MIGIZI’s New Media Pathway completed a total of 32 media projects in the last three years, including documentary videos  and new media projects shown on YouTube and Facebook.

The highlight of the program over its first three years of operation has been the emergence of the Community Media teams as a training ground and revenue center for participating youth. Youth completing the summer media institute have the option of participating in community media team activities afterschool and weekends during the school year.  Edited videos become part of the digital archive of community cultural events that MIGIZI is creating and they are shared with the broader community through You Tube, Face Book, and other venues.  Youth-produced video have filmed events for pay not only metro-wide but throughout the state. Over the past year, the Community Media teams generated over $50,000 in media production contracts.

Join First Person Radio’s Laura Waterman Wittstock with Andy Driscoll as we talk with:

 Michelle LaGarde

Michelle is going into her Senior year at South High School. She participated in the Summer Media Institute in 2010 and is back again this year. When she graduates, she will go on to college and has her sights set on post baccalaureate programs to pursue her interests.

  Ashley Anderson

Ashley is a 2011 graduate of South High School. She is the mother of two children. This is her first summer participating in the Summer Media Institute, but she has grown a quick interest and ability in Media Arts.


 Nicole Stately 

Nicole graduated from South High School in June of this year. She is interested in going to college, but hasn’t made a decision as to where she would like to go. She is interested in studying Native American arts.


 Marie DeCoteau 

Marie has two tests left before she gets her GED. She has been involved in the Summer Media Institute for the past two summers and was significantly engaged in the Community Media Team in 2010 and 2011. Marie has a four year old daughter and looks forward to completing her solo media project documenting the Summer Media Institute.

 Valentin Strong

Valentin is a graduate of South High in Minneapolis June, 2011. Valentin’s interests include Media Arts and Photography and GRAHAM HARTLEY – Migizi Director of Programs