Back to Community Voice Project Home It was at Morehouse College where Ayize had a watershed moment: He realized he had come from a long line of black folk involved in the struggle for justice. So began his work to build schools like M.O.M.I.E.S. TLC which has reached 10,000 kids over ten years. In collaboration with Mandy Cooper. Moving from one war zone (Nicaragua) to another (14th and Park Road in the 1980’s,) Luis first used his talent as a street artist to reflect the battles for turf around him. Now, he creates messages of love and beauty so that young people are not overwhelmed by their still-harsh surroundings. In collaboration with Efrain Ramirez. Questioning everything since she was a child, Jennifer uses photography to shake and wake people to think for themselves. In collaboration with Sara Gama. Finding music and dance to be a joyful release -- Kim takes her moves to the kitchen, the park and the laundromat! In collaboration with Leah Jones. Brought up by strong women yet living in a patriarchal culture, Gene rediscovers for himself the lineage of women that shaped his life. In collaboration with Robin Svendsen. Throughout public school, Tendani escaped the world of guns, drugs and girls by absorbing himself in building things. Today as a multi-media artist, musician and teacher, he uses all that he has to build his community. In collaboration with Jacqui Langer and Matt Sutton. A choreographer and minister, Pastor Void uses music and dance to spread the gospel and help people express themselves, teaching people -- especially women -- life skills, and confidence. In collaboration with Alisa Morse & Jenny Harper. Kristen turned from her work as a successful book designer, to create a color transformation project, using art to heal anyone in need of help – from young children to community elders. In collaboration with Natalie Hill. A single mother raised in the South reflects upon some of her life's many lessons. Discovering the secret to life, she turns inward, healing herself through exercise, nutrition, and spiritual practice. In collaboration with Delana Listman. In collaboration with Delana Listman "[The film] tells the story about our organization that we can share with future students, potential volunteers, funders and board members." Organization: Brainfood. Filmmakers: Sarah Farhat, Connor Krone, Amy Pavlik. This video was created by students as part of the course UNSEEN AND UNHEARD: Documentary Storytelling in the Other Washington. Produced by Debralyn Andres, Edwin Mah, Julie Maldonado and Andrew Merrill. A local non-profit, Community Bridges, runs programs that aim to empower young girls in the area. Produced by Katy Daily, Michelle Nelson, and Stephanie Vann. As her father’s strength and memory wanes in his final years, Marialuz recalls her father’s dream for his daughter and how she weaves his wishes with her own personal and professional calling to become a doula. In collaboration with Kathleen McLaughlin and Evan Mileusnic. "The DC Youth Orchestra Program accepts all students and provides them with music classes and ensemble training for those who wish to participate." Produced by Kimberly Byden, Shayna Cohen, and Ted Samuel. A twenty-five year old woman recounts her ongoing journey to become her ‘best self’ and the strong and loving mother she knows she can be. In collaboration with Lauren Kendrick Born and raised in Washington, DC, Cecilia’s father, a Master Sargent in the Buffalo Soldier’s Regiment, instilled in her the importance of education, the need for social justice and the right to protest when times demanded it. In collaboration with Holly Wiencek & Kyriakos Iliadis. Then a student at Howard University in 1967, Dera Tompkins describes the takeover of Howard University as a life-changing moment when she realized “We could DO something! And we did!” In collaboration with Davis Shoulders & Alexa Johnson. Surrounded by art his entire life and now a musician, writer, actor, and painter, Jay is dedicated to teaching arts to children with autism and other special conditions. In collaboration with Anedra Edwards. The Alexandria Seaport Foundation offers paid work-based apprentice programs in boatbuilding to help disadvantaged youths develop the discipline, self confidence, workshop and social skills necessary to compete their GED and find a job. Produced by Ryan Baker, Lois Lipman, and Mira-Sophie Potten. Growing up listening to Go Go music, John teaches and practices his own “Beat Your Feet” dance moves to young people. Fusing dance with other types of knowledge to teach life skills – like geometry! In collaboration with Nicole Wisler. A student leader at the Howard University recalls the transformative moment when students took over the Administration building, “putting everything on the line… When you come out of that… you’re a changed person.” In collaboration with Joe Tamayo & Alex Lacson.