The mission of WWP is to provide positive youth development by using digital media and journalism as tools for civic engagement, as well as individual and community transformation. Through its programs and activities WWP students collectively develop a student voice on issues affecting their community.
* WWP strengthens partnerships for 2015-2016. WWP is set to begin the new school year by providing digital media/arts sessions for 8th graders at both Melody STEM and Willa Cather Elementary Schools.
In addition, WWP will also continue to facilitate digital media workshops at Amundsen Park as part of Chicago Park District’s Arts Partners in Residence program.
These six week, hands-on sessions will provide students with exposure, guidance and support in areas of digital media, journalism and technology.
* WWP recently completed the 4th year of its summer Broadcast News program at CAN-TV where students researched, produced and hosted their own weekly news show discussing current events and other relevant items from a youth perspective. Students discussed topics ranging from the deaths of unarmed African-Americans Sandra Bland in Texas and Jonathan Sanders in Mississippi to the current CPS budget crisis, to the escape of Mexican cartel boss El-Chapo Guzman. The program provides students with added exposure and hands-on experience to being a part of a broadcast news show. WWP also wrapped up its summer programming at Amundsen Park where 35 students gained exposure in operating video cameras, public speaking, including interviewing
* WWP founder and Executive Director Frank Latin featured in 2015 edition of Loyola University’s Mosaic Magazine
* WWP partners with The Westside Source – The project involves a team of university journalism students, WWP students and neighborhood residents working in a collegial environment to identify, discuss and report on, events and people who impact life on the city’s West Side. It also provides an opportunity for journalism students to gain real world experience practicing their craft while learning about the history and the dynamics of one of the city’s most neglected areas. In addition to the site, www.westsidesource.com, stories will also appear in various community newspapers that cover the West Side providing students with even greater exposure.