Student Partnerships

We believe that the community partners are the real teachers in the VIC course.

Students partner with community organizations to create documentaries, informational films, public awareness and advocacy media, dramatic shorts and marketing tools. Since 2003, they have addressed issues such as homelessness, hunger, child abuse, gangs, environmental responsibility, media literacy, girls’ issues, veterans housing, and others.

Choose from the list below:
2011 Partners
2010 Partners
2007 Partners
2006 Partners
2005 Partners
2004 Partners
2003 Partners

2011 Community/Student Partnerships

Vista Community Clinic, Choices Teen Clinic
VCC operates two teen clinics that serve approximately 700 youth each month with free, confidential reproductive health visits. The teen clinic is staffed primarily by teens and serves as a healthcare workforce development opportunity for many local high school students. The purpose of the video is to introduce potential teen patients to the teen clinic and explain what happens when they come in for a visit.

Palomar YMCA
This organization requested a short video to be used by the YMCA marketing department to tell the “Y” story to potential YMCA members and donors. The purpose of this video is to raise awareness of the YMCA in the community and to assist in the annual support campaign fundraising goals to provide financial assistance to people who would not otherwise be able to afford our programs. It focuses on six of the YMCA’s program for youth and adults.

Interfaith Community Services, Transitional Youth Academy
The Transitional Youth Academy is a program that serves at-risk youth in the tri-city communities of Oceanside, Vista, and Carlsbad. TYA is a prevention and intervention program offering intensive behavioral health and crisis intervention counseling, as well as case management, educational supportive services, vocational development, and life skills training. The purpose of the video is to raise awareness of the program in the community, and to serve as a fundraiser for the program by foregrounding the youth’s experience personal change through TYA.

San Diego County Office of Education, Foster Youth Services and Homeless Education Programs
Student Support Services
The San Diego County Office of Education’s Foster Youth and Homeless Education Services responds to, assists, and empowers all systems that support students who are in foster care or are homeless to achieve academic success. The purpose of the video is to raise awareness on the issue of youth homelessness and would be utilized for training and awareness proposes for districts, county, and community providers.

San Diego County Office of Education, Foster Youth and Homeless Education Services Program
Student Support Services
The Foster Youth and Homeless Education Services Programs focuses on improving the educational outcomes of wards and dependents, ages 4 to 21, residing in licensed children's institutions, foster family agency and county foster homes as well as those students and families who are experiencing homelessness. The purpose of the video is to promote and expand the Tutor Connection Program which is a community based program which provides high quality tutoring to youth currently in or emancipated from foster care in San Diego County.

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2010 Community/Student Partnerships

Operation Hope
Operation Hope is the regional shelter for homeless women and families with children. Students worked with Operation Hope to develope and produce videos that raise awareness of the services they offer and can be used for marketing purposes.

The Brother Benno Foundation
Brother Benno’s is a non-profit, all-volunteer organization that has been committed to serving the poor and homeless in San Diego North County since 1983. The provide food, shelter and rehabilitation services for families and children. Students developed and produced a video that educates people about what their services are and is used for educational and fund-raising purposes.

Stepping Up: Youth Academic Mentoring
Stepping Up! is an intergenerational after school mentoring program for 3rd-5th graders that focuses on academic achievement, healthy relationships and smart choices. Stepping Up and CSUSM students developed and produced a video based on the theme of “investments” in regards to recruiting community mentors to work with elementary students. The video is intended to show the personal and civic benefits of becoming a community mentor, and urge people to take on this meaningful challenge.

Interfaith Community Services
The video bring awareness to their Veterans Housing Program, with an emphasis on a fundraising initiative: a capital campaign, called Lifting Up Our Neighbors. The video is used to promote the program and highlight the opportunity for loyal and prospective donors, philanthropic foundations, or community organizations and groups to both learn about this program and to invite them to participate in the campaign.

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2007 Community Partners

Vista Sheriff’s Department and CSUSM Computer Science Department
Interactive Learning Game to Educate Youth About the Consequence of Gang Affiliation
Computer Science students and Video students work together to produce an interactive “tool” or game which will education 4th graders about the consequences of being in a gang. The target area is the area known as “Townsite”.  Townsite is a neighborhood facing cultural, social, and economical challenges by its residents. While multiple activities have been implemented to address the problem of gangs in the neighborhood, program participants continue to identify gangs as a major concern for the neighborhood. This project may be used in classrooms, after school programs, or on the Internet.

The Center for Community Solutions
The Center for Community Solutions is a sexual assault and domestic violence prevention organization.  This video focuses on sexual assault at the university, and is meant to educate the viewer about what constitutes sexual assault amongst college students. The video is used in presentations and outreach by the university and the center, and helps people understand how they can become better educated and involved in stopping sexual assault.

Girls Incorporated of San Diego County
Girls Inc.’s mission is to inspire all girls to be strong, smart, and bold. This short video takes the form of a “video business card” and will act as a call to action for businesses and individuals, and is meant to convey the need for Girls Inc in our community today. The video represents how Girls Inc. encourages girls to consider the messages/expectations imposed on them by the media, view themselves as leaders and free thinkers, and to strive to reach their full potential. It is designed to move viewers to support the mission of Girls Inc, become aware and be involved.

California Environmental Protection Agency and the CSUSM Psychology Department
For the past four years, a group of students and faculty from CSUSM have worked with the California EPA to create messages encouraging proper disposal of hazardous waste by residents. Computer Science students and Video students will work together to create a series of humorous radio and television public service announcements (PSAs) promoting proper used oil disposal among Latino immigrants.

