CMAP Launches Broadband Awareness Campaign & Youth Council

Funny Video! MLK Day, CMAP's new broadband awareness campaign, and opportunities to get involved in youth media programs!

In 2011, CMAP was fortunate to have received federal stimulus funds through the Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP). These funds will provide three years of support to the organization to provide digital literacy programs in San Benito County, and support media programs in southern Santa Clara County as well. 

For the broadband awareness campaign, CMAP created this clever video to encourage youth and local residents to watch television online. Check it out!


In the first year of the program, CMAP has opened an office in Hollister, providing media and technology services to local residents and to youth. As a result, the organization is serving over 500 youth in both counties with 21st Century job training programs.

I've posted some recent videos featuring a youth program in partnership with the Youth Alliance where teen moms created an excellent pregnancy prevention video, an interesting PSA by San Martin's 4-H Club, and two exceptional programs produced by adults: Arts 101, covering monthly events featuring artists in Gilroy and Hollister and, Going Green, a program from the San Benito Chamber of Commerce on green business development. 

At the invitation of Gilroy City Councilmember, Peter Leroe-Muñoz, I recently participated in a Women in Business and Technology event at Gilroy High School on November 17th. We spoke with about 25 girls about our experiences in media and technology. About 18 of the attendees indicated an interest in learning about media and technology. We can't wait to get started with an all-girls film program!

If a student or an educator you know is interested in taking or providing media literacy classes at their school, please have them contact Spencer Wilkinson, CMAP's Media Education Manager, at Spencer@cmap.tv or by calling CMAP at 408.846.4983. 

Some of CMAP's 2011 Youth Projects include: 

Brownell Middle School, Gilroy: Seventeen students participated in the first meeting on October 26th and fourteen in the second week. Students will work on video projects in small groups focused on “Stories of Courage” and PSA projects. 

Tommy Rodriguez, Gilroy High School and STAMP program graduate, joined the program as a program assistant. Media students will work on Brownell’s commemoration of the 150-year anniversary of the Civil War.

YMCA After School Programs: CMAP staffers, James Duisenberg and Joanna Cyprys are teaching three after-school programs with the YMCA of San Benito County. Students are in their 5th week of a 6-week program. The 2011-2012 school year began a new format for the YMCA program and the students will attend an accelerated program of 6 weeks, and will focus on creating a short video and PSA.

Students have been developing stories around themes of, “Emergency Preparedness” and “Communication Between Parents and Children.”

San Benito Youth Council: A new program in Hollister, youth can sign up and receive financial support for their volunteer work with this digital literacy program. Participants are currently organizing a community-wide event in Hollister for Martin Luther King, Jr Day on January 16th, 2012, which will include a book drive for the San Benito Library and a community fair with nonprofit booths and activities.

If you'd like to volunteer your time to get involved in MLK Day in Hollister, or to volunteer with CMAP TV, please call us at 408.846.4983 or email cmaptv@gmail.com. Or, come follow us: CMAP TV on Facebook and Twitter!

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