excel! – Extra Curricular Electronic Learning

excel! Youth Media Program was established in 2004 and was very successful in opening up opportunities for at risk and underserved children to work creatively and freely with video cameras and computer imaging programs. The youth work with visiting artists, mentors in the community, students, and alumni from Youngstown State University. The leaders of the workshops teach creative and critical thinking skills while developing a strong sense of community. The youth involved in the workshops learn how to operate camcorders, digital cameras and computer programs to conceptualize and create their own projects.

excel! Youth Media Projects
Savonnah Hill
The Truth About STD’s in our Community, 2004

Sterling Vaught
Interview by Pastor Jenkins, 2004

Savonnah Hill
What do you know about HIV/STD Testing, 5:10, 12-01-2004

Elmer Gonzalez
It’s About Me, 2004

Desiree Fitzgerald, Savonnah Hill and Tamara Perdue
Bullying, 2005

Desiree Fitzgerald and Sterling Vaught-camera and edit,
Desiree Fitzgerald-music, Bryn Zellers-edit supervisor
Antonine Sisters Adult Daycare, 4:17, 10-25-2006

Desiree Fitzgerald and Savonnah Hill
2005 Summer at the McDonough Museum, 3:24, 04-12-2006

Desiree Fitzgerald and Sterling Vaught
Casa Madre: What you don’t know, 2:43, 05-17-2006

Tamara Perdue and Jasmine Jennings
Juvenile Diabetes, 6:10, 07-07-2006

Savonnah Hill
Silent Tears, 2:23, 07-07-2006

Jasmine Jennings
My Love for Basketball, 1:34, 08-30-2006

Desiree Fitzgerald
What PSI is all About, 3:49, 06-18-2007

During the Summer Festival of the Arts 2004, 2005 and 2006 the Museum hosted a youth media film festival featuring short video pieces by local youth who have been participating in the Youth Media Program at the McDonough Museum. Bryn Zellers, a graduate of the Department of Art at YSU, has been mentoring the youth in video production and concept development.

The William Swanston Foundation sponsored the REA+CH Residency Program, promoting art and community collaborations and the Youth Media Program 2003 – 2007.