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Intellectual Disabilities Project

The intellectual disabilities project focuses on the treatment of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities over the past 50 years.


Military Personnel Project

The Military Personnel Project focuses on Americans' military service from the mid-20th century to the present. We are looking at the changing demographics of military personnel, our nation’s support and treatment of service people, and the impact the military has had on people’s lives. To answer these questions, we interviewed men and women who have served in any branch of the armed forces and in any war with U.S. involvement since World War II, and people who have been involved at home, such as family members of military personnel, veterans' rights activists, and medical, religious, and educational professionals who provide services to veterans. 


Letters to the Future

Letters to the Future is a commissioned project by the City of Champaign, IL for its 150th anniversary celebration.  The city hired Illinois Public Media to teach youth to create a multimedia presentation featuring pioneering residents of Champaign talking about what Champaign was like back in the day, what they think it will be like in 2060 and advice they have for future residents.  The youth-produced piece will be shown at the Sesquicentennial's closing ceremony in Spring of 2011 and archived here.


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Will Patterson

Year Seven of the Youth Media Workshop

Participants from all three middle schools in Champaign, IL investigate a subject of interest to them from an intergenerational perspective with the help of community members whom they interview and then edit those interviews into video stories with help from their mentor/teachers.



Erma Bridgewater

I Remember, I Believe

I Remember, I Believe is a nine-part radio series featuring the experiences of two African-American women, Erma Bridgewater of Champaign and Ruby Hunt of Urbana.The radio stories are part of a larger series of interviews with four local African-American women who shared their life experiences in 2005 and 2006 with eight Youth Media Workshop participants from Franklin Middle School.


A collection of photos of the students who produced Inspiration Radio

Inspiration Radio

The heart of Inspiration Radio:  Relationships That Matter to Youth is a conversation between Youth Media Workshop participants and someone important to them.  We modeled this year’s project after StoryCorps, an independent nonprofit project whose mission is to honor and celebrate one another’s lives through listening.



Three drummers drumming outside the Art Theatre

And the Beat Goes On

This mini-documentary begins to tell the story of the Douglass Center Drum Corps and Drill Team in Champaign-Urbana, Illinois, during its heyday in the late 1960s and asks the question, “Who will carry on the tradition and provide this important social outlet for young black men and women today?”