Lights, Camera, Impact!
Lights, Camera, Impact!
For many local youth, job skills are highly desired and sought after. However, many hit a wall after going through job training programs and classes: how to get a job in this economy with no experience? The Youth Empowerment Studios (YES) helps youth break through this wall by providing on-the-job training while employing them at a professional media production studio.
CMC operates a variety of in-school, after-school, and summer programs that prepare students to succeed academically, have meaningful relationships, and make a positive impact in their communities. Our curriculum utilizes a youth development framework consistent with the Search Institute’s 40 Developmental Assets, and meets at least 60 California Educational Standards. Our flagship program, California Voices, trains students to produce videos highlighting local or cultural history, and videos identifying community and school wide issues to devise solutions.
Other programs provide services for youth that include tutoring, leadership development, cultural activities, mentoring, media skill building, and technology exploration.
The Fresno Youth Council for Sustainable Communities (FYCSC) is a partnership through CMC and California Endowment.
Our goal is to create positive changes throughout Fresno, to transform our community and ensure youth are not left out of important decisions that will help transform our communities into thriving, healthy places that preserve the environment and provide economic opportunities for all. Council member will engage in community/statewide campaigns to create change on a local and statewide level.
Grants Advisory Board for Youth (GABY) is partnership of CMC, Sacramento Region Community Foundation, Center for Fathers and Families, and the Sierra Health Foundation. GABY supports youth to develop their knowledge and skills in philanthropy, skills for serving their community, and resources for implementing youth-led projects.
The Hmong Voices project started as a result of a tragic series of Hmong teen suicides in Fresno between 1998 and 2001. When Hmong leaders gathered together to discuss the teen suicide epidemic, they concluded that their youth were suffering from a dangerous disconnect. They were trapped somewhere between the American and Hmong cultures, not able to negotiate an identity, never quite fitting in to either category and struggling for acceptance with both groups. Both the Hmong youth and the general community needed a better understanding of who the Hmong really are.
In response to this need, CMC developed the Hmong Voices Project in 2004, which has brought together Hmong youth and elders to record over 100 oral histories and create digital stories documenting the history of the Secret War in Laos, the Thai refugee camps, immigration to the Central Valley, and integration into American life.
The Veterans Voices project preserves the memories of veterans through oral history interviews and the production of short “digital stories.” The project has preserved the memories of more than 200 Central Valley Veterans by conducting oral history interviews at the Clovis Veterans Memorial District and the VA hospital. Copies are sent to the veteran-interviewee to share with their family, as well as to the Library of Congress through the Veterans History Project, where the stories are preserved for future generations.
Each year a cadre of veterans are asked to take part in expanding their story, using photos, video, and their voice to produce mini-documentaries with the help of youth and adult volunteers. We showcase these stories in Fresno at our annual Tribute to Service event, a free of charge community event that honors our local veterans during Veterans Day.
Native Voices engages youth in expressing their public voice and preserving the legacies of their communities and culture.
Through Native Voices, youth participants: preserve Native culture, beliefs, and values; work in intergenerational teams with elders to learn new methods for cultural documentation; gain valuable leadership skills; and utilize current digital media tools to increase access to and sharing of cultural customs and beliefs.