BARS: STORIES OF THE SYSTEM, A YOUTH PERSPECTIVE

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SHARE YOUR STORY!

Help change the discussion around juvenile justice. What is your experience? What do you wish was different? What do you want to see changed? What matters to YOU?

FREE Digital Storytelling Workshop for youth who have been involved with the juvenile justice system. Experience with video or media production is NOT NEEDED to participate.

Tell us your story. We will listen.  

Create a video about your experience dealing with:

  • a time when you felt challenged at home, in school, in the neighborhood, in detention.a moment when you were afraid, and
  • a moment when you found courage
  • a moment when you discovered something positive and unique about yourself
  • a moment when judgement, bias, or other obstacles, kept you from getting the support you needed
  • a time when you felt especially supported
  • a moment when you were able to find a good solution to something you were facing

*Participation to open to everyone, but space is limited and you must apply to be selected to participate. We especially encourage minority youth to apply. 

 

In order to participate in the workshop you must:

Be 15–24 years old

Have had contact with the juvenile justice system (detained or incarcerated), he courts, or a diversion program, or have a friend or family member whose contact with the juvenile justice system had a big impact on you

Have written permission to attend from your parents or guardian (if you are under 18).

Be able to  fully participate in the digital storytelling workshop and other project events

Be willing to share your story publicly in the Town Hall Remix: #OurLives Matter “World Premiere” of the digital stories, in other BARS storytelling sessions, and on radio and social media. 

BENEFIT:

If you are selected to participate in the BARS: Stories of the System project you will have the chance to create a digital story and learn valuable media skills; build relationships with the other workshop participants; help change the conversation about juvenile justice by sharing your story publicly. Participants will receive a $100 gift card for their participation.

 

What:

Fenix Youth Project, Inc. is collaborating with StoryCenter on a multimedia storytelling and humanities project: BARS: Stories of the System, From A Youth Perspective. Through digital storytelling, a public screening and forum, and radio programming the BARS project will bring the voices and lived experiences of local young people who have had contact with the juvenile justice system to the Wicomico County and Salisbury community and other Maryland areas

The Digital Storytelling Workshop. This FREE workshop will give you an opportunity to share your experience with being detained or incarcerated, or what it was like for you after you were released. In the workshop, you will learn to make a video: First, you will share your story verbally with other storytellers in a group “Story Circle”; then write a script for your story and record your story into a microphone; and finally you will use computers to edit your story into a short video. Experience with video or media production is NOT required. You will have the support of expert facilitators throughout the workshop.

Here is an example of the kind of story you will be making in this project. This is a story that was made as part of the Healing Hurt People project in Philadelphia. Unspoken Code by Shardaee.

The Town Hall Remix: #OurLivesMatter. Your video will be shown in a public “World Premiere” screening where you will be able to talk more about your experiences and help raise awareness about some of the issues you’ve faced. You will help plan the “Director’s Cut” commentary for the Remix: #OurLivesMatter with the project’s Humanities Scholars

 Interviews: You will also have the opportunity to be interviewed and have your story appear on the radio, local news, and social media. Participation in interviews is optional. 

When:

Thursday, February 15, 4:00 - 8:00 pm  (dinner provided)

Friday, February 16, 4:00 - 8:00 pm  (dinner provided)

Saturday, February 17, 1:00 - 4:30 pm (snacks provided)

Sunday, February 18, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm (lunch provided)

Monday, February 19, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm (lunch provided) – school holiday

Wicomico Public Library, Downtown, 122 S Division St, Salisbury, MD 21801

This is a hands-on participatory workshop that requires FULL participation in each session.

Why:

To make sure your experiences are heard. To educate people about what concerns you, and the changes you would like to see. To reduce the negative views that are held about formerly incarcerated youth. To build understanding.

For More Information or to Apply:

Please contact Amber Green, Fenix Youth Project:  ambergreen@fenixyouthproject.org  or  410-603-6284

                           This is a Maryland Humanities funded project.

                          This is a Maryland Humanities funded project.