Sponsorship Request

for a

Trenton NJ

Gang Awareness Program

“The Many Colors of Emotion” Community Workshops

and

“Like Moths to a Flame” Documentary of Gang Psychology

 

Date of Proposal

March, 2008

 

 

Name of Organization:

CECO Multimedia Arts Network

837 Melrose Av

Trenton, NJ

 

 

Contact Person:

Harry Jackendoff, 484-919-5677

 

 

Purpose of Proposal:

·         To fund a workshop development process by which a set of short documentaries are created addressing the rise of urban gangs for use in schools, community organizations, and churches, including:

·         Video documentary created by middle school youth about the peer pressures and temptations of gang life

·         Video documentary created by incarcerated youth describing the emotional realities of gang life

·         Video documentary of success stories of non-recitivists and how they escaped the cycle of street life and built successful careers

·         Training video and workshop materials describing how to use the above video materials for an adult community workshop or as integrated into classroom work

·         Promotional materials for public TV and a website link for public dissemination of the workshop.

 

 

Partnerships: 

City of Trenton (Mercer County)Youth Correction Facility

Community Education Co. Media Arts Network (CECOMAN) LLC– Princeton NJ

 

 

Budget:

$210,200 Total [$118,300 (Phase 1), $101,900 (Phase 2)]

$123,400  Outside Grant/ $86,800 Shared costs (City-obtained Grant)

 

 

 

Budget Period:

1 Year

 

 


I.                  SUMMARY

The proposed program will create sets of community-based videos describing the temptations of gang life and peer pressures among today’s urban youth.  DVD workshop materials will be made available for in-school and after-school workshops, aimed at students, teachers, and parents preparing them to discuss the resurgence of drugs as well as the growing gang phenomenon within the media culture of today, helping youth make responsible judgments in choosing positive social roles for themselves.  The central focus will support the concept of “emotional sobriety” used by AA and NA (Narcotics Anonymous) recovery programs throughout the city.

The program will develop a variety of video shorts as the centerpiece of a community and school workshop.  The workshop will include a text and video training program for  workshop leaders, training them in the use of the materials in various formats for community and school-aged groups.   Phase One of the project will create:  

1) A video short developed by school-aged youth describing how peer pressures are felt - the temptations, fears, unsuredness and frustrations with their futures. 

2) A video short will be developed by two “trustee” inmates of the juvenile correction center with the assistance of  an ex-inmate, recruited as a project team-member  from existing Trenton recovery program staff.   This video entitled “Like Moths to a Flame” will focus on the emotional life of the gang-member.

Phase Two of the project will develop

3) A collection of “success-story” interviews highlighting previous juvenile inmates who have made a new life for themselves, channeling their energies to positive social and economic ends. 

4) Workshop training materials including software to produce student and community workbooks, and an instructional video illustrating options to best use the materials for a successful community-based workshops, including ways to integrate the materials into classroom work.  

5) A promotion kit for access through the NJ State web-page, including advertisements for distribution to public TV stations around the state, describing the program and providing information on obtaining the materials for communities and schools.

Objectives:  Exploring the World of Emotion.

The unifying concept behind all the story-telling videos will be to explore the world of the sensory experience, and the importance of developing a strong and balanced emotional life as one moves through youth into adulthood.  All materials in the project will draw heavily on ideas currently used in recovery programs throughout the city, where overall “emotional sobriety” is the recognized objective of recovering alcoholics and drug addicts participating in AA and NA programs (Neither AA nor NA programs will be an explicit part of the program, though they may come up in documentary interviews).

By structuring the interview instruments around the easily-grasped concepts of sensory and emotional life, students and workshop members will discover that the gang experience represents a model for an impoverished sensory life – a model, however which is spread by modern media’s focus on a few core types of experience and motivation.  Recognizing the importance of a wider range of emotions in their lives (“The Many Colors of Emotion”), all participants will be challenged to develop a broader spectrum of possibilities – with the workshop providing suggestions of the many different routes to obtain a full and satisfying adult life – no matter what one’s social or economic status might be.

Basic Program Sequence

                During the first six months of the project, team members will be recruited, provided with basic interviewing and video editing skills, and., with the assistance of the Project Director, will produce two video shorts.  The first is to be a student-produced video documenting the stories and feelings of Trenton youth, focusing on the theme of emotional life, peer pressure, gangs, and impressions of ‘a full life’ obtained from the media.  The second video short will focus on the emotions of gang life and the emotional needs of the street.  It will be created in the youth detention center by two trustees with the assistance of the Assistant Director of the Project recruited from the staff of an existing recovery program. 

