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  • Listen Up!

    Listen up!
    Chicago's best and brightest student poets grabbed the mic at the 2013 LOUDER THAN A BOMB Youth Poetry Festival to share their stories and speak their minds in rhythm!
    LOUDER THAN A BOMB is the world's largest … more

  • Breakthrough Film Club

    This video introduces the members of the Breakthrough Film Club.

  • I Fear for What I Am

    I Fear for What I Am is the second project with the Breakthrough Film Club. The project focused on Tony and Devin and their love of basketball and style. Pretty quickly though we find out that there is something else … more

  • Music to Me Is…

    Music To Me Is...a short documentary written, filmed and produced by a group of high school youth in Chicago's East Garfield Park neighborhood. In this project, four of the members in Breakthrough Film Club share their thoughts and feelings about music … more

  • Sexual Exploitation

    Youth from Liberia create a short video about sexual exploitation for Chain of Change.

  • RIght To Education

    Youth from Liberia create a video about students' rights to an education for Chain of Change.

  • Teen Pregnancy

    Youth from Liberia explore teen pregnancy in a Chain of Change video.

  • SlutWalk 2011

    Chain of Change and Beyondmedia Education present footage from the SlutWalk 2011 protest march in Chicago.

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    "An Open Letter from Black Women … more

  • Lynda Lopez Shares Her College & Career Journey

    Watch YLC member Lynda Lopez talk about her journey to college.

  • Forms of Violence

    Jóvenes en Acción, a youth delegation from various cities in Mexico, hosted by WorldChicago produced this short video about different forms of violence they experience in High School.

  • Students and Teachers

    Jóvenes en Acción, a youth delegation from various cities in Mexico, hosted by WorldChicago, produced this short video about teacher and student relationships in a Chain of Change workshop.

  • Hamline University Video Letter

    Students from Hamline University in Saint Paul, Minnesota created this video letter to address their concerns about the new student center.

  • Rid Your Vocabulary Of Retarded

    Youth Leadership Council member Nicole Zakheim created this video. She states: My school has had a lot of politically incorrect words banned, but we hadn't covered one that affects a lot of students, including myself. Retarded. I was hearing it way … more

  • Between Friends-YCARE Josephinum Academy

    This video was created by a group of teen leaders at Josephinum Academy in Chicago in order to educate others about the seriousness of dating violence. If you are being abused, call Between Friends at 1-800-603-HELP.

  • What’s the point of loving?

    CoBra youth created these videos to explore diverse types of violence in different contexts. The scenes depict environmental, physical, familial, social, societal and psychological violence. All, in the view of the youth, boil down to one thing: a lack of love.
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  • Access Living/Empowered Fe Fes Video 4

    In their 4th video the Empowered Fe Fes & DIVAS explore using modern dance to express their views about domestic violence among women and girls with disabilities. The girls are taking ownership of this anti-violence project by selecting dance movements, dialogue, … more

  • Anti-Bullying Flashmob

    In honour of International Anti-Bullying Day, two schools came together to create a message about acceptance and challenge others to use social media as a positive tool. The Anti-bullying flashmob was 4 months in the making. It goes to show what … more

  • Kyrgyz Republic Video 4 Bride Stealing

    A youth delegation from the Kyrgyz Republic created short videos reflecting violence affecting youth in their communities. This video addresses the resurgence of the practice of kidnapping young women to be forced into marriage.

  • Kyrgyz Republic Video 3 Freedom of Speech

    A youth delegation from the Kyrgyz Republic created short videos reflecting violence affecting youth in their communities. This video addresses the struggle for freedom of speech in the news.

  • Kyrgyz Republic Video 2 Am I Wrong Flower

    A youth delegation from the Kyrgyz Republic created short videos reflecting violence affecting youth in their communities. This video Am I Wrong Flower? addresses some struggles LGBTQ youth face.

  • Kyrgyz Republic Video 1 Bullying

    A youth delegation from the Kyrgyz Republic created short videos reflecting violence affecting youth in their communities. This video deals with school bullying.

  • Domestic Violence

    Arab American Action Network Youth along with youth from the Leadership Council created this short video to share a story about domestic violence.

  • Youth Letter to Ron Huberman

    A youth video letter to Chicago Public School's Chief Executive Officer Ron Huberman created during Beyondmedia Education's Wired Up Youth Media event.

  • Youth Letter to Mayor Daley

    A youth video letter to Chicago's Mayor Daley created during Beyondmedia Education's Wired Up Youth Media event.

