We had two great workshops with youth who are homeschooled around Philadelphia. In groups of four they each made a short skit, all comedic. The topics ranged from magic shows, to homeschoolers during the summer, to an infomercial for instant mustache formula. The students showcased their creativity and quick collaborative skills, all very impressive!
The video skits were awesome, but didn't necessarily fit what we ultimately want in the It was helpful to see how restrictions can shift the content of the videos we create. Specific prompts about personal experiences, or stories from their neighborhoods, will get videos about those topics. While an wide-open prompt can be confusing and challenging. Next time we'll offer specifics as to what the facilitator is looking for content-wise, as well as framing and titles.
When we work with young people it makes a huge difference to have a parent, teacher, or counselor in charge of the necessary release forms. This was something that came up a great deal when we held drop-in hours at both libraries. Many of the people who were interested in making videos were under 18, however, we need photo and video release forms signed by a parent or guardian in order to use any of the footage young people create with us. We want to include young people whenever possible, and with the cooperation of the homeschooling parents we were able to make it happen. Moving forward, we'll want to be sure there is at least one adult coordinating with us to get release forms filled out and submitted.