HOME was instrumental in setting up the media program at EHS, which has blossomed into one of the most successful programs in the Boston area under the management of teacher Xavier Rozas. Students at EHS produce an in-house television show called ETV, which was developed with technical and logistical assistance from HOME's Media Lab Coordinators. Rosaz also oversees the school’s website and yearbook. English High also graciously hosts HOME's Teen TV, a six-week summer intensive workshop in video production and journalism. The majority of students participating in Teen TV in 2011 were English High students, who developed valuable skills for taking ETV to the next level.
In the fall of 2011, HOME, Inc. partnered with the Boston Public Schools, Office of Accountability and The Engagement Lab at Emerson College to participate in Community PlanIt, Originally conceived as a response to a growing concern among city planners, government officials, and community organizers that too few voices are represented in important local planning efforts. With its focus on community learning, deliberation, and participation, Community PlanIt engaged a broad range of stakeholders from students, teachers, parents and school administrators to provide input on school policy on a broad range of issues. HOME, Inc.’s worked with a core group of students and Xavier Rozas at English High to engage their fellow students in playing Community Planit and producing home grown video content for its website. The experiment culminated in a Town Hall Meeting where all stakeholders converged to play the game live and discuss the results of this experiment in participatory planning.
After School Jobs
HOME has teemed up with the Boston Youth Fund to offer some paid after school media positions to students at English High School. The jobs include doing post production for the school news show, taping and editing school events, learning about web design, web outreach for HOME's programs and special video projects to benefit the school.