Update on MeFi It Gets Better Project! Deadline approaching: December 1!
Since the old thread
is closed, I wanted to open up another thread to remind folks of the details of this project and also to thank the members over at MeFiMusic who have contributed some awesome selections
(and are still doing so) for our use in the project.
If you have any questions or concerns or comments or problems, here's the place to discuss them!
As a reminder, here are the details for the project with some due dates:
MeFi It Gets Better Project
To contribute the personal positive experiences of MeFi Members to the growing chorus of voices giving hope to at-risk QUILTBAG youth, and providing them with resources such as The Trevor Project (US), the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (US) or Kids Help Phone (Canada). Please feel free to provide resources beyond these.
The Trevor Project
American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
Kids Help Phone (Canada)
Phase One: Content Acquisition
Deadline: December 1, 2012
• All MeFi Members are welcome to submit personal testimonials and messages of encouragement for QUILTBAG youth.
• Personal videos should be recorded and submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org for editing and formatting.
• Members are encouraged to wear MeFi t-shirts when filming.
• Members are also asked to film in a location that is quiet, to facilitate easier audio editing at a later date.
• Please keep your submission short, sweet and straightforward! Try to keep your video to under 2 minutes.
Members should only share the information that they feel comfortable sharing, and no specific information is mandatory for inclusion in the project. While no specific script is required, the following outlines the primary information that will help ensure that the project conforms to the standards of the “It Gets Better” project, and may be used as a template:
Hi, I’m [Username] and I’m [sexual orientation/gender identity], and I’ve been a member of MetaFilter since [Date]. Out in the real world, I’m [job/hobby/interest/whatever/etc.].
I know growing up can be difficult. [If you have personally experienced any difficulties related to your sexual orientation or gender identity, please choose one specific example and describe it, ending with an encouraging message about how you overcame such difficulties, what resources you relied on, and what options are available for people in similar situations.]
I want you to know that it gets better. It did for me, and it can for you.
Phase 2: Music
October 2012 (Extended to December 1!)
All MetaFilter Members with musical talent are encouraged to take part in this month’s MeFiMusic Challenge, related to the MeFi It Gets Better Project. Participants are asked to compose and record (alone or in collaboration) music that can be used for the MeFi It Gets Better Project Video(s). This is free-form, go nuts.
Phase 3: Collection and Editing
All participating members should submit their contribution by December 1, 2012 for final editing/formatting. A format will be chosen that will permit all interested members to participate in the final product.
Phase 4: Profit
Some members have suggested that they are willing to make a financial contribution to this project, and jessamyn has volunteered to collect these donations and forward them in the name of MetaFilter to The Trevor Project. Please contact her for more details about forwarding your donation.