Open Youth Networks/Mindy Faber

This is the opening few minutes from a series i curated of youth media in 1999 called Rages and Rhymes from the Star Strangled. I was Director of Distribution for Video Machete at the time and this two hour compilation of youth media premiered at the Taos Talking Pictures Festival when dan marano was the coolest festival organizer in America.

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Open Youth Networks/Mindy Faber

Mindy Faber

Open Youth Networks is a youth outreach program of the Department of Interactive Arts and Media at Columbia College. The program works to bridge the digital participation gap by educating girls and urban youth to use emerging technologies, games and social


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Open Youth Networks is a youth outreach program of the Department of Interactive Arts and Media at Columbia College. The program works to bridge the digital participation gap by educating girls and urban youth to use emerging technologies, games and social media for civic participation, community problem-solving and critical analysis. Many works here pre-date the creation of OYN back to when i collaborated with youth as part of a Rockefeller intercultural Media Fellowship and worked at Video Machete - then Evanston Township High School.
In my youth media workshops, youth are put in charge of conceptualizing how to use participatory media as a springboard for youth leadership, communications, elf-expression and organizing around issues impacting themselves and their communities. OYN projects include:

Mi Parque - developed by an all-women team led by Pallavi Anderson from Motorola Solutions and Mindy Faber from Open Youth Networks, Mi Parque – Little Village is a bilingual participatory placemaking web and smartphone application that helps residents of Little Village ensure that their new park is maintained as a vibrant safe, open and healthy green space for the community. Mi Parque won 2nd place in the 2011 Community round of the Apps for Metro Chicago contest and the Placemaking Award sponsored by Metropolitan Planning Council and IBM!

The Fair Shot Project – Frontline dispatches from youth reporters investigating if and how their schools meet Title IX compliance fairshotproject.net

The 3G Summit - The Future of Girls, Gaming and Gender 3gcolumbia.net

The Fair Use Remix Institute – Mixing and Mashing a Way to a Freer Youth Culture remixinstitute.net

YouthLAB - Youth Listening Across Borders youthlab.net

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