Please join us on Saturday, September 21, from noon to 3 pm as we celebrate our Cycle One graduates.
Sponsored by the Women's Fund of Long Island (WFLI) and the John J. Byrne Community Center, LIGT trains teen girls ages 13 to 18 from the Uniondale, Hempstead, Roosevelt, and Freeport School Districts to create their own media. Participants learn how to produce, research, write, film, edit, cast, direct and star in their own weekly television show about women’s issues in their communities. By creating their own television show, the girls embrace a strategy for independence which allows them to promote positive representations of themselves in the media. In addition, they will explore careers and learn technical skills nontraditional for women.
Pramila Venkateswaran, poet laureate of Suffolk
County, Long Island, and author of Thirtha (Yuganta Press, 2002) Behind Dark Waters (Plain View Press,
2008), Draw Me Inmost (Stockport
Flats, 2009), and Trace (Finishing
Line Press, 2011), is an award winning poet who teaches English and Women’s
Studies at Nassau Community College, NY. She is the 2011 Walt Whitman
Birthplace Association Long Island Poet of the Year.
My journey at NCC began in the fall of 2010. I
thought that coming in at 26 years-old would be difficult, but the advisors and
professors that I was lucky to work with all assured me that my journey would
be successful. Having the positive experiences outweigh the negative, I
am happy to say, three years later, that I am glad that NCC was my first step
in my educational path towards success. I will be graduating from Nassau
with a great GPA, as a member of Phi Theta Kappa and as a published writer.
Every day women are objectified by the media.The media creates false images and ideas of
what a “real” woman is supposed to look, act, and be.We see this portrayal in both men’s and
women’s magazine ads, T.V. commercials, films and on the internet.Women are sex objects – and that’s all.The media often fails to represent real
women, and because women are hyper-sexualized, sexual norms become skewed, affecting
the behavior of adolescent girls.