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INTERNATIONAL YOUTH MEDIA SUMMIT seven voices in time
IT IS NOT BECAUSE THINGS ARE DIFFICULT THAT WE DO NOT DARE IT IS BECAUSE WE DO NOT DARE THAT THINGS ARE DIFFICULT


Youth is one of the most important chapters in a life

Los Angeles 2006 Summit:

Countries Represented

Afghanistan
America
Armenia
Australia
Azerbaijan
Belize
Bolivia
Egypt
Georgia  
Germany
India
Indonesia
Israel 
Italy
Japan 
New Zealand
No. Ireland
Scotland
Serbia
Sierra Leone
So. Africa
Spain
Sweden
Thailand
UK
Ukraine
Special Delegation

Summit Participants

COUNTRY DELEGATIONS: A teen filmmaker, a teen diplomat and an adult advisor represent each of the 26 countries.  There is an additional delegation, which represents those overcoming additional challenges.   

T.I.M.E. DOCUMENTARY CREW: There are three delegations, comprised of two teens and an adult, who will videotape the events of the Summit. 

MEDIA/EDUCATION EXPERTS:  Many of the advisors have extensive backgrounds in diplomacy, international collaborative projects, media literacy and social change. 

EXPERTS ON THE ISSUES:  Leaders from non-profits and other organizations will meet with the students to discuss problems and possible solutions.  Students will visit their work sites, watch them in action and videotape interviews.  They will help the students formulate their resolutions. 

MEDIA PROFESSIONALS: Volunteers from the film and television industries will mentor the young filmmakers and guide them as they create public service announcements to encourage teen involvement.

CELEBRITIES:  Volunteerscommitted to change in the seven areas of concern will work with the delegates, either appearing in public service announcements (PSAs), holding press conferences to bring attention to V7 or meeting with the students to discuss the issues.

Summit Activities

  • For three days, students will separate into issue groups and visit organizations working to find solutions and implement change.   
  • On the fourth day, students will prepare for their final project: filmmakers will write their PSA scripts, diplomats will vote on their resolutions. 
  • On the fifth day the filmmakers will produce their PSAs, and the diplomats will finalize their resolutions. 
  • In addition to the work, the delegates will also play.  They will have time to get to know each other in recreational activities and games; visits to movie studios, shopping malls and amusement parks. 
  • They will share their films and stories from their countries.  They will become a family, celebrating their differences, marveling at their similarities. 

The sponsors of the Summit include The Audrey & Sydney Irmas Foundation and Health Net.  It is presented by Listen Up!, the international teen media network, and Learning for Life, Exploring Post 224. 

We would add to this the other organizers: CineWest (Australia); Media Education Center (Serbia);  the Scottish Org; and the Swedish Org. 

ORGANIZER

The Teen International Media Exchange (T.I.M.E.)

T.I.M.E.’s mission is to harness the energy of teenagers and the unique power of the media to help create a peaceful, cooperative world community.  The core of the program is collaborative international media projects between U.S. and foreign students. 

In 2003, T.I.M.E. at Cleveland High completed an exchange project with Kay Won High School in Seoul, South Korea.  Cleveland students spent three weeks in Seoul in production on their film, and hosted the Korean students for two weeks in the U.S.  Reel Encounters, the documentary that follows their adventures, premiered at California State University at Northridge in April of 2005.  In August of 2005, T.I.M.E. completed another in-person exchange with students from Youth For the Future in Belize.  In preparation for the Belize trip, Cleveland students were trained in SCUBA diving by Zen Diver, a non profit, and treated to an exploration of the Belizean environment under the water once they arrived in the Central American country.  The exchange resulted in three video projects: a narrative, a documentary and a promo for Zen Diver.

T.I.M.E. students have organized and hosted the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service and Learning (Jan.’05), and the two-day Culturathon: A Celebration of Central American Culture at Cal State University at Northridge (April, ’05). 

T.I.M.E. began its international adventures with an “internet only” exchange project with Screen School in Scotland in 1992. T.I.M.E has since completed two additional video projects with Screen School.  Three Cleveland representatives attended the Screen School awards presentation in Glasgow in 2003.  Two of the Scottish/American collaborative projects screened at the 2004 International Family Film Festival.  

 T.I.M.E. was founded by Evelyn Seubert and James Gleason, video production teachers at Cleveland; Diane Siegel and Carla Fantozzi, media consultants in Los Angeles; and Pamela Cohen, documentary filmmaker and educator.   They continue to lead the organization with the assistance of Catherine Cohen, Media Academy Coordinator. 

Funding for T.I.M.E. has been provided by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association; the Foundation of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences; Health Net; Asiana Airlines; Los Angeles Unified School District; Beyond the Bell; over 50 local businesses, and hundreds of private donors. 

(The Summit is not sponsored by Cleveland High School or the Los Angeles Unified School District.)