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"I am OMI" - Digital Video Camp

OMI Summer Video Summer Youth Camp Concludes
On August 1, 2003, the OMI community had a chance to gather and see the neighborhood's past and future intersect as the youth from the "I am OMI" summer Digital Video Camp showed their work.

Instructor Amanda Herman had let the 12 kids in the month-long program shoot video, interview neighbors, create their own "stories" and edit the footage, so it wasn't surprising she let them host the event as well.

About 50 friends, family, and neighbors watched interviews with familiar business and community leaders; "then and now" images of local landmarks; and segments in which the filmmakers read poetry, gave tours of their homes, and showed off their family members.

The young filmmakers received certificates of achievement and $50 each for completing the program---paid for their efforts to preserve OMI history while learning new technology, meeting their neighbors, and getting a chance to show off their creativity.

Thanks to Amanda, and the terrific volunteer work of Carlos at the Western Addition Tech Center. WNP will partner again with the OMI Beacon Center and SafeHaven to have a similar afterschool program in the fall. We'll be showing these videos to the community in the future and will get some of these great stories on the Web site!

I am OMI crowd watches video

Images: 1) Receiving the Certificate of Completion; 2) Crowd watches Dionne Roberts talk about the Oceanview library. (Both WNP photos.)

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This project is made possible by a grant from the CALIFORNIA COUNCIL FOR THE HUMANITIES with generous support from the San Francisco Foundation, as part of the Council's statewide California Stories Initiative. The COUNCIL is an independent non-profit organization and a state affiliate of the NATIONAL ENDOWMENT FOR THE HUMANITIES. For more information on the Council and the California Stories Initiative, visit www.californiastories.org.

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