Documentary History Project for Youth Vol. 1 - "Philadelphia's Youth In Action: Agents Of Change"

Produced by: 
The Philadelphia Foundation's Youth Involvement Network

Documentary History Project for Youth Price:

Higher Education Institutions & Government Agency DVD | $139.00
K-12 & Public Libraries DVD | $79.00
Home Video DVD License – Restrictions Apply | $20.00



Scribe Video Center Program:

The Documentary History Project for Youth (DHPY) is an annual after-school, weekend and summertime digital media production workshop for middle and high school students. Each year, youth participants create short documentary films as a way to explore some aspect of the social, political and cultural history of Philadelphia. 


DHPY Students: Rasheda Belton, Yuk-Lin Chan, Miguel Ortiz, Suzann Petroski, Sultan Shakir, Lateefa Williams


Instructors: Hebert Peck Jr. & Miyoshi Smith


Film Summary:

Forget the stereotype of apathetic youth; it wasn't true then and it certainly isn't now. This history of youth activism in Philadelphia since the 1960s was produced by six high school students -- Rasheda Belton, Yuk-Lin Chan, Miguel Ortiz, Suzann Petroski, Sultan Shakir, and Lateefa Williams. Their collaboration neatly captures the rich stories of local activists, past and present, who discuss the roles young people have played and continue to play in the arena of social change. The exuberance and fearlessness of young people, when harnessed and directed in a positive way, has always been a prime ingredient in youth activism whether its fighting homophobia, anti-Puerto Rican prejudice, or helping fellow students work out answers to troublesome questions such as "What's wrong with school that makes the streets a better place to be?"



January 11, 1995 | "Youth In Action On TV 12," Star Newspaper
January 18, 1995 | "Trying to Tell A Vision: Six Teenagers Make A Documentary About Young Activists, Past and Present," by Michael McGettigan, Philadelphia Weekly
January 31, 1995 | "Youth Activism Highlighted in Documentary," Philadelphia Tribune,


Public Screenings, Broadcasts and Festivals: 

January 18, 1995 | Broadcast at 10pm on WHYY TV12 (Philadelphia, PA)