Uptown Summer 2018


Uptown Summer is a 5-week youth employment program that gives voice to Rensselaer County teens. The program combines art, science, media production, and environmental education. This year’s theme was telling stories of environmental justice and resilience. Each week was packed with programming, introducing youth to new skills and ideas, and developing their creativity and voice.

Interactive Map: Environmental Justice at Census Tract 404


Julia Cavicchi – Text, editing, research
Durasia Anderson – Data visualization, text, research
Chris Johnstone – Videography
Catie Rafferty – Photography

Uptown Summer Week Five: Agency


The 2018 Uptown Summer program has now drawn to a close. The theme for our fifth week was agency. This week was the final push to perfect our radio projects before they are broadcast on WOOC FM. 

Between all the audio editing, we still found time to go outside …

Uptown Summer 2018 Youth Radio Stories


Nicolena and Donovan: Justice for Dahmeek

Nicolena Russell and Donovan Wooten spoke with attorney Mark Mishler at the Justice for Dahmeek rally at the Troy Courthouse and shared their own thoughts on racist police violence. Recordings from the rally were also edited into radio clips by Uptown Summer mentor Patrick Quinn.

Negligent Landlords in Troy: a four-part radio series with Angelo Domingo


Angelo Domingo, Uptown Summer youth employee, looked into the pervasive issue of negligent landlords in Troy. He went above and beyond the expectations of the program, producing not just one story, but a four-part radio series highlighting the issue!

 

 

 

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NATURE Lab: Community-Led Design in North Troy


This summer, The Sanctuary for Independent Media began the design process for the new NATURE Lab Environmental Education Center. With the help of the Troy Architecture Project and input from the community, we’ll be transforming a long-abandoned building in North Troy into a grassroots science resource for the neighborhood.

Uptown Summer Week Four: Action!


Week four of Uptown Summer was about narrowing our focus and making things happen!

On Tuesday we hosted a community design think tank for the new NATURE Lab Environmental Education Center. Previously, the youth had discussed the challenges facing Troy and how a new community science center could …

Uptown Summer Week Three: Research, Awareness, and Deep Experiencing


The theme of Uptown Summer’s third week was awareness and it was all about collecting information, looking at things differently, and expanding our horizons.

We kicked things off with a visit to Soul Fire Farm. Soul Fire is an initiative developed to foster food sovereignty in …

Uptown Summer Week Two: Data Analysis, Storytelling, and Environmental Justice


 

The theme of our second week of Uptown Summer programming was “skills.”  Each year, the Uptown Summer youth employees gain skills in media production, storytelling, and environmental science in order to create their own narratives about environmental challenges in their communities. Last week, we were excited to have a number …

Uptown Summer Youth Talk Design for the New NATURE Lab


 

Last week the Uptown Summer youth employees began the process of designing the new NATURE Lab Environmental Education Center. The new NATURE Lab Center will occupy a long-abandoned house in the North Central Troy neighborhood, just down the block from The Sanctuary for Independent Media. Friday was …

Uptown Summer 2018 Is Underway!


Today the Sanctuary was joined by eight youth employees who will be the center of our 2018 Uptown Summer program! For the next five weeks, the Uptown Summer employees will work with a crew of mentors, interns, expert guests, and Sanctuary staff to investigate issues of environmental justice within the North Central Troy …

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Be the Media! Media and Activism with Astra Taylor
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