Storytelling at It’s Best: Youth Today Article

Storytelling at It’s Best: Youth Today Article

Storytelling at It’s Best: Youth Today Article

Storytelling at It’s Best: Youth Today Article, Media Production and Authentic Youth Voice: Joanna Kohler lays out three approaches to creating youth voice within media productions based on her experience as a youth, youthworker, youth media educator / advocate and over 18 years producing media.

Youth Today Article HERE

Youth Today is the only independent, nationally distributed newspaper that is read by thousands of professionals in the youth service field.

Some of the issues covered include:

  • Youth development
  • Juvenile justice
  • Gang and violence prevention
  • Adolescent health
  • Teen pregnancy, sex, and parenting
  • After-school programs and mentoring
  • Job training and school-to-work
  • Best practices
Youth Development as Community Development: TV Series Conversation

Youth Development as Community Development: TV Series Conversation

On May 11th, we kicked off a conversation with some of the Twin Cities wisest experts on youth development and engagement to ask the question “What are the most powerful lessons from Youth Development and Engagement that if adopted by the larger community, would transform the entire health of our communities and institutions?”  Huge THANK YOU to many of the folks who showed up, including; Minneapolis Youth Coordinating Board, MYC, Ignite MN, University of Minnesota’s Dale Blyth, Joyce Walker, ‘Don’t Believe the Hype’ producer Robin Hickman, SPNN Youth and CTEP, Bianca Rhodes, Louis Alemayehu, Shelly Graf, Marlina Gonzalez, Ariel Tilson, Deacon Warner, James Everett, Delroy Calhoun, and many more!!!  You all rocked a phenomenal conversation!!!


Huge thank you to Rebeka Ndosi and John Akre to be doing this work as a team!

Women chefs, restaurateurs work to “redefine” best food From Minneapolis to NY.

Women chefs, restaurateurs work to “redefine” best food From Minneapolis to NY.


The March magazine cover of Mpls.St. Paul magazine, where no women were included in its “Best Restaurants” photo, prompted local women chefs and restaurateurs to respond in unprecedented ways that included a letter to the public, as well as a film to be presented this weekend at the Women Chefs & Restaurateurs conference in New York City.

Filmmaker Joanna Kohler talked with four Minneapolis chef/restaurateurs to create “Women Chefs of the North”:  Kim Bartmann, who owns eight restaurants, including The Third Bird and Tiny Diner; Brenda Langton of Spoonriver; and Carrie Summer and Lisa Carlson, both of Chef Shack in Bay City, Wis., and Chef Shack Ranch and the Chef Shack food trucks.  The film, “Women Chefs of the North,” offers these recommendations for the media and for other women in the industry to improve the lives of their peers in the restaurant business.

1. A redefinition of what’s called “best food,” possibly to include an acknowledgement of different styles,  ethnicities and price points.

2. A change in the media’s presentation of the restaurant community to reflect its breadth and diversity.

3. The creation of a local network of women chefs and restaurateurs.

4. The support of young female chefs through a fast-track program with other women in the restaurant business around the country.

Find out more at Women Chefs and Restaurateurs of the Twin Cities. The Minneapolis women are proposing to bring the 2017 conference to the Twin Cities, says Lisa Carlson.

Aaron Thomas, Joanna Kohler, Maria Maria Tototzintle, Al molgram, Craig Rice


cineMN rocks out insightful interviews with current Minnesota Filmmakers screening in the upcoming Minneapolis – St. Paul International Film Festival.  Keep on the look out as these interviews are release before their screenings.

Capacity Building National Video Design

Afterschool in Small Cities: NLC Publication

Collaborating with the National League of Cities to create a video highlighting stories from small cities across the country while building local capacity for media, using existing footage and building on local resources, these stories come to life through a local lens.

Afterschool Success: Small Cities Lead Local Innovation is an online publication that brings to life promising afterschool initiatives in small towns and rural communities across America. This publication provides information on innovative practices and examples of afterschool successes in small cities. An accompanying video highlights successful afterschool programming in four small and/or rural communities and shows how these communities are working to meet the needs of children and youth through afterschool.