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A partnership with Adobe Youth Voices, PBS and POV to mentor today's best young documentary filmmakers.

The Track

Oakland Youth In Crisis: Young girls on Oakland's street corners: Are they prostitutes or victims?

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Filmmaker

Damari Lawrence, Lal Thapa and Jyoti Gurung (Oakland, Calif.)

Find out more about Damari Lawrence, Lal Thapa, Jyoti Gurung and the making of The Track.

Mentor

Jennifer Maytorena Taylor

POV Film - New Muslim Cool

Jennifer Maytorena Taylor's works explore the connection between the personal and the socio-political, and frequently feature Latino themes and Spanish-language content. Her documentary credits include the award-winning New Muslim Cool (director/producer), which opened the 2009 season of POV; and "Special Circumstances" (co-director/co-producer), broadcast nationally on PBS' Voces.

Her other credits include "Paulina," which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and was broadcast on the Sundance Channel; "Home Front," which won an Emmy Award; "Immigration Calculations"; "Ramadan Primetime" and other feature documentaries, short films and public television segments.

Taylor just completed work as an Annenberg Fellow in the specialized journalism master's program at the University of Southern California's Annenberg School for Communications and Journalism. She will spend another year working as a Research Fellow at Annenberg while making "On the Block," a collaboratively researched and produced multiplatform documentary project about mass incarceration.

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Local Partner

Media Enterprise Alliance (MEA)


Media Enterprise Alliance (MEA) provides high school students in the Oakland Unified School District (OUSD) with the opportunity to study media arts with a focus on video production. Through a curriculum that reflects state and district arts education standards, students acquire artistic and technical skills that give them a voice to effect social change within their community, while developing tools to satisfy the necessary requirements for college admission and successful job placement.

MEA strengthens communities, retains youth in high school through graduation, enhances the arts and cultural experience for students, and prepares underserved youth for higher education. While producing informational films for non-profits and features for a television news magazine, students are exposed first-hand to community problems and become an active part of the solutions.

MEA is a true alliance of organizations in the East Bay. The keystone of the alliance is a consortium of high schools within the Oakland Unified School District, and a partnership with OUSD's public-access television station, KDOL. Also in the alliance, providing mentorship to MEA program students, are faculty members and students from the Center for Young Entrepreneurs at Haas (YEAH) program at the Haas School of Business, and the UC-Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism.

About Jeff Key (Executive Director): Founder and Executive Director Jeff Key coordinates all aspects of the Media Enterprise Alliance program including school partnerships and accreditation, managing the staff and curriculum, establishing and maintaining internships and university/corporate partnerships, and acquiring and maintaining funding for the program. Jeff graduated from UC Berkeley with degrees in Communications and Public Policy, Fine Arts, and Education. He received his MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute in 1972. From 1974-2010 he taught Media and Fine Arts at the Head-Royce School in Oakland, California, where he served as chairman of the Fine Arts Department from 2005-2010. In 2003 Jeff helped establish the Head-Royce Summer Art and Technology Institute in conjunction with the Heads-Up program, a partnership with the Oakland public schools. The program offers classes in academics and the arts and technology on a full scholarship basis to motivated middle school students in the OUSD. Jeff has also worked with Rebuilding Together Oakland for the past 20 years renovating community centers and homes of low income, elderly people, and for the East Bay Community Foundation on projects serving the arts and community organizations.

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