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May 29, 2020 @ 11:39 am

Changing the Narrative, Episode 3 Wanting to Live

Young. Black. Alone. How do you lift yourself up when faced with trauma, few options, and a mountain of history pinning you down? The answers lie in connection and community. Paul Terry knew from Day 1 of the Changing the Narrative  youth program what he wanted his topic to be. Having battled depression, he wanted to reach out and connect with others who might be suffering. Mentors and a sense of purpose had helped him stand back up. In his interview with  SJLI staff members, Education Equity Programs Manager and educational scholar David Turner, and Health Equity Programs Director Derek Steele, Paul searches the underlying causes of depression in communities of color. What emerges is a nuanced narrative that fills the room with affirmation and hope. 

More than half of the podcasters in our mentoring program, are mentors themselves, volunteering in their churches, at SJLI, and at various youth programs offering their musical, tutoring and coding skills. In creating opportunities for themselves in business and art and career choices, they all made choices that lift others up. Connection. Community.

Jonathan Zeno offers up "Legacy" a poem that powerfully reflects the interview with a chilling sound design by Daniel P. Castillo

Music:

Young Ambition: Be Free, Infinity, Inner Thoughts

Quest: Soul Journey

Visit the Changing the Narrative page on our site for more content

 Produced/edited by Betsy Foldes Meiman

Created in a 5 week collaboration between Connectopod and The Social Justice Learning Institute, developed and taught by by Andrea Lopez, Daniel P. Castillo, and Betsy Foldes Meiman

Original concept for Changing the Narrative by Daniel P. Castillo.

Changing the Narrative is supported in part by a generous grant from the California Arts Council, a state agency. Learn more at arts.ca.gov 

Thank you! 

 

 

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April 24, 2020 @ 6:02 pm

The Reflect/Connect episode 1: An interview with Connectopod correspondent Angie Benitez

Angelica Benitez has been podcasting with us since she was a teeny 10 and Connectopod wasn't even crawling yet. Though she was small, her subjects were always big. She looked at Dio de Los Muertos via Aztec origins, immigration via the plight of kids on La Bestia, the science of robot roaches, and threw interview questions that caught the adult interviewees off guard with their depth. She's grown into a solid producer as well, contacting and arranging events like a presentation with Guide Dogs of America for an audience of 50, and learning how to edit a full episode. 

Angie has the idea for a series on Teen Mental health. In this interview, which took place last year, producer Betsy Foldes Meiman talks with Angie about the personal roots of this project. #tmh series will be revisited this year.

 

 A note about 'Reflect/Connect': with our programs on pause due to coronavirus lockdown, we are taking this opportunity to highlight our reporters and go back for some great stories that got left behind as well as to connect with youth who want to share their pandemic experience. If you are under 21 and would like to contribute a story or a perhaps an interview with someone close to you that has a story you'd like to share, connect with us on Instagram @connectopod or via our website connectopod.net. We may be isolated during this Pandemic, but we are all connected.

 

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Angie now and then (Daniela Catalan on the left in the second pic)

 

Music credits: Written by Popovic

Recorded and produced by Popovic / Vodovoz: 

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March 10, 2020 @ 5:10 pm

LAPL NoHo workshop practice- Gen & Anthony “No Bad Ideas”

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Connectopod, as official LAPL performers, worked with a swell bunch of teens at The Los Angeles Public Library North Hollywood Branch. Our LAPL hour-long workshop introduces the concept of podcasting to teens.

Our goals: get kids talking and realize they have interesting things to say, demystify tech, and have some fun recording.

We don't usually post the workshops,  but we thought we'd share the experience with you this time. These clever podcasters from NoHo had about 20 minutes after we did some instructional games to create their shows that including some entertaining and insightful nuggets. These are raw episodes, no post production or music though I did edit content slightly for time.  Read more here.

 Here for your listening pleasure are first-time podcasters Gen & Anthony discussing No Ideas at all.

For special projects such as the series done for Canoga Park and a special project for Mar Vista, read more here ). 

