Category Archives: Youth Media

Video: Attend And Acheive Back To School Rally

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On the steps of Oakland City Hall on August 18 for the Attend and Achieve Back-to-School Rally 2012 — in partnership with the Oakland Natives Give Back, the Oakland Unified School District and the City of Oakland’s Office of the … Continue reading »


Video Part 2:The Factory and KQED Present : CESAR CRUZ

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Using audio from the Teacher Town Hall poem written by Arise High School teacher Cesar Cruz and research that the student filmmakers found about the drop out crisis in Oakland they created this thought provoking video.


Video Part 1: BAVC/KQED Presents: Check Mate

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BAVC/The Factory assembled a team of four advanced youth filmmakers to create four videos; the content of which is intended to help counteract the significant high school dropout rate in Oakland, CA as Part of the American Graduate Initiative


More High School Students Passing Exit Exam

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San Francisco Chronicle August 23, 2012 Written by: Jill Tucker The vast majority of the class of 2012 – 95 percent of the state’s 450,000 seniors – passed the California High School Exit Exam by graduation day, an all-time-high pass … Continue reading »


Behind "An American Graduate" Album

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BAVC Blog August 14, 2012 Written by: Chris Runde Since March of this year, musicians and filmmakers in BAVC’s Next Gen youth programs have been contributing to a nationwide project focusing on the high school dropout crisis in the United … Continue reading »


Video: Attend & Achieve Back-to-School Rally 2012

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Video: Attend and Achieve Back-to-School Rally 2012 Part 1

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Youth Guest Blogger: Claudia Luz Suarez Unveiling Inequities in Oakland

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August 1, 2012 Written By Claudia Luz Suarez Recently, the Oakland Tribune released graduation and dropout data on students they’ve been tracking since 2007. As a recent graduate from East Oakland School of the Arts, one of Castlemont’s small schools, … Continue reading »


KQED Youth Guest Bloggers: Maile, Daryl, Sydnee and Rebbeca

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Created by Carla Tamayo On June 14, 2011, 20 High School juniors from East Oakland participated in the 6th Annual Youth Showcase and Cultural Symposium were they lead presentations and workshops using poetry, architectural school re-design, and research on trauma … Continue reading »


Student Guest Blogger: Hallie Cohen

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Why I Stay In School By Hallie Cohen School has always been difficult for me even in my elementary school years, mainly because of social anxieties. It showed through my horrendous attendance record. By my fifteenth year, I had stopped … Continue reading »