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Students Share Personal Stories about Election Issues

bavc_three_studentsLovina Okoronkwo, Rigo Valadez-Bigler and Alexis Hernandez are all part of a recent cohort to earn certificates in video post-production from BAVC’s Emerging Media Makers program, which supports youth ages 17-24 who face barriers to employment. Students are dealing with issues such as homelessness, involvement with the criminal justice system, parenthood, emancipation from foster care, learning English, and other challenges. The program provides training and media industry exposure through paid internships and career counseling.

KQED was fortunate to have these students produce videos to support the Letters to the Next President 2.0 initiative, specifically their  first Media Make: #WhatsMyIssue videos. Check out their powerful videos, and learn more about their experience producing the work.

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BAVC (Bay Area Video Coalition) is a media lab and tech nonprofit in San Francisco that for 40 years inspires social change by empowering media makers to develop and share diverse stories through art, education and technology. In partnership with Letters to the Next President, BAVC will offer a series of practitioner guided trainings, curriculum, and youth-generated content in video and audio formats. As an ongoing contributor to KQED’s Do Now prompts, BAVC’s Next Gen programs continue to generate and contribute to civic and social justice discourse through the lens of the next generation.

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