About VFC

The Chester Voices for Change (VFC) program worked with teens (aged 13-18) from Chester, PA to give them the opportunity to share their stories with a broader audience through media production projects. Running through the City of Chester’s Department of Parks & Recreation, VFC originally started as a summer program in 2009 and is started an after school program in the fall of 2010. VFC stopped running as a program in the spring of 2011 due to a lack of staff availability.

The program focused on first training youth film producers by coaching them through the entire film production process, helping them to make a short movie about issues and ideas that are important to them. VFC hoped to expand to serve the wider Chester community by providing video teams to work with local organizations to produce a short video for the organization.

The 2009 Summer Institute

The six-week long 2009 Summer Institute was the first iteration of VFC.  It allowed 10 teen participants to work together on a youth media project of the group’s choosing. The group decided to work together to create one, 45-minute film, with help and guidance from local college volunteers. The film was called “Through Our Eyes,” and it can be seen by clicking here.

In addition, the teens gained experience with radio production and hosting through weekly radio instruction sessions run by Cory “DJ Cory AK” Long, director and founder of Team MAC. As a final portion of the program, participants served as part-time interns with local businesses to gain more experience in the world of journalism and communications. Through their internships with  the Chester Spirit, the Chester Spotlight, Nazca Communications, and MAC Entertainment Association, participants gained valuable work experience and built relationships with local business owners.

The Lang Opportunity Scholarship Program

The 2009 Summer Institute was the Lang Opportunity Scholarship Project of Joslyn Young, Swarthmore College class of 2010. Eugene M. Lang Opportunity Scholarship grants are awarded each year to as many as six members of the sophomore class who are selected by a special committee on the basis of distinguished academic and extracurricular achievement and demonstrated commitment to civic and social responsibility. Stipends are based on financial need and take the form of full grants up to the amount of total College charges. Each Lang Scholar is also eligible for a paid summer internship, funds for educational enhancement, and a budget of up to $10,000 to support a service project, which, in the opinion of the staff of the Lang Center for Civic and Social Responsibility, will facilitate social change in a significant way. Scholars whose final projects are completed are eligible for a fellowship of $10,000 for graduate study, payable at $5,000 per year for each year of graduate school up to two years. The Opportunity Scholars Program is made possible by the gift of Eugene M. Lang ’38.

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