Street-Level Youth Media 2012 Annual Report


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Street-Level Youth Media is a non-profit organization that began in 1993 with a group of artists who wanted one thing: for youth to document their stories. Today Street-Level is home to many free media arts classes for the youth of Chicago.

This is our 2012 Annual Report.

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Street-Level Youth Media 2012 Annual Report

  1. 1. We have an inclusive, safe space and embrace youth from all corners. We encourage youth to speak their minds. We affirm youth experiences and youth truth-telling. We validate youth perspective and celebrate their resiliency, honesty, and creativity. We uplift, encourage, and motivate. We elevate youth expression and voice. WHAT WE DO
  2. 2. CULTIVATING YOUTH ALUMNI MENTORS: SPOTLIGHT ON ROCIO ROMAN As an aspiring instrumentalist and songwriter, Rocio Roman was looking to learn about composing and producing music, so she signed up for a Street-Level workshop at Roberto Clemente High in 2010. She grew both technically and artistically, and with the support of the program, was exposed to advanced production techniques, various digital audio workstations, and music theory. After graduation, she expanded hermusic production skills at Street-Level to include audio engineering, recording and mixing final projects that helped her express herself. Her steady growth, maturity and artistic development made Rocio a clear choice to be one of Street-Level’s first Audio Engineering Interns, and as such she will be responsible for providing engineering services and mentorship to other Chicago youth. At the end of 2012, Rocio was accepted in the Art Institute Chicago‘s audio engineering program. REALITY, RULES, REBELLION: SAAP 2012 The 2012 theme of the Summer Arts Apprenticeship Program (SAAP) was “Reality, Rules, Rebellion” resulted in 15 individual and collaborative works that included topics such as coping with school regulations; youth-driven fashion and music subcultures; evaluations of mass media news; the lack of public participation in our perceptions of important civic issues; and how controversial cultural trends are also personal statements (such as tattoos and environmentalism). The showcase included the transformation of one of our instructional spaces into a teenager’s bedroom. It addressed two issues: fighting for educational opportunities for ill and sick youth, and how one’s own bedroom is a critical bastion for self-expression. Picture below, Deanna Robinson in the females in hip-hop exhibition space.
  3. 3. YOUTH DRIVEN PROGRAMS ARE ON THE RISE Q: How do successful youth-driven programs come about? A: Here at Street-Level, students go through programs we already have in place —in some cases ALL of the programs— and they take what they have learned and simply apply initiative to build something based on their interest. Currently, that’s Anime Club and Game Club. Anime Club came first. Q: How and when did Anime Club start? A: In 2011, student Tamairis Dixon attended Anime Central for the first time with one of our media instructors. Once we moved to our Ashland Avenue location later that year, he met more kids with an interest in anime. It started very small with maybe five or six youth. Now, on a full day there are around 17 kids. For some, it was their first interaction with Street-Level. In 2012 the official Anime Club began developing a logo, started a podcast series and began documenting conventions. Q: And this opened the door to other clubs forming? A: Over the years, students ask about Street-Level hosting different types of programs or speakers, and we look into it as time and resources allow. What’s great is when the youth take the active leadership role in making it happen. The idea for Game Club was seeded in 2012. It launched with the idea of having a Gamefest, a tournament competition for prizes. Then kids just started bringing their systems in over the wintertime to share games and hang out. In the future we expect great things, bringing in local developers or game celebrities. Q: Can you talk about the roles of the mentor and the organization in youth-driven programs or clubs? A: Primarily, it’s to give the youth freedom to discuss things that are important to them. As an instructor, I step back and allow ideas to flow, offering guidance, but letting the kids know that the decisions are ultimately theirs to make. Providing space and access to technology, and bringing in mentors or people who are established in their field to help guide or verify or share knowledge is important. And of course, a welcoming and accepting environment is key to building a community. The positive energy is what keeps people coming. an interview with Instructor James Duke
  4. 4. Prosser HS Beasley Elem Dunne Tech Academy Dvorak TechAcademy Gillespie Elem Marquette Elem Josephinum Academy Juarez HS Julian HS Vaughn HS Clemente HS YWLCS HS Francis Parker HS Nettlehorst Elem Mark Sheridan Elem SCHOOL PARTICIPANTS Integrated Classroom Media Arts Projects After-School Digital Arts Programs Field Trips to Street-Level Studios Multimedia Arts and Journalism Classes
  5. 5. $100,000+ McCormick Tribune Foundaton Prince Charitable Trust $50,000-$99,999 Chicago Community Trust $25,000-$49,999 Boeing Corporation Polk Bros. Foundation $10,000-$24,999 Adobe Foundation Alphawood Foundation (WPWR Channel 50) Field Foundation of Illinois Mozilla Foundation $1,000-$9,999 Best Buy Children's Foundation Department of Cultural Affairs Deutsche Bank Eilts & Associates, Inc. Ethics & Excellence in Journalism Farther Foundation MacArthur Foundation NAMM Foundation Speh Foundation Topfer Family Foundation Wicker Park Bucktown Chamber of Commerce Up to $999 Dennis Evchich Agency Gap Giving Campaign Kraft Foods Foundation Make It Last National Priorities Project TIAA-CREF US Road Sports & Entertainment of Chicago FOUNDATION, CORPORATE, GOVERNMENT, & COMMUNITY SUPPORTERS STREET-LEVEL IS GRATEFUL FOR OUR MANY SUPPORTERS, WITHOUT WHOM NONE OF THIS WOULD BE POSSIBLE
