A social advocacy media production program
- About 101
What is Hear Me 101?
Hear Me 101 is a series of hands-on workshops that develops writing, technical, communication and media literacy skills in youth. Hear Me 101 is a year-long program based in schools, piloted in 2011-2012. Students create short documentaries from concept to final cut.
The goal is to guide students to professionally express their thoughts and opinions on their communities and their education and to bring valuable youth voices to education and community decision makers. The in and out of school workshops focus on topics from Media Literacy to Video Production and Project Screenings.
Hear Me 101 is programmed by a group of professional organizations dedicated to producing and promoting youth voice to inspire social change:
What makes Hear Me 101 special?
Hear Me 101 serves as a vehicle for students to explore their surroundings, provides a safe space to ask questions, and gives students a legitimate forum for sharing the answers they find.
Hear Me 101 allows students to explore topics relevant to their lives that typically fall outside of the scope of topics covered in school curriculum. Participants identify an issue they would like to explore and work with a team to develop and produce a short documentary. Students have the opportunity to learn about their school and communities and meet with adults who help students dig deeper into their topics.
Download the Hear Me 101 Workbook.
Hear Me 101 has launched its 3rd year with McKeesport Area Technology Center, Steel Valley Sr. High School, Clairton High School, and F.U.S.E. (Wilkinsburg.) Students are learning the technical skills necessary to produce a short documentary and identifying issues that are critical to student achievement. 101 students will identify interview subjects, events and produce footage to explore their critical questions about their education and communities.
Films are anticipated to be completed by May 15th, 2014 and debuted at an open screening.
In its 2nd year, Hear Me 101 partnered with 4 groups in the Southwestern Pennsylvania region: Clairton City High School, McKeesport Area Technology Center at McKeesport High School, Steel Valley Senior High School, and F.U.S.E. (Wilkinsburg). The students produced 11 films on topics that they self-selected and felt that their voices had been excluded:
Their films debuted on Tue May 21st at Pittsburgh Filmmakers Melwood Theatre.
Hear Me 101 was piloted with 4 schools in the Southwestern Pennsylvania region: Clairton City High School, McKeesport Area High School, Steel Valley Senior High School, and Woodland Hills High School.
We thank the administration and boards for piloting this project with us.
Please watch their films!