The Youth Opportunity Union (YOU) and Marist College have announced a new partnership with Spectrum News to train 30 local high school students as video-journalists at no cost to the students. The 5-day Intensive Video-journalism Workshop will be held Monday to Friday, August 22-26, in the Newton Community Room at Christ Episcopal Church in the City of Poughkeepsie at 20 Carroll st Poughkeepsie NY 12601. The workshop is being funded by Spectrum News and coordinated by Marist College’s Liberty Partnership Program. Participants will be trained to report, shoot, edit and produce their own work — all on their own smartphones. Students interested in video-journalism, storytelling, and/or television production and media arts are encouraged to submit an application.
The workshop has space for 30 students. Any Dutchess County student who will be enrolled in high school for the 2022-2023 academic year is eligible to apply.
Details and application are available online here: LINK.
The workshop is FREE and a free lunch will be provided daily.
The deadline for applications is Monday, August 15, 5:00pm. Acceptance notifications will be E-mailed by Wednesday, August 17, 5:00pm
Note: Students will be trained to use their own smartphone or tablets for filming. Each student will need to bring a smartphone or tablet with the following capabilities:
-5 GB of free space for filming
After completing the program, any interested students will be invited to work with the YOU and its partners, including Marist College, to use their new video skills to contribute stories and videos that reflect the voices, identities and priorities of Dutchess County’s youth. These stories and videos will be featured on the YOU website and future social media presences — and help shape the project’s identity and development.
About The Instructors
Instructors from the pioneering media training team, Rosenblum TV, will train students to use nothing more than their own smartphones to produce compelling storytelling. As world leaders in video training and visual storytelling, Rosenblum TV has used this methodology to build out Spectrum News’ own national news network. Additional clients include The New York Times, the United Nations, BBC, and Travel Channel.
About The YOU
The Youth Opportunity Union (YOU) will be a new, state-of-the art youth center at the former Dutchess YMCA site in the City of Poughkeepsie. The three-acre property has been vacant since the YMCA’s closing in 2009. In 2020, Dutchess County and the City of Poughkeepsie formally partnered to create a new center at this location to serve youth countywide. Dutchess County’s $25 million investment will support demolition, design, and construction of the YOU campus.
The City, County, and community partners are working together to secure additional funding in support of the project. The project is being supported by a coalition of local community organizations, civic entities, and education and healthcare leaders who are committed to creating a model community center focused on supporting and empowering our local youth who have missed the presence of a center in Poughkeepsie for years.
For additional information, visit: www.the-you.org