Our Projects

Ferguson Phoenix

The Ferguson Phoenix is our newest project and was launched on December 28, 2015 with an accompanying website. It was founded in the aftermath of the fatal shooting of Mike Brown by the police in Ferguson, MO. That incident became a flashpoint of police and community relations in the country.

The Ferguson Phoenix provides the young people the opportunity to tell their community's stories in their own voice. In addition the youth receives first-hand experience building a business from the ground up.
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Manor Ink

Manor Ink is a library-based, youth-led newspaper, in print and online at manorink.com. It was founded in the Livingston Manor Free Library (serving an upstate New York district of 3,483) in February of 2012. Manor Ink was born to provide teens with employment skills while giving the community a local news source. A core group of 15 young people ages 9 to 19 meet weekly in the library with dedicated adult mentors. In an era when local newspapers and small libraries are struggling, Manor Ink has brought vitality to both and an expression of hope to a careworn community.
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Coal Cracker

Coal Cracker is written and photographed by young people of the Coal Region. It's a forum for young ideas, a place for young people to express themselves—not just among themselves—but for people of every age, to see and to hear their unique perspectives on what it means to live here—whether they were born and raised here or whether they are new to the Coal Region.
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The Watershed Post

We are the fiscal sponsor of The Watershed Post, a website that serves five New York state counties posting good numbers both for readership and revenues.
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