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The Santa Ana Youth Media Project (SAYMP) was born and developed within the summer of 2019.

The Santa Ana Youth Media Project (SAYMP) strives to amplify youth voice within the context of Orange County via Critical Media Literacy. The project works with both Chapman University students, local community partners, and local Orange County youth to understand that Media is also a form of literacy that can be interpreted, analyzed, critiqued, and produced. The SAYMP uses media production in the form of films, radio podcasts, blogs, and video essays as tools to further document youth stories/narratives.



To initiate a research and media project by youth, for youth, where stories, narratives, and oral histories are being documented given the social, economic and political context within the city of Santa Ana and its larger Orange County Context. We would like to collect and document stories using tools such as, narrative inquiry, Youth Participatory Action Research (YPAR) and video production to visually capture the narratives of youth. We will be producing short documentaries / media productions that can be displayed on multimedia platforms, such as social media and a website dedicated to amplifying youth voices within the city. We will be focusing on narratives that reflect how youth navigate their personal, familial, cultural, economic, educational, and political environments.



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 voices 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.

The Role of Community Partners

The Santa Ana Youth Media project has partnered with the Orange County Community Collaborative consisting of the following community entities: The Heritage Museum of Orange County, Century High School TEACH Academy, and Higher Ground Youth & Family Services. The Santa Ana Youth Media Project is excited to further explore the possibility of amplifying youth voice via these partnerships and is equally open to collaborate with any local Orange County community entity in support with its mission
and vision.

Our Partners

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