Over the summer, Asian Media Access was honor to work with our AMA youth and Minneapolis youth through the 2012 STEP-UP Internship Program. These youth collaborated as teams and have produced a lot of art pieces using multimedia arts and performing arts. Now, it is time to share and celebrate their great works!
Granted by Minneapolis Employment and Training Program (METP), Asian Media Access (AMA) was one of the organizations to provide work experience for Minneapolis youth, ages 14-21, during this summer. AMA was also collaborated with our Youth Media Force youth and youth from Iny Asian Dance Theater as part of STEP-UP summer internship program.
Our youth leaders worked with over 150 youth, who were divided into 4 groups, worked in the AMA Multimedia Arts Complex, AMA Radio Station, and Hmong International Academy, they are – Achieve Youth, Explore Youth (performing arts), Explore Youth (video team), and Minneapolis Youth. We have also invited experts from the Twin Cities to join our youth leadership team – Ms. Michelle Tran, Community Relations Specialist from the US Attorney’s Office; Ms. Chimgee Haltarhuu, professional acrobatic teacher; and Ms. Pa Nhia Lee, Youth Coordinator. From this collaboration, we have conducted series of training: Bi-Cultural Healthy Life Style, Civil Education, Personal & Community Safety, and Social Justice, etc. Among these groups, the youth shared different responsibilities included, administration, web development, graphic design, video production, radio broadcast, and dance performance. They have conducted daily radio shows in English and different Asian languages, produced 18 Public Service Announcement (PSA) videos; over 140 PSA postcards, factsheets, poetries; performers trained for hip-pop dance, acrobatic, and traditional Asian dances, who participated in the Pan Asian Dance Festival on August 17-18. Some of these youth productions are available for viewing in our Youth in Charge website, www.youthincharge.org. And there will be more to come.
CELEBRATION: Please join us! Lead by the Summer 612 Program, an innovative Minneapolis youth violence prevention initiative, is organizing a Celebration Event in the end of summer. Produced by our summer interns, the “Anti-Bullying” video will be showcased, with many other art projects produced by the talented Minneapolis youth addressing youth violence in our community, visual art, documentary film, and live performances. This is a free public event, on September 22, Saturday, 2-5pm, at Minneapolis Central Library Pohlad Hall, 300 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, MN 55401. RSVP by September 4: http://summer612mpls.eventbrite.com
Asian Media Access: AMA is a community-based organization dedicated to using media arts, media and technology for social betterment, especially in Asian & Pacific Islander communities with high concentrations of immigrants and refugees. The mission of Asian Media Access is to “connect the disconnected”. To know more about AMA, please visit www.amamedia.org.
If you’d like more information, please call Julia Kong at 612-376-7715 or e-mail Julia at [email protected]