  6. 6. Our current mission statement reads "Street-Level Youth Media educates Chicago's urban youth in the media arts and emerging technologies for self-expression, communication, and social change”. We do this so young people have the confidence and skills to imagine better futures for themselves, and create the world they want to live in. Street-Level embraces all youth. We want all youth to reach their fullest potential. Regardless of where they come from and where they start, we meet them where they're at. Youth often say Street-Level is like a home to them, and they genuinely feel cared for by the adults here, accepted by their peers. In our programs and center, this sense of physical, social, and WHY WE DO IT a letter by Executive Director Manwah Lee psychological safety creates an environment where youth can freely express themselves, develop their voice and identities, and form healthy relationships with other peers and adults. We encourage youth to explore their interests, take creative risks, learn new things, and learn to learn--perhaps the most important skill we can give them. Sometimes they get to experience new things like plane rides and trips to DC, but in this highly segregated city, it's equally eye-opening for many to just come across town, visit downtown museums through our programs, and make connections to people outside of their neighborhoods. This is also connected to how we build community with youth, cultivate their sense of belonging and their civic identities. When they feel they are part of something, they want to contribute to it. We see this for example when youth become peer mentors, or take the initiative to launch their own club at Street-Level. And I've been so thrilled over the years when different youth have expressed to me that they want to work at Street-Level. Finally, media and technology are integral to everyday life. This will only become more so in the future. So, what chance will youth who do not have access to technology resources have? And even when they do have this access, do we want them to only use it as an entertainment pastime? At Street-Level, we show them much more. They learn to use various media software and equipment to produce original videos, music tracks, graphic design, or photography work, picking up lots of tech-saavy and practical skills that will be transferrable to different jobs and related career tracks. But, they're also learning in process how to use media, art, and technology to develop their voice, produce content that reflects their perspectives and interests. By sharing their message with others, they are influencing people and the world around them. Juli Bark Marketing Consultant Eddie Clopton Exelon Meg Comer Deutsche Bank Will Fletcher City of Chicago, Inspector General‘s Office Shawn Healy, McCormick Foundation Andrew Hixon, Preformance Trust Capital Partners Tim Irwin, Winstrust Commercial Bank Russell Lewis, Chicago History Museum 2012 BOARD 2012 STAFF Manwah Lee, Executive Director Marc Furigay, Director of Education Jill Puleo, Administrative Manager Maria Krasinski, Development Manager Aasia Mohammad, Outreach Coordinator Christopher Lee, Media Instructor James Duke, Media Instructor
  7. 7. $1,000+ Chris Carney Will Fletcher Courtney Gray Shawn Healy Andrew Hixson Timothy Irwin Russell Lewis Brian Spekis $500-$999 Juli Bark Eddie Clopton Meg Comer Cynthia Dickens Robert Johnson $100-$499 Clark Bell Michael Deitch Arthur Duffy Sharon Edward Jeena Greenwalt Amanda Gutierrez Carrie Hixson Paul Jaimes Paul Johnson Laura Michael Michael Moran David Nieman Melissa Oglesby Art Pastiche Marc Pomerance Lori Rimac Carlos Rosa Carolina Sanchez Chiraq ShaAh Laura Sminkey Connie Vari Shelly Ziacik up to $99 Jose Alfonso Dave Anderson Aaron Arreguin Michael & Susan Baseheart Marie L. Battaglia Josh Bednarz Janice Belzowski Samantha Budd William Buford Jen Cadigen Charles Carpenter Mk Carrol Eda Chao Joe Chybowski John Cipolla Micheal S. Clark Chris Cobb Cristina Correa Luciana Crovato Esmie Cuevas Juan Cuevas Nathalie Cuevas-Rosa Charlotte Dadabay Joe DiBernardo Jennifer Brandel Kyle Fletcher Meg Geldman Lauren Gill Sarah Gray Warlie Greiner Judy Guardia Tiffany Hinton Cathy Henderson Wayne Ho Jared Hopkins William Irizarry Arlene Jamo Anthony Janas Monica Jaso Laura Johnson Patricia Jurek Sandee Kastrul Mary Kelly Johanna Laigo Beth Larocca Paul Thomas Lewis Jack Lohan Barbara Maes Patrick Maes Sarah Magana Laura Magand Gary Manalus Frank Marasignan Ed & Dawn Marges Edwin Mora Deliah Moreno Lori Mula Jennifer Murayama Nancy Nevarez Nilmari Jonathon Norman Michael Offergeld Carolyn Oliver Gigi Ortiz Michael Paulucci April Peck Fran Pomerance William Pope Guillermo Raya Lynn Reloza Maria Rosa Maraliz Salgado Vanessa Sanchez Jen Schrover Andrea Serrano Peter Shiner Ellen Siirola Janet Siirola Karen Siirola Nancy Siirola Carly Siuta Nicole Sneltan Christine Szewczyk Dave Tanner Andea Tempkin Kathy Tooch Frank Valadez Kate Walsh Helen Woghin Cynthia Wong Jeremiah Worth INDIVIDUAL CONTRIBUTIONS
  8. 8. Cash and cash equivalents _____$374,935 Fixed assets ________________ $499,554 Security deposit ______________ $13,150 Total Assets: $887,639 Long-term debt______________ $130,090 Security deposit _______________ $13,150 Total Liabilities: $143,240 Unrestricted ________________ $433,797 Temporarily restricted ________ $596,813 Total Net Assets: $1,030,610 Total Liabilities & Net Assets: $1,173,850 FINANCIALS