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March 10, 2020 @ 5:06 pm

LAPL NoHo workshop practice- Elliot & Kai “Pain. And Mall Cops”

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Connectopod, as official LAPL performers, worked with a swell bunch of teens at The Los Angeles Public Library North Hollywood Branch. Our LAPL hour-long workshop introduces the concept of podcasting to teens.

Our goals: get kids talking and realize they have interesting things to say, demystify tech, and have some fun recording.

We don't usually post the workshops,  but we thought we'd share the experience with you this time. These clever podcasters from NoHo had about 20 minutes after we did some instructional games to create their shows that including some entertaining and insightful nuggets. These are raw episodes, no post production or music though I did edit content slightly for time.  Read more here.

 Here for your listening pleasure are first-time podcasters Elliot & Kai discussing Pain. And mall cops. 

For special projects such as the series done for Canoga Park and a special project for Mar Vista, read more here ). 

 

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March 10, 2020 @ 5:02 pm

LAPL NoHo workshop practice-Leslie & Ivonne “Being a Teenager Sucks”

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Connectopod, as official LAPL performers, worked with a swell bunch of teens at The Los Angeles Public Library North Hollywood Branch. Our LAPL hour-long workshop introduces the concept of podcasting to teens.

Our goals: get kids talking and realize they have interesting things to say, demystify tech, and have some fun recording.

We don't usually post the workshops,  but we thought we'd share the experience with you this time. These clever podcasters from NoHo had about 20 minutes after we did some instructional games to create their shows that including some entertaining and insightful nuggets. These are raw episodes, no post production or music though I did edit content slightly for time.  Read more here.

 Here for your listening pleasure are first-time podcasters Leslie & Ivonne discussing the why being a teenager sucks.

 

For special projects such as the series done for Canoga Park and a special project for Mar Vista, read more here ). 

 

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March 10, 2020 @ 4:50 pm

LAPL NoHo workshop practice-Katherine and Diego ‘Beer vs. Virus’

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Connectopod, as official LAPL performers, worked with a swell bunch of teens at The Los Angeles Public Library North Hollywood Branch. Our LAPL hour-long workshop introduces the concept of podcasting to teens.

Our goals: get kids talking and realize they have interesting things to say, demystify tech, and have some fun recording.

We don't usually post the workshops,  but we thought we'd share the experience with you this time. These clever podcasters from NoHo had about 20 minutes after we did some instructional games to create their shows that including some entertaining and insightful nuggets. These are raw episodes, no post production or music though I did edit content slightly for time.  Read more here.

 Here for your listening pleasure are first-time podcasters Diego and Katherine discussing the Corona Virus.

 

For special projects such as the series done for Canoga Park and a special project for Mar Vista, read more here ). 

 

 

 

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February 3, 2020 @ 12:54 pm

Changing the Narrative - Pacoima episode 10: Pacoima Personal

And just like that, we've arrived at the final episode of Changing the Narrative Pacoima. We will miss all 28 of our Vaughn Next Century Learning Center podcasters! We've enjoyed the laughter, the challenges, and the evolution of 'Changing the Narrative-Pacoima' from a bunch of ideas into 10 episodes! Sometimes the best way to change the narrative is simply by being yourself. 

Featured here:

Jessica Esparza and Kiera Moreno cheer for cheer squad. Is it a sport?

Agueda de Santiago answers "How do you see yourself? How do others see you?" Brothers are bothersome, grandmas are great! But it's how you see yourself that matters most.

Anthony Hernandez, Analiss Fernandez, and Kimberly Duenas share a public service announcement for  Pacoima Beautiful, the only environmental social justice organization in the San Fernando Valley.

And lastly, The Ashleys Ashley-Lozano and Ashly Gonzales, with a little help from Leilah Ortega delight with their friendship. 

Changing the Narrative is made possible by a generous grant from The California Arts Council, a state agency. To learn more go to arts.ca.gov Thank you! 

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Changing the Narrative- Pacoima is produced by Betsy Foldes Meiman

The Changing the Narrative-Pacoima series is edited and engineered by Joe Foldes.

Changing the Narrative curriculum created by Andrea Lopez, BFM, with guest artists Daniel P. Castillo, and Joe Foldes.