                The second phase of the project will create and test a series of workshop materials around the Phase One videos.  A third video short will be produced at that time with interviews of four ex-inmates (or gang-members) who have made good in society.   Professional outside evaluation will be brought in to help finalize the workshop materials for different venues – i.e. schoolroom settings, community groups, professional counselors, and recovery programs.  The fourth and final component of Phase Two will be to develop the program outreach, through a website, and advertising links on appropriate state and organizational web-sites.

                Two separate follow-on grant proposals will be developed during Phase 2.  The first is to develop and test program evaluation materials, looking at the efficacy of the “colors of emotion” metaphor to introduce the concept of emotional sobriety to kids of different ages.  The second proposal will be for a small administrative grant to support ongoing distribution of the program materials over the internet and to solicit workshop feedback and  program improvement for a fixed period.

Program Technology Requirements

                Three DVD Camcorders will be required, two for the student production and one for the inmate production.  Two video editing software users licenses will be required, as well as four standard desktop computers.

Evaluation

                Outside evaluators/consultants will be brought in early in the development of workshop materials, to assist in the development of pilot program assessments.  The appropriateness of the materials for different workshop venues will be assessed at this time, and pilot workshops will be carried out throughout Phase Two leading to a several sets of complete workshop formulas.   Minimally, classroom, community group, and recovery program workshops are currently envisioned at this time.   Each workshop program will be designed with assessment tools built into the objectives statements.  A follow-up grant proposal will be created to produce an internet-based assessment methodology, which will primarily evaluate the efficacy of the materials in developing new critical values among city youth.

II.               PROGRAM BUDGET

LINE ITEM

Total

City Support

Months 1-6

Months 7-12

Cost Components

Salaries

$50,000.00

0

$25,000

$25,000

 Project Director

$32,000.00

0

$16,000

$16,000

 Project Administration

$14000.00

0

$7000

$7000

Employee overhead: Social Security, benefits

Detention Facility Budget  (in committed manhours across facility)

$70,000.00  

$70,000.00               

0

0

extra shifts, evaluation, meetings, project interface & extra administration costs for detainees

Youth Documentary

$8,200.00

0

$8,200

0

Summer student wages @ $10/hr + soc.sec x 6 weeks x 3 students

Success Story Interviews

$3,800.00

0

0

$3,800

($300 honorarium + $150 entertainment/dinner + $500 production)=$950 x 4

Education Consultant  & Third Party Evaluations

$6,000.00

0

$2,500

$3,500

60 hrs @ $100/hr

Interview Consulting (Intern Training)

$1200.00

0

$600

$600

12 hrs  x $100/hr Network Consultant

Local promotion, DVD copies, mailing

$4,000.00

$4,000.00

0

0

4 Community meetings (refreshments etc @$250), Promotional materials, DVD copies, mailing

Equipment

$2,400.00

0

$2,400

0

3 x (digital cameras @ $700, cordless mikes @ $100),

Video and production Supplies

$1200.00

0

$600

$600

75 cassettes digital film @ $10, printer cartridges @ $30 x  5

Insurance

$4,000.00

0

$2,000

$2,000

 

Overhead (phone, gas, office support)

$8,000.00

$8,000.00

0

0

 

Computers                      

 

$4,800.00

$4,800.00

0

0

1200 x 4

Software:                 

$600.00

0

$600

0

Video editing (2 installations)

TOTAL BUDGET

$210,200.00

00

0

00

 

Subsidized (Shared) Costs

 

$86,800.00

0

0

 

Outside Funding Reqd

$123,400.00

00

$64,900.00

$58,500.00

 


Appendix 1. Program Participants and their Roles

§         Project Director will train participants to create video documentaries, develop workshop materials, evaluation program and follow-up grants, specify webpage and act as principle interface with the City of Trenton, The College of New Jersey, and community groups.

§         Project Assistant, an ex-convict recruited from employment with a Trenton Recovery Program will serve as principle interface with incarcerated youth team, supervise student teams, and act as program office coordinator.

§         ‘Trustee’ Incarcerated Gangmembers (2) will interview each other and other incarcerated gang members, acting as “emcees’ of the gang documentary “Like Moths to a Flame.”

§         High School Student Team (2) will interview and emcee the video program on teen perception of hopes for life’s experience: pressures from the media and their peers, creating an aura around gang participation.

§         College Student, from a Media Arts Program will supervise production of neighborhood video, serve as principle editor of video documentaries, and create program webpage.

§         Trenton Youth Detention Center Staff will provide scheduling and security support for selection of ‘Trustee’ Gang-member team, and the facilitation of interviews in detention center. 

Appendix 2.  Detailed 12 Month Program Schedule