Youth Media Highlights Students' Struggles





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Published on Nov 16, 2011

Youth learning to produce documentaries released three short videos about a local school garden program.

The diverse group of students between the ages of 12 and 18 are part of the Teen Producers' Project, a ten year old program of the Media Arts Center San Diego.

Students of the TPP visited Crawford High School, where a garden tended to by students and interns is the learning space of Crawford's urban agriculture curriculum.

Media created by the students include an overview of the garden program, discussions with refugee youth about their culture and its relationship to food, and projects that the garden sustains, such as the delivery of fresh food to the cafeteria and donation of harvested crops to refugee families.

Teen Producers Project full videos:

"Garden in a Box"

"Culture and Food"

"Community Garden"


Katelyn Ancona (Student, Teen Producers Project):
We have been in the Teen Producers Project for seven weeks. For the first three weeks we were learning about how to operate the cameras and the equipment. I learned a lot about angles. I did not really know very much about them. I never knew the names or which ones were frequently used. After that we actually got into the real project, which was we had to do a pre-interview with the students from Crawford. After that we actually went to their garden and talked to them about it.

Eduardo Villalobos (Student, Teen Producers Project):
Garden in a box is a program that students from Crawford High do. It's about planting vegetables and fruits and once they are ready to go they send them out to people that are needy or they have kids under the age of five that need to start eating healthy.

Jorge Villalobos (Student, Teen Producers Project):
It puts in perspective, it makes you think about how real people are right now are struggling for food and how sometimes we take it for granted. It makes you appreciate it more.

Katelyn Ancona:
What our job was to do was we went over to the kids and we were asking about their culture and how their experience was and combining their culture with the food. We heard a lot of interesting stories from them coming over to America and how most of the kids used to have gardens in their homeland.

Jorge Villalobos:
When you watch the video you really see what people are doing. How much time they dedicate to the garden and you really see the dedication to make the community a better place and I hope when people see the video they get encouraged by it and try to do something about it too, because with everybody's help we can really make a change.

Video Production: MACSD VPS
Video Editing: Edgar Montejano

For more info about the Teen Producers' Project or to register for the class, visit:

[Disclosure: Teen Producers Project is a program of Media Arts Center San Diego, and funded by The California Endowment as part of the Speak City Heights collaborative.]


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