Month: July 2014

July 31st – What changes do you want in North Troy?

Today the morning session was comprised of the ‘Youth Change Makers’ splitting up into three groups. Each of the groups were focused on a different part of the continued mapping workshop with Rutgers professor Atif Akin.

The three groups switched stations every 40 minutes. The first of the …

July 30th – “Places hold a collective memory"

*Mapping Dialogue: Artist and Poet Cara Benson from the Millay Colony for the Arts from week one of Uptown Summer returned today to work with the ‘Youth Change Makers’ on how to construct a poem that consist of only memories.

They start by choosing a “seed” from the …

Hot Spot Mural

July 25th “What is the point of having a voice if no one is listening?” -Veronica

*Crop mob collard city growers: Botanical Intervention in Collard City Garden The ‘Youth Change Makers’ get done everything that needs to be done in order to plant seeds, water the crops, weed, and prepare for a harvest.

They worked together in order to clean up the garden, separating …

July 24th I scream for ice-cream!

*The Youth Change Makers had a weed war in the L-Lot with Kathy and Oliver.

They split up into two teams to compete against one another who could identify the most weeds. The winning team would get ice cream. Turns out it was a tie so everyone got ice-cream! 

July 23rd. Hope in Brown-fields, Nature Wants To Live.

*The first couple hours this morning consisted of a group talk. We all took the time to recognize that we are now at the mid point in Uptown Summer. We talked about our accomplishments, what we hope to achieve in the last ten days, our concerns, and the biggest joys we have. 

Tuesday July 22nd *Archaeological Dig* Week 3

*Financial Fitness: Morning ice breaker- Smart financing. We learn different methods of budgeting and being ‘smart’ with money. How to save, plan, borrow, and earning capability*



*Environmental mapping at the L-Lot: Oliver Kellhammer, Canadian bio-artist, in collaboration with NATURE Lab Project Coordinator Kathy High, will …

Friday July 18th Botanical Intervention!

*The Youth change makers continued working on the mural project. WMHT from PBS interviewed them and documented them working on the Mural. 

*Today the group helped Cathy High work in the L Lot garden.

*Reverend Billy and the Stop Shopping Choir, Rensselaer County Summer Youth …

Thursday July 17th “Who am I to judge?” – Pope Francis

The Youth Change Makers had a conversation about thinking deeply and interpreting different meanings for things. We thought about ways to broaden our horizons and helping others think more in depth about common subjects such as trash and pollution. “For Every Action there is a Reaction” Everyone and everything is connected. People to environment, animals …

Wednesday July 16th Summary of the Day for the Uptown Summer Program

-The Youth Change Makers start the morning watching videos and learning technical techniques such as framing and composition. They leaned how to properly set up a photograph or video shot by examining certain photographic and cinematic procedures such as the Rule of Thirds.



“As long as I can communicate I can create. As long as I can create, I am free.”-Lewis Hill

-The Youth Change Makers start the morning watching videos and learn video making techniques such as juxtaposing, showing conflicting scenes, and back and fourth perspectives to illustrate a point stylistically. 



-We reflect on last week and discuss some of …

Friday July 11th ~Watching, Waiting and Dreaming~

*Strength team with Steve- Concert setup; The group helped move all equipment and gear to Freedom Square for tonight’s performance of ‘Debo Band’ to celebrate the launch of Uptown Summer! 


*The River Keeper field trip- Captain John explains The River Keeper: A program that is a member supportive organization. The …

Thursday July 10th. North Troy Youth Change Makers- What we did today!

To see a video of the QR Code Workshop click here!

* “What Does Environmental Justice Mean To You?” The group responded by saying they would like to see more trash cans around to control the littering, more gardens available so people can eat their own home grown food, better filtered …

Wednesday July 9th What we did today!

To see a video of the Poetry Workshop click here!

*Poem workshop: Cara, a professional writer/poet, teaches the group different ways of writing letters, poems, stories, and notes. 

-“Find Your Own Voice” by Jayne Cortez, is an inspiring poem Cara uses as an example of how …

Tuesday July 8th Uptown Summer: Reflections and summary of what we did today

*Mapped our community: Everyone had their own camera and walked around the town and took pictures of their homes. Then later they chose their favorite photo they took so it will become a print to needle point it on a tee shirt (Be creative tee shirt making!). The group felt the project was very personal and …

Uptown Summer 2014 blasts off! Are you on board?

Starting this Tuesday (7/8) and continuing Tuesdays through Fridays each week until August 8, the wackie wookies in and around The Sanctuary for Independent Media are presenting Uptown Summer 2014!

Our launch party with the amazing Ethiopian orchestra Debo Band is at Freedom Square this Friday evening (7/11). Hope to see …

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