Color Outside the Lines Video Contest Winners
by Jorge Rivas, Research Associate
This past November, four youth-serving organizations in the Twin Cities won mini-grants in the third annual Youthprise video contest. As a follow up to the Youth Diverse Union summer program, youth from Asian Media Access, Voyageur Outward Bound, Boys and Girls Club and Intermedia Arts submitted videos created by young people from their programs. Held at the Sabbathani Community Center in south Minneapolis, attendees braved near-zero weather and ice covered roads to commune together with partners, friends and take in performances from drummers, dancers, and spoken word artists Keno Evol and Julia Sewell.
The Youth Diverse Union, or YDU, is the product of a summer program initiated by Youthprise in partnership with The Minneapolis Foundation. The program began as an effort to train young people in community organizing on education reform. Participants are using their new-found skills to impact a wide range of issues and concerns in their schools and communities.
In the program planning, leaders understood that a key element of education reform was cultural competency, and thus would be a necessary element of the 8-week curriculum. Project leaders identified four culturally diverse community organizations to provide their expertise and mentor youth participants: Migizi, Legacy Keepers, El Colegio and Asian Media Access. Together, youth from these organizations gathered over the summer to highlight the issues that were most important to them and their peers. The identified the need for culturally specific curricula and increased school support for students of color. These issues became the basis for the video contest and served as the theme for video submissions.
In addition to announcing the winners, participants were treated to a smorgasbord of healthy snacks, courtesy of Brotherhood Inc., and the musical stylings of feminist DJ duo FLNNL // FLNNL. The event started with a bang as We Win Institute introduced the participants with an invigorating African drum performance. Youthprise representatives Libby Rau and Jorge Rivas explained the background and results of the project and Asian Media Access took the stage to provide background on their work and involvement with the project.
The event capped with the announcement of the winners and the presentation of the grant awards. As a bonus, two lucky winners were also surprised with an entire box of cookies from Northside bakery Cookie Cart, a tremendous haul indeed.
And without further ado, here are the contest winners: