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1.YES was founded in 1994 based on work started in the Campostella Square community of Chesapeake, Virginia in 1990.
2.The work in 1990 yielded a music video called “Steppin’ into the Light” that was completed by a group of teens from the community and aired nationally on Black Entertainment Television (BET).
3.In the fall of 1994, YES worked with high schools in Chesapeake, VA, Wilkinsburg, PA, Chicago, IL, and Carlmont, CA to launch school-based after school media clubs targeting at-risk students.
4. In the summer of 1995, YES launched the first TV/film camp and invited 25 participants from the four national pilot programs. The camp was held on the campus of Hampton University and Hollywood notables like Dawn Lewis (A Different World) and film producer Monty Ross (Do the Right Thing, Malcolm X) worked alongside the teens to produce a TV pilot project called “Nu School.”
5. In the summer of 1996, YES held the second TV/film camp and participants produced a children’s project called “Hip Hop’s Park”. YES also launched a sportscasting camp that summer with assistance from executives and sportscasters from CBS Sports, ESPN, CNN Sports, and the New York Daily News.
6. In the summer of 1997, YES took a major step forward when a participant of the 1995 camp, Adam Ballard, was provided with the opportunity to direct a professional film crew and produce a public service announcement for the Boys and Girls Clubs.
7. In the summer of 1998, YES made an important leap and moved headlong into the hip-hop music industry. YES worked with the Archdiocese of Boston and the Boston Ten-Point Coalition to operate a Music Production Camp on the campus of Regis College.
8. In 1999, YES adjusted it’s strategy toward building community-based multimedia studios in at-risk neighborhoods.
9. From 2000 through 2004 YES partnered with a wide variety of youth serving organizations in the Hampton Roads region, around the United States and in London, England. Examples include Boys and Girls Clubs, YMCA, Churches, and youth
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Ms. Washington is responsible for program management and production for YES. YES is a non-profit youth development agency that targets youth at-risk and provides training in media arts and technology founded in 1993.
Ms. Washington is a television producer and former casting director for award winning programs produced for CBS, ABC, and the Family Channel. She is a professor of communication at Norfolk State University and previously served as an adjunct professor at Hampton University. She earned an MA in communication at Regent University and a BA from Towson State University.