Closing Bell: Youth Made Media Starts Up Semester in Queens

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Youth Made Media, a program sponsored by the City Parks Foundation, just kicked off its fall semester in Queens. Youth Made Media offers young people, ages 13 to 19 from low-income communities, an opportunity to gain experience in video and audio production, media literacy and new media. They work out of the Lost Battalion Hall Recreation Center in Rego Park. This year, 30 past participants of the program were hired as peer educators. Around 430 middle school and high school students as well as 130 adults participate annually in the program, which is located in all five boroughs. Debrasue Lorenzen, the Director of Education for City Parks Foundation, expects 45 students and an additional 25 adults this year in Queens. The fall semester runs from late September through December 20th, with the spring semester running from January to early June.

Photo by the City Parks Foundation