MN VIDEOS | Sisterhood of the Traveling Scarf grand opening by Minneapolis teens

Sisterhood of the Traveling Scarf was created and is run through the Brian Coyle Center by East African women between the ages of 14 and 23 who reside in the Cedar-Riverside neighborhood of Minneapolis.GRAND OPENING: Friday, February 28, 4-6:30 p.m. at African Development Center, 1931 South 5th Street, Minneapolis, MNThe planning process began more than a year ago when they girls decided that they wanted to build something positive in the neighborhood for other girls. The focus of this social enterprise on personal and professional development, women and youth empowerment, and business skills from customer service to event planning and more taught the girls skills they can use in the future. While the colorful variety of scarves, dresses, blouses, jackets, and accessories in various styles and sizes are meant to provide worthwhile affordable clothing options for the students and others in the neighborhood.The teenagers worked with Brian Coyle and Pillsbury United Communities staff as well as Mary True Laurel, Director of Community Engagement from Augsburg College, to develop their business plan. At every step of the way they were mentored by professionals in the field like Stella Richardson, co-founder of Express Yourself Second Hand Boutique, and supported by Augsburg MBAs and graphic design students.“We’re proud, and we believe in our work more than ever,” says Boutique worker Khadra Fiqi as the opening comes closer. “And we believe that it’s going to succeed.”  Nikreet Adam explains that this is one way that she and her fellow teenagers in the Cedar-Riverside area can “make our community more helpful to others.” Continue Reading

MN VIDEOS | Three American Indian students: Getting a jump start on college through dual credit classes

Three high schools students in St. Paul and Minneapolis describe the “jump start” they are getting through College in the Schools and PSEO classes. Post Secondary Enrollment Options — PSEO — offers high school students the opportunity to take college courses. (Videos below.)These videos were completed by Minneapolis American Indian high school students, working in cooperation with Miigizi Communications. The videos were produced with support from the Minnesota Department of Education via a subcontract with the Center for School Change. Continue Reading

MN Videos | Why I love the “village” of Linden Hills

As a media arts freshman student at Southwest High School in Minneapolis — when I learned that RE/MAX had a film festival inviting people to submit 3-minute videos about what they loved about their community — I decided to capture my school in Linden Hills as both the new and old place I call home.

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MN VIDEOS | Jump Start

Jump Start Public Service Music Video was created by students at the High School for Recording Arts by their Visual Inclusion Program to encourage and inform other high school students about the opportunities for them to participate in dual credit programs such as PSEO, CIS, AP and IB classes while in high school.

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MN VIDEOS | College won’t have to wait

Success Public Service Music Video was created by students at the High School for Recording Arts by their Visual Inclusion Program to encourage and inform other high school students about the opportunities for them to participate in dual credit programs such as PSEO, CIS, AP and IB classes while in high school.

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MN VIDEOS | New Wilderness Project youth leadership – social dominance to social justice

Organizational and structural racism, white privilege, stereotype, ethnicity and cultural differences are issues faced in every school district, community and state across the country. My goal is to address these issues at the local level.Read media partner Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder’s story about this documentary series, In “Student Voices – The New Wilderness,” 100 diverse local youth discuss racism, bullying, their educational experiences.Young people are often the missing voice in systemic change efforts in public schools. If closing the achievement gap is about serving young people better, I believe hearing from them is integral to the process.I saw a need for change in Anoka-Hennepin, a community struggling with political polarization regarding race and sexual orientation, across a socio-economic spectrum. We needed to grow student leaders who would be change agents and help create safe and respectful learning environments.I produced a five-part documentary series, “Student Voices – The New Wilderness”. These films are a reflection of the courageous, deeply moving and soul shifting journey students went on for equity and social justice. Continue Reading

MN VIDEOS | Nowhere to go

This is a short documentary that I shot for my electronic field production class in the winter of 2012. It tells the story of an emergency homeless winter shelter operating in North Minneapolis, and how it benefits the local community.

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