SPOKE (formerly Medicine Wheel) and Trend Stream Entertainment invite Boston public housing residents between the ages of 15-18 to be part of YouthSpeak, a paid digital storytelling program.

Working under the guidance of ten skilled, creative teachers, young people will create photo- and video essays about topics that are important to them and their communities. Students will have the opportunity to work in an array of artistic disciplines that fall under digital storytelling, such as video, photo essays, spoken word, music, or a hybrid/multimedia. They will share their work with instructors, staff, and other young people throughout the summer, culminating in a final photo- or video documentary for each participant. The students’ final projects will be available to view on their very own YouthSpeak website here. 

With funding from the Boston Housing Authority, the YouthSpeak project will launch Wednesday, July 14, and will continue throughout the 2021-2020 academic school year. Youth will be paid a minimum of $13.50 per hour for 20 hours weekly. We have the capacity to engage up to 100 young people in this exciting new program.

SPOKE is still actively recruiting youth living in public housing to enroll in YouthSpeak, now a fall afterschool program. To learn more or register go here.

Youthspeak flyer after school

Meet the YouthSpeak Staff 

Isaac Dupont

Originally from New Jersey, Isaac attended Lesley University in Cambridge, studying art therapy. There they spent a semester interning at Medicine Wheel Productions (now SPOKE). After graduation, they worked for several years as a baker, before working with Americorps. They then settled into the public school system where they are a TA in a middle school sub separate classroom. As a queer and disabled adult, they believe it is vital for their students to have teachers who have similar experiences, and who can be resources on those and related topics. This summer, they also returned to SPOKE as a case manager for the YouthSpeak program.

Dakohai Matityahu – TrendStream Entertainment

Charles Murrell III – TrendStream Entertainment

Three of our YouthSpeak teaching artists who joined us to honor No Man's Land: (from left to right are Charles, Dakohai (seated), and Oliver)

Three of our YouthSpeak teaching artists who joined us to honor No Man’s Land’s 25th Anniversary: (from left to right are Charles, Dakohai (seated), and Oliver). Photo Courtesy of Ramon Galvan. 

Teaching Artists 

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