History is Dangerous Schools Initiative: a series of workshops and tours that focus on civil rights, oral history, and cross-generational education. We were able develop these programs from the 200 oral histories the Jackson Center has conducted with the Northside, Pine Knolls, and other neighboring historically African-American communities in Chapel Hill over the last ten years, as well as historical documents and the presence and involvement of dozens of lifetime residents who were part of making history. We see each of the civil rights and oral history workshops as an opening to more collaborative educational programs we create in partnership with UNC-Chapel Hill and Chapel Hill-Carrboro teachers and schools. This individualized approach allows us to build modules that encompass teacher ideas and student creativity. We have worked at the elementary, middle, high school, and college levels.
Fusion Youth Radio (FYR) began as a summer audio production workshop for high school students to learn to tell their stories in their own words. Building on the initiative and inspiration of our first group of talented youth producers, FYR LIVE was born. FYR LIVE features youth spoken word artists, music, audio documentaries, and discussion around questions of social justice and concepts of community. Fusion Youth Radio is produced by youth for youth.