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:
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.
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:
The Jeans: "McKeesport's New Dress Code: Does it Work for us?"
The Jocks: "Is Extracurricular Funding Equal?"
The Lunchables: "Are we learning to eat healthy?"
The Lone Rangers: "Inside School Security"
Team Tums: "School Lunch and Nutrition"
The Show Must go on Symphony: "Music in our Schools"
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!
Clairton City High School Presents:
Bleed Orange & Black
Clairton, PA is a small town, small community with great friendly people. We love Clairton - we are a family.
We explore three points that can make our family better: activities, safety, and funding. We want this video to get people
talking about the reputation of our town and school and come together to show our true colors.
McKeesport Area High School Presents:
The View of McKeesport's Reputation
"How do our communities' downfalls affect our school's reputation?"
Being that McKeesport has violence, it often affects how people look at our school. We want people to see our school how we do.
This will give outside viewers a look from the inside.
Who's Your Role Model?
Here in McKeesport, Pennsylvania, role models can be hard to find. Many students do not have role models, and when they do,
they sometimes choose the wrong kind.
Young men hang out in front of abandoned houses, bored and restless. We as students are very concerned about the lack of positive
role models in the media that we created this film in a search for answers.
Technology: Does it Make School Less Relevant?
Is High School still relevant today?
Students today worry that what they learn in school isn't necessary. This documentary asks the question "Does technology make school irrelevant?"
Does public school prepare students for college or the real world and exclude options for joining the workforce immediately following high school?
Steel Valley Senior High School Presents:
The Study of Success
Originally titled "Does Demography Determine Destiny?" this documentary asks, "What does success mean to you?"
The documentary took us in an unexpected direction that looks at the character of our neighborhoods, our neighbors, students and alumni.
Woodland Hills High School Presents:
Our documentary will open your eyes to the reality of the diverse and positive aspects of our school, which is shrouded by a negative reputation.
Woodland Hills students are faced with negative stereotypes and generalizations every day.
Student-Teacher Relationships: What Makes a Great Teacher?
This documentary will answer the question "What makes really good teachers at Woodland Hills?" To show our concerns about recent teacher cuts,
voiced by students, the goal is to get people to realize that WH is losing good teachers and that the students and school need to:
1) Appreciate the really good ones who are left.
2) Encourage great teaching throughout the school by showcasing talented teachers in action.