  • NUF Said: Insights on Violence

    As participants of the NUF Said project (nuf-said.org), Leadership Council members created videos around the topic of crime & violence. The majority of the NUF SAID survey respondents felt they didn’t witness or weren’t involved in violence, abuse, harassment or discrimination … more

  • NUF Said: Youth Perspectives on Violence

    As participants of the NUF Said project (nuf-said.org), Leadership Council members created videos around the topic of crime & violence. In this video, Chain of Change Youth Leadership Council member Lynda Lopez asks local youth about their experiences with violence in … more

  • NUF Said: Young Men & Violence

    As participants of the NUF Said project (nuf-said.org), Leadership Council members created videos around the topic of crime & violence. In Chicago, young black men and Englewood have become synonymous with violence. Chain of Change Youth Leadership Council member Tiara Epps … more

  • Two RIvers High School HEROES

    “We did our video on abusive dating relationships because we see it the most and have seen multiple relationships and friends being abused. Emotional abuse is so huge in dating couples. Girls emotionally abuse as much as guys and we are … more

  • Between Friends-YCARE

    The YCARE (Youth Creating Allies for Relationship Education) group wanted to make this PSA because they spent all summer learning about domestic violence and wanted to educate others about it along with providing resources for people who need help. All of … more

  • 7o’clock Robot Time

    Arab American Action Network Youth along with youth from the Leadership Council created this short video as a possible solution to violence.

  • Pray for my Southside

    Youth from Arab American Action Network created this short video poem in response the the violence occurring on the Southside of Chicago.

  • Arab American Action Network-Ban the Hijab Ban

    Members of Arab American Action Network created this short video about the ban of the hijab in France.

  • Community TV Network “Our Hidden Culture” Video 4

    Community TV Network explores rape culture in their 4th video “Our Hidden Culture.”

  • Community TV Network Video 3

    In their 3rd video Community TV Network’s Hard Cover News team explores the causes and possible solutions to teen violence.

  • Community TV Network Video 2

    Community TV Network’s 2nd video follows two teens as they come into adulthood while dealing with the absence of a parent.

  • Leadership Council NUF Said Presentation

    Tiara Epps & Crystal Jackson from the Leadership Council present to other youth media makers at the N.U.F (Network, Unity, Future) Said event on Jan. 29, 2010.

  • Chain of Change Trailer

    A trailer for the Chain of Change project of Beyondmedia Education.

  • Beyondmedia on “Community, Media, & You”

    CoC youth leader Tiara Epps and Beyondmedia staff Salome Chasnoff & Zaida Sanabia discuss Beyondmedia programs for youth with host Thom Clark of Community Media Workshop.

  • Access Living/Empowered Fe Fes Video 3

    The Empowered Fe Fes produced a short PSA on their views of Domestic Violence.

  • Access Living/Empowered Fe Fes Video 2

    In their 2nd Chain of Change video the Empowered Fe Fes wrote and performed a News Report investigating domestic violence against women with disabilities.

  • SOUL Diaries: Breaking the Silence

    Southwest Youth Collaborative’s SOUL young women’s group produced this video about their experiences with teen dating violence.

  • Kids Off the Block “Movement” Music Video

    Kids off the Block’s music video Movement.

  • Kids Off the Block Video 2

    This 2nd video from Kids off the Block focuses on the youth participants’ views on the roots of youth violence. They discuss how some youth from their community get drawn into certain situations as well as ways to deter youth violence. … more

  • I Too Sing America

    Global Girls’ Summer program “Take the Stage” goal in creating this video is to show homosexuality in a different light and cause people to question their own prejudices and to stop the mistreatment of gays and lesbians.

  • Girl World Video 2

    Alternatives Girl World Leadership Council documents their anti-violence work in their community.

  • Dreamcatcher Video 1

    The Dreamcatcher Foundation is an organization founded by two formerly incarcerated women who have spent much of their lives involved in the sex trade, Stephanie Daniels-Wilson and Brenda Myers-Powell. Dreamcatcher works with girls, aged 12-18, who live in Chicago’s Englewood community … more

  • Archi-Treasures

    Archi-Treasures summer program exam the roots of violence, personal stories of police violence, and how mural making can be used as a way to stop violence.

  • Cease Fire Rally Willie V. Interview

    Willie V. a local artist talks about the violence plaguing Chicago at the Cease Fire Rally in Englewood.

  • Cease Fire Rally 1 Love Interview

    Local youth artists, 1 Love, interviewed at the Englewood Cease Fire Rally about violence in their community.

  • Stop the Violence

    An independent documentary directed by Chain of Change Leadership Council member Tiara Epps looking at the violence plaguing her community.

  • Tiara Epps Interviews Rev. Dr. Michael Pfleger

    Chain of Change Leadership Council member Tiara Epps interviews Rev. Dr. Michael Pfleger of St. Sabina about his move to raise the American flag upside down in response to the violence affecting children of Chicago.

