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Community - 2009 and earlier

Traditionally, public television has produced content and sent it out to the community. Now we're looking for community groups to produce their own content on issues that concern them. Below is a sampling of past and present community projects undertaken by the Hamilton Commons.

If your organization is interested working with the Hamilton Commons, contact us at 215-351-3318.

What Can We Do? Young People and Global Climate Change
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The Earth Force Youth Leadership Team partnered with The Learning Lab at WHYY in order to produce this impressive documentary, "What Can We Do? Young People and Global Climate Change." This 20-minute piece on global climate change is a powerful example of how young people are utilizing digital media to make themselves heard in a way that wasnit possible just a couple years ago.

A Century of Service: The Story of the Fairmount Park Guard
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Produced in Partnership with Fairmount Park, "A Century of Service: the Story of the Fairmount Park Guard," chronicles the 100+ year history of the Park's one-time police force." The 10-minute documentary features archival footage, stills, and interviews with former park guards and former Police Commissioner Joseph O'Neill, who headed the PPD when they finally absorbed the Park Guard in 1972.

Boys and Girls Club of Camden County
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With funding from Campbell's Soup, the Boys and Girls Club of Camden County partnered with the Learning Lab to teach 9-year-old students news production. The students, always devoted to their work, produced short news pieces about the center. This is a small sample of their work.

PUFFA Photovoice 2009

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In summer 2009, under the guidance of the Philadelphia Urban Food and Fitness Alliance (PUFFA), youth from across the city took photos of the food and fitness issues in their neighborhood, in an attempt to generate novel solutions. This video, created by the students with help from WHYY, combines their original photos with their own voices to share their findings and recommendations.

Philly Love Disguised
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Episcopal Community Services of Philadelphia in partnership with the Learning Lab at WHYY has finish a documentary that has been in the works for almost a year. The documentary is a tribute to the Philadelphia's teens that have persevered despite living in poverty stricken neighborhoods plagued by violence and drugs. The teens in the film stress the importance of teen programming.

Produced by: Milan Holland, Dion McCray, Dana Young, Devin Young, Asia Holland, Patrice Underwood, Asil Lawrence, Leeya Savage, Jerimiah McFadden.

In Search of Liberty: Looking for the real National Treasure
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Two students from the High School of the Future in Philadelphia, their teacher, and park rangers at Independence National Historical Park show the park through the eyes of a first time visitor.

Invasion at Valley Forge
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This video highlights the work of Valley Forge's Student Conservation Association in eradicating the park of invasive species. The video is created by the park staff and the teens of the SCA.

Discovering Hopewell
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Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site is a colonial iron plantation in Pennsylvania. Teenagers from the Centro Cultural Latinos Unidos and park staff created this short documentary about the history and the current activities available at Hopewell.

Our Stories, Our Health: A Behind-the-Scenes Look
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Our Stories, Our Health is a project that has been teaching Vietnamese and Laotian elders to shoot video interviews about health topics they identified as important to their communities. The footage will be used in health workshops throughout the Southeast Asian community in the Philadelphia area. The Learning Lab has provided the video training, which is the focus of this behind-the-scenes look at the project.

The project was started in 2008, as a partnership between WHYY, the Asian Health Initiatives of the University of Pennsylvania, the Southeast Asian Mutual Assistance Associations Coalition, Thomas Jefferson University, and Temple University. It is funded by New Routes to Community Health, a program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Benton Foundation.

I Have a Dream
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With the help of a Learning Lab instructor, the teens from The Honickman Learning Center filmed themselves reciting Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech, in various locations around the city. Most of the shooting was done in their own neighborhood where they thought Dr. King's message needed to be heard to most.

Watch more videos in our Community Films Archive