Connected LYFE is a digital storytelling project designed to connect young people through their shared experiences. LYFE, (Leading Youth to Find Empowerment) is a Filipino American youth organization and part of FAHSI (Filipino American Human Services, Inc.) based out of Queens, New York that welcomes all young people from all backgrounds. Connected LYFE is summer workshop series that will teach young people how to write, create, and publish their own digital stories. This project encourages young people who may be isolated geographically, generationally, or socially to connect with others to find strength, support, camaraderie and community. Using technology and new media, youth will learn how to write, produce, and share their stories in a way that is compelling, creative, and safe. These stories may be personal narratives, biographies, profile pieces, or journalistic in nature. In addition to creating diverse digital stories, the youth will be contributing to an online space in which their media creations are an entry point to discuss issues that are pertinent to them, such as high school, college admissions, immigration, family, sexuality, and bullying.
While the summer program will consist of media workshops, the participants will become community moderators who care for the online space throughout the year. Further, the youth will select and reach out to other youth organizations around the world and invite them to our discussions. They will create, invite and curate online content. The young people who participate in the summer program will engage in discussions and debates about what is appropriate to share online and who should make those choices. The summer portion of the program will be located in Queens, New York at the Philippine American Community Center. Young people from 14 to 18 are welcome to join us as we make media about our lives and connect!