  • Street Level Youth Media Video 2

    This video addresses the issues of verbal, physical and sexual abuse of girls by their family members and the tragic effects (drug and alcohol abuse and psychological disorders) of parental neglect. It urges girls experiencing domestic violence to speak out. … more

  • Street Level Youth Media Video 1

    This video voices against “Dating Violence” amongst teens that often result in death. In her poem, a high school girl encourages other young girls exposed to boyfriend abuse to recognize that they deserve respect and to expect no less from their … more

  • RefugeeOne Video 1

    Our video shows different types of violence (bulling, girl violence) that youth in America experience, either directly or as observers. We offer non-violent solutions for addressing the violence with the hope that children can live and learn in a peaceful environment. … more

  • Girl World Video 1

    A member of our group wrote a spoken word piece about Dating Violence and we turned it into a skit for the Chain of Change video. In the first skit, Part 1: The Mistake, a young woman falls in love with … more

  • Free Spirit Media Video 2 “Molestation”

    Our second video, titled “Molestation”, is a PSA urging victims of molestation to speak out and get help. The students make a direct appeal to the audience, saying those that are silenced about their experiences with molestation should take matters into … more

  • Free Spirit Media Video 1

    Our first video, “Domestic Violence”, is a PSA that encourages victims to take a stand against violence that happens in domestic situations. It includes student dramatizations and statistics. The slogan “Kill domestic violence before it kills you”, is a call-to-arms to … more

  • Access Living/Empowered Fe Fes Video 1

    In this video the Fe Fes explore the barriers faced by women with disabilities in getting out of domestic violence situations. It also addresses the widespread forced sterilization of women with disabilities. In discussing these challenges, they raise awareness about what … more

  • Family Matters/Sisters of Struggle Video 1

    The video is a poetic look at the potential causes of girl on girl violence that may have been overlooked. We talk about breaking the cycle of other types of abuse as an important step in creating change around violence against … more

  • Yollocalli Video 1

    Often times women who are victims of violence feel alone, afraid and trapped and don’t know where to go. The girl in the video is experiencing the same as she runs throughout a dark basement, hiding from an unknown force. She … more

  • Global Girls Video 1

    The video, When TOMs Attack, broadcast girls’ reactions to violence from adult men sexually harassing them. It offers several appropriate lines girls can say as a response to reject these TOMs (thirsty old men). Thirst is slang for a person acting … more

  • Teen Living Program/Belfort House Video 1

    This video is about some of the thoughts and feelings the participants have about violence against women and girls. We recorded discussions on two days, exploring camera techniques and interviewing on film

  • Housing Opportunities for Women Video 1

    The video identifies and exemplifies violence against women- both verbal and physical. In making the video, youth had a round table discussion about violence and worked to describe it.

  • Chicago Youth Center Video 1

    This video documents a panel discussion on teen dating violence.

  • Kids Off the Block Video 1

    This video is about having a “real” conversation without coaching or preparation. We let youth speak to the issues (violence amongst teens) that they normally only discuss amongst themselves.

  • Young Women’s Action Team Video 1

    This video is about what it means to be an activist and a leader promoting social change. Young people who are members of YWAT bring up the issue of street violence against girls and young women.

  • Community TV Network Video 1

    Our video deals with teen safety on the Internet, particularly with online profiles such as Myspace and Facebook.

  • Center on Halsted Video 1

    Due to the drop-in nature of the youth center, we agreed to leave the process open-ended in order to invite as many voices as possible. We held four group meetings over four weeks for brainstorming and filming. The participants were invited … more

  • BUILD – Video 1

    In the video “Love Should Not Hurt”, students reenact the scene of boyfriend violence. In their performance, they aim to alert young girls about the signs of the abusive relationship.

  • Family Matters/BOND – Video 1

    This video clip shows a speech, delivered by a young man, reviling statistics on domestic sexual violence against women and girls. The whole video revolves around the choices the young men face every day, particularly in regard to gangs and drugs. … more

  • Brown Eyed Girl Video 1

    The video is a poetic look at the potential causes of girl on girl violence that may have been overlooked. We also address breaking the cycle of other types of abuse as an important step in creating change around violence against … more

FROM THE BLOG


August 02, 2013

We Need Art

Some schools don't offer art throughout the school year, but we think that art classes should be offered all year and at all schools. Art makes us feel happy and free.

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August 02, 2013

We Need Art

Some schools don't offer art throughout the school year, but we think that art classes should be offered all year and at all schools. Art makes us feel happy and free.

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August 02, 2013

What I like about school.

Something positive about my school is that there is no bullying. Sometimes someone loses their temper but it's not bullying. I also like the special classes I can take, like spanish, art, drama, gym and music. The best part of my day is probably the after school specials. The after school special I like the most is my martial arts class. It makes me really happy that I have art and music classes at my school.

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