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2006 Community Partners

Girls, Inc.
“Safe in My World” is a series of PSA’s and dramatic shorts about safety and violence prevention for teen girls. Working with girls from Latina Unidas, a girl’s club at Vista High School organized by Girls Inc., university students worked with the girls to develop videos about prevention of violence against girls. Focusing on abusive boyfriends, the videos educate teenage girls about the signs of abuse and where to go for help.

Hope Through Housing
The Southern California housing Development Corporation, a nonprofit affordable housing provider, established the Hope Through Housing Foundation to provide low-income men, women, and children safe, clean, affordable housing and other community resources that promote entire neighborhood revitalization. College students produced a video that tells the story of affordable housing through the personal experiences of Hurricane Katrina evacuees, families that are victims of domestic violence, and others. The video is used to educate both government officials and neighborhood residents about how affordable housing can be the first step towards self-sufficiency and self-improvement.

Escondido Community Garden
Escondido Community Gardens
The City of Escondido is home to one of the most unique gardening programs in the state. The City boasts three community gardens with over 145 garden plots available for residents to use. Although the City supports the gardens, community volunteers manage each of them individually. University students worked with members of the Escondido Community Garden to create an interactive DVD and video that is used to education people on how to start and maintain a community garden. The community garden sustains a rich diversity of gardeners from several cultural, socio-economic and physically-abled backgrounds and situations. The video is also used to appeal for funds from the City Council and other supporting agencies to maintain the garden’s basic services.

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2005 Community Partners

Organization: Casa de Amparo
Since 1978, Casa de Amparo has provided safe emergency shelter and state-of-the-art treatment and intervention services for abused and neglected children throughout San Diego County.
CSUSM students produced a short promotional video that highlights the services of Casa de Amparo. The video is used as a marketing tool and appeal for funding and support.

Girls, Inc.
This national nonprofit youth organization is dedicated to inspiring all girls to be strong, smart, and bold.
CSUSM students produced a short promotional video used as a marketing tool for the organization. The video is used to raise awareness of Girls, Inc. services, to raise funds, and to encourage support for the organization.

City of Vista
Vista Road Rules

CSUSM students work with Vista area high school students in journalism and media to create short videos (dramatic or PSA) dealing with the issue of driver safety (i.e. driving under the influence, speeding/racing, seat belt usage). These were played on the high school's cable networks during selected classes. The focus is on seat belt use, D.U.I. and drag racing.

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2004 Community Partners

North County Lifeline, Inc.
CSUSM students work with members of Lifeline to create bilingual public service announcements for cable or network TV addressing the earned income tax credit (E.I.T.C.).

San Pasqual Reservation, Even s\Start program
Even Start Family Literacy Program
Even Start funds local educational agencies (LEAs) and community-based organizations to plan and coordinate services to help parents gain the skills needed to become full partners in the education of their young children. Working with California artists and poet, Professor Brandon Cesmat, and a diverse, rural population of parents, student collaborate in the creation of an interactive DVD that brings together the activities in the Even Start workshops. These include writing, interviews, and visual arts.

Y Teens Earth Service Corps, Palomar Family Y;
Daley Ranch; Literature and Writing Students

This program is for youth to learn more about themselves and their environment. This project is a creative environmental writing and video project in collaboration with YMCA youth and Daley Ranch. Middle School youth work with Daley Ranch Rangers, CSUSM Graduate students in Creative Writing, Professor Lance Newman and video students in this class to create youth impressions about the park and nature, history of land use, urban and rural conflict, effect of the fires and other subjects. Videos are experimental, documentary or informational.

Girls, Inc./Latinas Y Que
This national nonprofit youth organization is dedicated to inspiring all girls to be strong, smart, and bold.
This is projects brings together dance, video and outreach. Students work with high school girls' club, "Latinas Y Que", to create a dance video which provides the girls a platform for creative expression and self-confidence.  The video will also be used as a Girls, Inc. as a promotional piece. Video students collaborate with dance students from Professor Karen Schaffman's choreography class. They serve as mentors to girls as artists, technologists and college students.

Media Arts Center San Diego; Sunset Highschool;
Solana Center for Environmental Innovation

The Solana Center for Environmental Innovation (SCEI) is a non-profit organization dedicated to environmental education, resource conservation, and sustainable agriculture. CSUSM students with media artist/activists as video assistants in after school (Sunset Highschool) youth media program to create videos and PSA's about recycling and the environment.

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2003 Community Partners

Media Arts Center, San Diego (MACSD)
Teen Producer Program

Media Arts Center San Diego is an activist and community based media organization for cultural development and community building.  CSUSM students teach teens media production and literacy in after school programs in North County San Diego and the San Diego/Tijuana Border Region. The majority of teens are part of the Migrant Education Program.

Girls, Inc.
CSUSM students work with high school girls' club, "Latinas Y Que", to create a promotional video about their social service and cultural activities; students serve as mentors to girls as artists, technologists and college students.

Vista Community Clinic
Vista Community Clinic provides high quality comprehensive primary health care and health education to meet the needs of community members, with a focus on those in need because of economic, social or cultural barriers. CSUSM students work with members of Clinic to create three public service announcements for cable or network TV addressing their primary care services.

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“The VIC course enabled me to learn video production skills and apply those techniques in a hands-on environment while also helping better my community,” said Sarah Taylor, who helped produce an eight-minute video for the Vista Community Clinic’s teen center.

“It’s an inspiring experience to hear and capture the stories, struggles and triumphs of people in my community, and then, using their testimony, produce a video that empowers others to take action,” said CSUSM senior art and technology student Lauren Radel.