Youth-produced web series debuts at October 22 public screening.
Chicago, IL: Chicago-based organization, Nerdy Media, will host a youth-led screening and reception to launch its #SafeandPeacfulChi web series on October 22 at the Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts in Hyde Park, 915 E. 60th Street. The screening will be held from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m.
With funding from the Chicago Fund for Safe and Peaceful Communities, Nerdy Media invites local organizations, stakeholders, family, and friends, to an event that explores what happens when Chicagoans work together for safe and peaceful communities.
During the summer of 2017, the Chicago Fund for Safe and Peaceful Communities awarded grants to 121 community-based organizations to develop activities that would build community cohesion and promote safety and peace in 17 Chicago neighborhoods. Nerdy Media was among five local youth media organizations selected to document the work of the grant recipients.
The result is #SafeandPeacfulChi, a six-part youth-produced web series intended to share the stories that are often untold by traditional media.
The October 22 screening will lead to a brief discussion about the project. A reception will close the event inviting guest to enjoy small bites catered by Signature Taste by Jelian and live music provided by youth-led jazz band featuring saxophonist Isaiah Collier and drummer Jeremiah Collier.
Nerdy Media’s first event aims to position Chicago’s youth as leaders for community engagement. Executive Director, La Toia Brown adapted the project into job readiness programming designed to strengthen 21st Century skills and develop real-world experience. Youth were introduced to advanced video production equipment, storytelling structure, content marketing, and event planning.
#SafeandPeacfulChi is a thoughtful web series illustrating the impact of community engagement; the screening further promotes the mission of the Partnership for Safe and Peaceful Communities, a coalition of more than 30 Chicago funders and foundations committed to aligning their funding to support proven and promising urgent responses to reducing violence in the next two to three years.
Nerdy Media is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that designs job readiness programming that empowers Chicago’s disconnected youth with the know-how to not only take advantage of opportunity, but create it for themselves.