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“What are you “Determined” to do or be?”

Take a selfie of yourself Determined to do something and let us know on Twitter and other social media by using the #DeterminedTo hashtag and follow us: @DetermiNationMG

Vibrant posters at bus stops throughout Oakland are changing the conversation about the aspirations of the city’s young, black men. The poster series – “#DeterminedTo” – is a project of the DetermiNation Media Group, which was launched in 2012 by United Roots in partnership with Urban Peace Movement. DetermiNation engages Oakland’s young black men striving to achieve their professional, educational, or personal goals. Participants develop media production skills and produce short films, music, and graphic designs to share personal stories and craft a new vision of what is possible for young people of color. DetermiNation is doing a #DeterminedTo campaign, and we are specifically inviting young men of color from across California to tweet a photo of what they are #DeterminedTo do for their communities.

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DetermiNation is available for collaboration with other agencies doing Boys & Men of Color programs and projects. DetermiNation is managed by Galen Silvestri (Executive Director of United Roots) and Nicole Lee (Executive Director of Urban Peace Movement) with facilitation and program coordination by Prince White and Adimu Madyun, and media production instruction provided by Rafael Flores of Green Eyed Media and Shakeam Campbell. For more information please email: contactus@determinationmedia.org

In Spring 2013 DetermiNation began a collaboration with the Alliance for Boys & Men of Color, part of The California Endowment’s “All of our Sons & Brothers” Health Happens Here campaign. DetermiNation program is a youth-led media hub for the Alliance for Boys & Men of Color, and the training program is designed to support the success and development of young men of color.

Watch the following short film to learn more about the DetermiNation program:

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