Youth Breaking Borders
Youth Breaking Borders (YBB) is our intensive popular education and leadership program for immigrant and refugee youth. In YBB, youth produce media that explores critical issues faced by new immigrant youth and their communities; and distribute the pieces, in NYC and nationally, through film screenings, workshops and online delivery platforms to build broad-based support for immigrant youth and intergenerational social change efforts.
Community media in action
Community Media in Action links community social justice issues with youth media makers and community organizers for a compelling collaboration. The program provides trainings and support to NYC based social justice groups; including rapid response media production, live event coverage on social media, developing impactful messaging for campaigns, and public speaking. It is our response to the vital need for both media production and analysis in community organizing efforts. It's our attempt to support youth leadership, arts and media at the forefront of organizing for social change.
SupaFriends is GAP’s social justice media-arts leadership program for TLGBQ (Transgender, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Queer) youth in New York City. SupaFriends builds community and takes leadership in defining their issues and solutions; produces strategic, thought-provoking media expressing the unique stories and perspectives of TLGBQ youth. The media that is produced is used to facilitate discussions, and enter into public debates about issues that impact the lives of TLGBQ people, particularly who are low-income youth of color.
Movement History Timeline
The Movement History Timeline (MHT) is a web-based participatory digital timeline tool that engages artists, youth and educators as they explore the relationships between key pieces of media, popular culture and their own personal stories. Created in partnership with Research Action Design, the MHT includes a working digital prototype and curricula that enable users to generate new individual and community narratives about social issues by exploring the historical role of media in framing cultural, social and political narratives.
Learn how to make videos about issues you care about.
Events and updates
The C.O.R.E. - A Sci-Fi Immigrant/ Trans Youth Narrative on Resisting a Surveillance State
As educators, artists, activists, and users of digital media, it is critical to have stories, tools and practices to engage our speculative imaginations and envision a world where state surveillance is not equivalent to safety. Security should be found in our communities as we vow to protect and love each other. Join us at our workshop A Sci-Fi Immigrant/Trans Youth Narrative on Resisting a Surveillance State
on February 16th from 4pm-6pm at Barnard Research Centre for Women, for a conference on Subverting Surveillance. We'll be screening one of our newest films, The C.O.R.E., and discussing how we can keep each other safe in this new age where technology is both our strongest weapon, but also our greatest weakness. The conference will be held at 101 Barnard Hill - 3009 Broadway, New York, NY, 10027. To reserve tickets click here.
Supafriends and youth breaking borders
Do you want to share your perspective with the world? Do you want to uplift and create movies that reflect you and your community? It's important for media to represent our community in a fair and accurate way. GAP is passionate about creating stories that have a positive impact in the world. If you want to create meaningful and impactful films click here! Priority seeking low income people of color, immigrant and TLGBQ youth.
Activist leaders targeted by i.c.e.
Ravi Ragbi, Jean Montrevil and Maru Mora-Villalpando have been targeted by I.C.E. Ravi and Jean, who both work for the New Sanctuary Coalition of New York City, were arrested by I.C.E. and transported to Miami, FL to a detention center. Jean was arrested outside of his Rockaway, Queens home while Ravi was arrested during a check-in, in which he fainted after being informed that he was being deported. Maru Mora-Villalpando was served with a deportation letter while at home. Maru has been an outspoken activist for many years, and is the mother of an American citizen. These I.C.E. raids appear not only ruthless but also morally wrong, as shown in this video posted by ACLU of Southern California. I.C.E. agents usually use police vests giving the false idea that they are local Police Department. I.C.E. has also questioned people without warrants. This is something that has been happening since the Obama administration. Due to the current administration's apparent racist and xenophobic rhetoric, we have all become more concerned about these issues and they are at the front of the conversation. Immigrants have been surviving and we will continue to thrive. Now more than ever is the time to figure how we can help each other as a community of resilience.
UPDATE: Ravi has been released due to the organizing, activism and advocacy of our community. He was invited to Donald Trump's State of the Union Address and has commented on how his arrest, and the arrest, detention and deportation of other activists is "psychological warfare".