PSO intern bloggers address homelessness

PSOSpringInternPhoto2This spring, PugetSoundOff.org welcomed seven Seattle youth, ages 14-18, into an eight-week internship program. During the program, these intern bloggers learned about media literacy, digital photography, videography, and interviewing skills. They worked together to look at various issues that affect young people in Seattle, and decided on one issue to focus on for their time together: homelessness.

The seven interns participated in a research workshop with librarian Hayden Bass at Seattle Public Library, Central Branch, and an introduction to finding their voices as bloggers with Seattle Globalist’s Sarah Stuteville. In addition, they joined with youth from Parks and Recreation’s 206 Forward program to visit Mayor Murray and tour City Council chambers. They were able to ask Mayor Murray about his thoughts on why homelessness is such a big problem in Seattle, what some possible solutions are, and how the City is responding. The interns also partnered with New Horizons and did video interviews with young people experiencing homelessness, as well as some staff.

Their final event, “Cleaning the Lens on Homelessness,” will be a digital/live storytelling mashup, in which they present the video stories they collected. They will invite community members to share their own stories, poems, music, or other performances about homelessness, in an open mic. The event will be held Thursday, June 4, from 4:30-6:30 p.m., at the 2100 Building, 2100 24th Ave. S., Seattle, WA 98144. For more info, go here.  The PugetSoundOff youth civic engagement project is funded in part by the City of Seattle with support from Comcast.