Today I’ve contributed my first story to the Classroom Publishing blog of Ooligan Press at Portland State University. While it’s easy to think of classroom publishing as a process that’s stuck on paper, we at the CP blog like to think of it as an empowering creative process that allows students to put their voice out in a form that generates feedback. This could be a chapbook, a literary magazine, a newspaper, or a podcast, a blog, or a video, or any number of things.
In the case of 14 youth working with Outside In (a Portland non-profit that helps homeless youth move toward health and self-sufficiency), classroom publishing has taken the form of a 90-minute video series, which premieres Aug. 31 inside the Portland Art Museum. The 10 videos address teen sexual health with creativity and without scare tactics. I am proud to even have the small role of helping announce the project, but the filmmakers and their project partners are even prouder. Here’s the story!