*Schedule may be subject to changes.
M.E.S.S. Workshop Descriptions
Podcasts and Internet radio are on the rise as effective, artful, and inexpensive way to share stories, opinions, and more. In fact, it may be the best way. Learn the skills to create professional audio pieces from the world around you. Hone your skills using microphones and digital recorders, as well as the software used to create.
Addressing Educational Inequities
TeenBloc's organizers will discuss about how they identified
educational injustice in Pittsburgh and how they begin to address some
of these inequities through their We Deserve to Be Served Campaign. The
workshop facilitators will challenge their peers to engage in social
justice work through becoming an ally of TeenBloc or seeding their own
to make an impact in the world through film!
filmmaker and Temple University student, Alexis Werner will teach you
the process of filmmaking she learned while producing her documentary,
"Our Way Home.” During the hour long presentation you will learn the
steps in coming up with an idea, interviewing skills, how to find
funding, and what to do when your project is complete. This innovative
workshop will leave you with the knowledge and resources to create a
film about a cause you are passionate about!
how to use animation to make your voice heard. Pittsburgh Filmmakers Youth
Media Teaching Artist Jayla Patton will present a variety of techniques for
making short animations using tablets and apps. Animations using drawings,
photographs, found objects and people will be screened and demonstrated in this
hands-on workshop. Free apps, strategies for creating soundtracks, and sharing
to the web will be covered.
Student-Led Change in the Civil Rights Movement
Be inspired by the students
who have led the Civil Rights movement in the United States. Every successful
social justice and civil rights movement in the United States has included
strong student voices and legal action. Learn about Barbara Johns, a high
school student who led a walk out protesting segregation in 1951, and the
students who came before her and those who follow in her footsteps.
talks: Teen Changemakers
these 10-min talks from teens, they will show you how they took control over
student issues, demonstrate leadership, or stand up for their rights. Come with
questions on how you can make your own change!
1. Teens for Change: Funding for Youth-led Social Change Projects
2. "Breaking school policy": Passive Resistance
3. Organizing TEDxYouth@HMB
4. Pittsburgh Student Activist Coalition: Mayor Peduto and Youth Policy
Literacy: Media Breaker
the news reflect your point of view? In
this session, we’ll use the LAMP’s Media Breaker to deconstruct what media is
and put our own spin on it.
real stories, real hope
the last decade, students have become more educated about the many facets of
bullying and schools have adopted anti-bullying policies and programs. However,
for those who have experienced bullying firsthand, an educational program can
never quite convey how bullying can change the thoughts, emotions, actions and
the very being of those affected. This session will give students the chance to
share their stories, both how they hurt and how they healed. They will also
engage in discussion about what they believe are the root causes of bullying in
their communities and how they can affect change in the future.
Do you feel frustrated with society’s perception of youth? Are you
tired of the negative, stereotypical images of youth that are many times
projected by the media or portrayed in the movies? While most youth are
positive, contributing members of their community, this is not what’s
always seen. In this two part workshop we will explore how you can use
your voice to combat the distorted images fueled by stereotypes,
discrimination and isms (ageism, racism, sexism, and heterosexism). We
Define the isms
Share our own experiences
Discover how other youth across the nation are using their
Develop some strategies for counteracting these ISM
and connect you to local resources (people, organizations)
to help you get your voice heard
Museum: Teen Voices on Race & Identity
Pittsburgh teens who produced media projects in poetry, film and
journalism to document youth experiences of race in Pittsburgh in
response to the exhibit "RACE: Are We So Different?" at the Carnegie
Museum of Natural History. Come check out our projects, share your story
and discuss ideas for creative media as a tool to bring teen voices to
the public and explore tough conversations in our communities.
professional filmmakers for this two-hour session to learn about documentary
filmmaking and social causes. Following
presentations on their work, the filmmakers will engage in discussions about
youth media-making and take questions in a Q&A. The panel will be moderated by Pittsburgh
Filmmakers’ Will Zavala.
Kirsi Jansa is an
independent filmmaker and broadcast journalist who has shot all over the world.
She will show an excerpt of most recent project, “Gas Rush Stories.”
Sokolow is an award-winning independent filmmaker whose work has appeared at TIME,
Huffington Post, and Boing Boing. Currently, Sokolow is directing
her first documentary feature, Aspie Seeks Love.
panel of college students will give the real scoop about transitioning to
college, what no one really tells you about financial aid, and navigating new
academic models and social groups. This
is a youth-only session, sorry!
Who is tabling at the MESS?
|TeenBloc, Homeless Children's Education Fund, Port Authority, Outreach & Teen Services, August Wilson Education Project, Jefferson Awards, Center for Victims, PCTV21, Steeltown Entertainment Project, JustHarvest, Center for Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine Center of Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh, PNC Bank, Amachi Pittsburgh, The LABS at Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, Color Me Pittsburgh|