In partnership with the Pasadena Unified School District, the Pasadena Educational Foundation and Stars, Pasadena Media has been awarded $15,000 for the Pasadena Youth Voices Podcast (PYVP) project.
The funds were awarded by the California Humanities as part of the California Documentary Project (CDP) NextGen Grant.
“We are grateful to have the opportunity to work with our partners on this exceptional project,” said George Falardeau, executive director and CEO of Pasadena Media.
The CDP is a competitive grant program of California Humanities. CDP grants are awarded to support film, audio, and interactive media projects that add a new layer to a complex and growing portrait of California.
Since 2003, California Humanities has awarded more than $5 million in research and development, production, and public engagement grant awards to media makers who go deep and reach broadly to capture California in all its complexity.
“The future of our community is in the hands of these young people and we cannot wait to help them engage in compelling conversations about their experiences and ideas,” said Chris Miller, PYVP project director and chief operating officer of Pasadena Media.
The PYVP project will engage predominantly low-income, urban, Latinx, and Black high school youth over the 2021-22 school year in developing a series of podcasts on local issues that are important to their lives.
The project will provide them with a platform, the skills, and the access to technology to elevate their voices and share their insights, perspectives, and proposals for improving their lives as members of this community.
“The projects we are supporting through this year’s California Documentary Project grants represent the richness and range of our state and its people,” said Julie Fry, president and CEO of California Humanities.
“We had such a large number of excellent proposals submitted and are pleased to be able to offer support to deserving projects such as the Pasadena Youth Voices Podcast that offer relevant, powerful, meaningful ways to connect and help us better understand the human condition,” Fry said.
California Humanities, a nonprofit partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities, promotes the humanities — focused on ideas, conversation and learning — as relevant, meaningful ways to understand the human condition and connect people to each other in order to help strengthen California.
California Humanities has provided grants and programs across the state since 1975.
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