 

Thank you Mr. Harmon and Vaughn Next Century Learning Center

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January 24, 2020 @ 1:05 pm

Changing the Narrative-Pacoima: episode 9 Gamers

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 "Video games are a way of life!" So say Fabian Quintana, Angel Ponce, Miguel Nunez, and Amanda Carillo . They make the case that from Minecraft, to Skyrim, to World of Warcraft and more, this generation explores unlimited "open worlds", makes friends, and learns useful technology skills that can translate to future jobs.  

Online they connect with players worldwide. Interviewing voice over actor Elle Newlands, in their Pacoima, Los Angeles classroom, they find a surprising real-world connection between a childhood in Glasgow, Scotland and their own. What does it take to beat the odds and go for your dreams? How does creativity save us?

 

Changing the Narrative is made possible by a generous grant from The California Arts Council, a state agency. To learn more go to arts.ca.gov Thank you!

Changing the Narrative- Pacoima is produced by Betsy Foldes Meiman

The Changing the Narrative-Pacoima series is edited and engineered by Joe Foldes.

Changing the Narrative curriculum created by Andrea Lopez, BFM, with guest artists Daniel P. Castillo, and Joe Foldes.

 

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January 17, 2020 @ 1:18 pm

Changing the Narrative-Pacoima episode 8: A Murder Mystery

You can't change the narrative if you don't address what the existing narrative is. The existing narrative of Pacoima is violence. It is violent. Over a six month period in 2019, there were 165 violent crimes. Compare that to 103 in Northridge or 66 in Sherman Oaks. The perception of violence is so normalized for Pacoima that it barely gets reported.  How does that weigh on young minds and souls? For Sergio Gonzalez, it weighs heavy.  When there was a murder on his block, it wasn't even reported on. To Sergio, that is the Murder Mystery he sought to solve. 

What is missing from the violent narrative of Pacoima is the strength and empathy of a community that rallies. To help him make sense of a difficult truth, Sergio turned to Lorenzo and Eric Chapman, two of the co-founders of The Gr818ers. As Pacoima natives and veterans of it's violent heritage, they acknowledge that violence, but show how it doesn't have to define who you are. 

 

Changing the Narrative is made possible by a generous grant from The California Arts Council, a state agency. To learn more go to arts.ca.gov Thank you!

Changing the Narrative- Pacoima is produced by Betsy Foldes Meiman

The Changing the Narrative-Pacoima series is edited and engineered by Joe Foldes.

Changing the Narrative curriculum created by Andrea Lopez, BFM, with guest artists Daniel P. Castillo, and Joe Foldes.

 

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December 20, 2019 @ 1:33 pm

Changing the Narrative - Pacoima episode 7: The Vaughn Experience

The BBC (Big Brain Club) invites you on campus to have The Vaughn Experience. Eighth-grade- not always easy! First up, Wilfredo Bacca, always being caught lacking himself,  interviews security guard Aaron Camacho. In a "dope conversation" recorded by tech director Jenrry Gonzales, we learn why Mr. Camacho is respected by even the toughest of kids. The secret is he respects them. A former "lacker" himself, his empathy comes from understanding.

Then, interviewing her group partners, Jenrry and Wilfredo, producer Agueda de Santiago, highlights the challenges and success of eighth-grade life. 

 Running time: 15 min

We want to acknowledge the three students that did not turn in their media release forms. They contributed to Mr. Camacho's interview with astute questions and comments that spurred some of the answers you hear. They worked equipment and helped with the project overall behind the scenes. Good luck with volleyball and soccer!

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Changing the Narrative is made possible by a generous grant from The California Arts Council, a state agency. To learn more go to arts.ca.gov Thank you!

Changing the Narrative- Pacoima is produced by Betsy Foldes Meiman

The Changing the Narrative-Pacoima series is edited and engineered by Joe Foldes.

Changing the Narrative curriculum created by Andrea Lopez, BFM, with guest artists Daniel P. Castillo, and Joe Foldes.

Music for this episode can be found here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G-a-fQj_2eA&feature=emb_logo

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