program designed to empower youth participants by providing safe access, insight and guidance to the many opportunities within the Film and Music community in Seattle. Youth participants will journey across the West Seattle Bridge to our network of studios to have meaningful conversations with producers, directors, musicians and other artists to support each other, develop their voices and share the communities’ stories. From these conversations, youth involved in the program will produce a series of short YouTube videos and a professional video to be shared with the community at large.
Across The Bridge (ATB) is a 6 week program designed to engage, encourage and empower youths 14-17 years old through exposure, exploration and immersion in Seattle’s music, film and theater business community in order to inspire youth participants to become content creators. ATB will focus on youth ages 14-17 because they are at a critical and influential age in their development. Faced with social challenges and barriers, this is the perfect time to empower them. We will spark their creativity and expand their perception of the community at large by bringing them into contact with professionals in the entertainment industry. Their experience within the program will fuel their artistic dreams as well as create internship opportunities that will live beyond the 6 weeks of this program.
ATB will engage community partners to enhance learning opportunities for ATB’s youth participants. There will be two weekly sessions of two hours each; sessions will take place on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4pm to 6pm beginning July 22nd, 2014. The base for the program will be located in the SODO district of Seattle at the Office and Studio of Zaki•Rose Corporation, an entertainment and media company.
Every week we will assign a few of the youth to help capture and document our conversations with our guest speakers. We will provide access and guidance to cameras, lighting and sound equipment and teach the youth how to best document their creative journey. We’ll start each session reviewing what was filmed during the last week and discussing what was learned and what could be improved. Along the way we will discuss what it takes to create good content, content that is worth sharing with the greater community and the value of the content created. By the end of the program, we will have a video or series of short videos to post on a YouTube Channel that youth participants will create as a component of this program.
One weekly session (Tuesdays) will feature conversations with professionals in the entertainment and media industry such as Grammy Recording Artist Sir Mix-A-Lot; Clear Channel and KUBE 93 Program Director and On-Air Personality, Eric Powers; Filmmaker, Michael Harris; Internationally known Soul Music Recording Artist, Choklate and Michael Compton, Executive Director of the Northwest Chapter of the Grammy’s, Drummer and Founder of the Seattle Drum School, Steve Smith, Musician and Educator, Bob Lovelace, along with award winning photographers and filmmakers. These conversations will allow participants to learn about what it took for each individual to achieve their success and will enable participants to see how their lives intersect with the professionals in areas familiar and important to young people such as music, video, radio and the role technology plays in these areas.
The second weekly session will find ATB youth on a field trip to a major organizational community partner with ATB providing transportation allotments to youth participants. We will visit the offices of Clear Channel Seattle, KUBE 93 Radio; Seattle Theater Group (STG), operators of The Paramount, Moore and Neptune Theaters; The Vera Project, Seattle’s All Ages Music and Art Program; Seattle Channel Television Station; Music and Video Start-Up, Lively Studios and Post Production and Recording Studio, Clatter and Din. The goal of the field trips is two fold; to let participants know that these places are accessible to them and to create and foster community between these organizations and ATB youth participants that will create internship and work opportunities for participants.
ATB will work closely with SW Network and engage Social Media sites such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to recruit initiative participants to the program. We will actively pursue youth known to have an interest in music, video, film, radio and/or theater. We anticipate selecting 12-15 participants and will work closely with SYFS to provide transportation to and from the program base. ATB will be interesting to participants; youth will want to be in the program because the program is socially relevant and will speak the language of the youth. Participants who have committed to the program and have difficulties attending or are difficult to engage will be encouraged through ATB’s outreach efforts. ATB will use their peers, SW Network, SWYFS case workers, adult staff members and professionals to insure their continued participation.
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