BSYP Media Team: Week 1

Hello readers!

This is the first of six weekly blog posts, brought to you by the 2016 BYSP Media Team! In each post, we’ll give you a quick recap of what the team has done this week–in both their fashion workshop and the more general media team happenings–and then showcase the youths’ own impressions of the work. Week 2′s post will be up soon after this one, since a googledocs complication slowed posting down.

First off: recap! We spent half of Week 1 in training, making sure that everyone knew what was up with payroll, our community standards, and BYP in general. Then, on Thursday and Friday, we started work in earnest: in the fashion workshop, led by Dana, Tika, and Zora (me!) we decided on team names and did a quick #ScavengerHunt for fashion in the streets of Braddock (and made an Instagram account! Follow BYP_WavyDesigners for our exploits). In the rest of our time (with Brendan and Linda), we started a huge mosaic project that will adorn the walls of A-Boss Opticians on Braddock Ave.

Next, read about the week from the youths’ perspective! I’ve split them up into the groups they spend most of their time with. To read what the youth has to say, just click their name!

Group 1: Split Designers

Group 2: Wavy

(Also in this group is Teshara Milligan, but unfortunately she has to leave before we write reflections!)

Tune in next week for more on the amazing mosaic project and to learn what the heck it means to “change a silhouette” (also, for real, follow our instagram)!


BYP Summer Program Applications Now Out!


The application for summer youth employment is out!

It can be found at:

The application deadline is May 9th.
To indicate that you would like to work at the Braddock Youth Project, please select “Allegheny County DHS- Braddock Youth Project” under Question 27 on the application.
There are multiple Application Support Sites for those who need help with accessing or completing the application. The closest to Braddock is: 

Goodwill of SWPA in North Versailles (294 Lincoln Highway, 15137) open TuesdayThursday, and Friday from 12 pm to 6 pm, and Saturday April 30th and May 7th from 10 am to 1 pm.

Others will be listed at the application website,

BYP staff will be holding two sessions during which people can come to the Nyia Page Community Center (416 Library Street, Braddock 15104) to receive help with applications.

These days will be:

Tuesday, April 26th, and Tuesday, May 3rd, from 4:30 PM to 7:30 PM.

Please note that we only have four computers available, and there may be long wait times during these sessions depending on turnout. We ask that only those who are unable to complete the online application on their own and are unable to go to an official Application Support Site come these sessions.

Thank you, and we look forward to a wonderful summer as BYP nears its tenth anniversary!


National Geographic vs CitraSolv

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On a blustery, not-quite-spring day, the BYP Media Team took to the parking lot behind the Nyia Page Community Center to artistically disfigure a small stack of National Geographic magazines.  This was accomplished by exposing them to judicious amounts of Citrasolv, an all-natural (and, as you might have deduced, citrus-based) concentrated liquid cleaner.  I learned about this process here.  img 16

The Citrasolv dissolves the inks on the magazine pages.  After about twenty minutes, one pulls apart the magazine (the binding is the first thing to go), and searches for interesting results.  There’s no predicting what will react best; many images don’t react at all.  But you get some fantastic results.

img 38img 28img 23-2In some instances, the process mildly alters the original image, which can still be readily seen.

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Often times the original image is completely obliterated, however, resulting in a completely abstract image.

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The way the Citrasolv lands on the paper can produce many interesting contrasting textures and results.

img 6It is important to work on this in a fairly open and well-ventilated area.  This project smells like you’re trapped in a giant orange.  Whether this is a good thing or a bad thing, however, depends on your own personal likes and dislikes.

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