This year, Youth Voices started to expand partnerships with faculty and staff from multiple departments, the pursuit of this work has also emerged what we’re calling Hartland Scholars. Hartland Scholars is an early-college credit program, centering on the youth, values, and experiences of the community we work with while challenging the expectations and barriers that exist in other early admissions programs.

As part of this growing pathway, students this semester have been taking Introduction to Film 1110 at Hartland, instructed by Joshua Samson. Throughout the course, students have been learning technical and artistic aspects of filmmaking, representation of stereotypes, and the basics of film production. Youth also be made their own short films, as a form of counter-narrative to Hollywood representations.

Additionally, the students worked on a podcast series that investigated who makes decisions about what youth learns in K-12 schools.