“Third Annual Youth Media Forum for Social Change” honors local high school media
Story courtesy of Jen Henry
Special to Land Park News

Local talent from the area’s high schools and middle schools was in the spotlight at Access Sacramento’s “Third annual Youth Media Forum for Social Change” on May 11. The event ran live on AccessLocal.tv and was hosted by Sacramento Press.

The annual Access Sacramento event honors youth-created digital media projects from throughout the region. Teachers and students from around the world were invited to participate online. For the first time, John F. Kennedy high school joined the live “streaming” television program as a virtual studio. Middle-school students from Will C. Wood also demonstrated their “Youth Block Reports” project.

Thirteen other video projects and their young creators were featured and discussed. All youth participants received special “The Story is You – My Voice Counts” t-shirts, thanking them for their participation. More than 80 youth and mentors were in attendance and many more watched the “live” stream of the event.

Access Sacramento, UC Davis – School of Education, and The California Endowment, awarded $750 in Apple product gift cards to projects juried from the Tower of Youth Teen Digital project entries. Ron Cooper, Access Sacramento executive director, presented the “My Voice Counts” awards and t-shirts to the following winning projects:

First Place: “Texting and Driving – It Can Wait” from Christian Brothers High School students Jessica Szarek and Ryan Peadboy.

Second Place: “Think Before You Act” by Granite Bay High School students Eric Urmanita and Carson Johnson.

Granite Bay High students Carson Johnson and Eric Urmanita (left to right), receive Youth Media Forum Honors from Access Sacramento’s Ron Cooper and Sac Press Editor-in-Chief Jarod Goyette for their video “Think Before You Act”.