The CREATE Lab’s Hear Me 101 project this summer helped Wilkinsburg students produce a short documentary, “Wilkinsburg: The Way We See It,” which the students will screen at 6 p.m. Monday at Hosanna House, 807 Wallace Ave., Wilkinsburg.
The film highlights innovative projects in Wilkinsburg, including redevelopment initiatives by Penn State University. The students hope they can change the perception of the community as an impoverished area into that of a thriving business district.
“We want to show people the good things about our community,” said filmmaker Sophia Bennett.
The students interviewed local stakeholders, shot videos, and edited the film with the F.U.S.E. afterschool program in Wilkinsburg, with assistance from the Hear Me 101 project.
The video documentary also can be viewed on YouTube.
Hear Me 101 is programmed by a group of professional organizations dedicated to producing and promoting youth voice to inspire social change, including the CREATE Lab, the Consortium for Public Education, Pittsburgh Center for the Arts Youth Media Program, and the Western PA Writing Project.