To produce a youth media advocacy project consisting of a mix of Santa Ana students, Chapman University students, and community members, interested in documenting and amplifying youth voice within the city of Santa Ana. We will be developing a media platform where youth tell their own stories and advocate for their community using video and other media. The application of media is intended to amplify youth context as experienced by youth, their family, and community.
Vision & Goals
Using tools such as narrative inquiry, Youth Participatory Action Research (YPAR) and video production, we collect and visually capture the narratives of Santa Ana youth. We will produce short documentaries or media productions that can be displayed on online multimedia platforms. We will focus on narratives that reflect how youth navigate their personal, familial, cultural, economic, educational, and political environments.
Through our documentary as well as this website dedicated to amplifying youth voices within Santa Ana, we seek to highlight narratives that are not traditionally represented in popular media. We advocate for multidisciplinary expression of these narratives, including but not limited to music, poetry, visual arts, and dance, aiming to establish a space for these individuals to be seen, heard, and understood.
Our website will provide a collection of academic resources as well as references to other organizations that are just as passionate about empowering our local community members.
The SAY Media Project is partially sponsored by Chapman University’s Attallah College of Educational Studies, the Lloyd & Elisabeth Klein Legacy Foundation, and Christine and Lon Cross.