WIDE ANGLE YOUTH MEDIA INC

Amplify Youth Voice

aka Wide Angle Youth Media   |   Baltimore, MD   |  www.wideanglemedia.org

Mission

Through media arts education, Wide Angle Youth Media (WAYM) cultivates and amplifies the voices of Baltimore youth to engage audiences across generational, cultural, and social divides. WAYM programs inspire creativity and instill confidence in young people, empowering them with skills to navigate school, career, and life.

Ruling year info

2001

Executive Director

Mrs. Susan Malone

Main address

2601 North Howard Street Suite 160

Baltimore, MD 21218 USA

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Formerly known as

Wide Angle Community Media

EIN

52-2276602

NTEE code info

Media, Communications Organizations (A30)

Youth Centers, Clubs, (includes Boys/Girls Clubs)- Multipurpose (O20)

Media, Communications Organizations (A30)

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Wide Angle recognizes that systems of inequity have shaped our Baltimore and impact the daily lives of our students through public transportation infrastructure, employment, wealth, education, criminal justice, housing, surveillance, and healthcare. The organization’s program outcomes aim to counter stark statistics that affect youth, particularly those on poverty (bit.ly/2F4nMIl), the impact of COVID-19 on BIPOC artists (www.americansforthearts.org/node/103614), and college graduation rates (bit.ly/2F81XYf), while also preparing youth to enter the modern workforce (bit.ly/WAYM21stCentSkills). This multifaceted approach focuses on engaging youth long-term to provide necessary creative, academic and career experiences to help them thrive. In virtual settings, Wide Angle has continued to integrate restorative practices into daily activities and works to include structured reflection, and opportunities for youth leadership/facilitation, and family engagement into curriculum.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Baltimore Speaks Out Program

Baltimore Speaks Out is a free introductory media-making and creative youth development program for youth ages. Workshops are conducted each trimester in local schools.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Economically disadvantaged people

High School Programs are intermediate-advanced media production programs for Baltimore City high school youth giving them the opportunity to gain training and develop critical thinking, research skills, storytelling, and creative skills by producing short original videos, photographs, virtual events, and design campaigns that are distributed nationally.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents
Economically disadvantaged people

MediaWorks is an intensive summer workforce training program run in partnership with YouthWorks. Youth (ages 14-24) are employed through the Build Your Brand initiative and externship placements to participate in media arts and college and career development programming.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents
Young adults

Wide Angle Youth Apprenticeships allow youth (ages 18-24) who have shown increasing skill growth and engagement in Wide Angle programming the option to earn hourly wages and participate in either media production or social design workforce development tracks. Advanced apprentices have the opportunity to transition to part-time positions on Wide Angle staff.

Population(s) Served

Wide Angle Productions, WAYM’s social enterprise program, provides media and communication services for nonprofits, foundations, and corporations in the Baltimore region while also creating meaningful employment for youth apprentices. Wide Angle staff act as project managers, mentoring apprentices throughout the process and ensuring that the client receives a professional quality media product. Production work serves as a source of self-sustaining income for Wide Angle Youth Media to support its core programs, while also providing affordable media solutions for clients. Clients in FY22 included: Abell Foundation, Arts2Work, Baltimore Homecoming, Bloomberg School of Public Health, Maryland State Arts Council, National Council for Traditional Arts, One Love, T. Rowe Price and many others. Examples of recent work can be seen at www.vimeo.com/wideproductions

Population(s) Served
Low-income people
Young adults

Community Voices is a program that provides middle and high school youth (ages 10-20) with custom introductory media workshops, tailored to the needs of city schools and local organizations.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents
Young adults
Adolescents
Young adults

On March 16, 2020 Wide Angle transitioned to virtual programming and cultivated new local and national channels to distribute youth media. The initial priority was to maintain apprenticeships and advanced high school tracks (these participants rely on hourly wages and semester-end stipends). High school and middle school classes were adapted to continue creative engagement remotely. All programs moved to a hybrid curriculum structure to incorporate synchronous and asynchronous instruction (pairing live virtual skills training with independent learning time), utilizing a variety of platforms. Wide Angle also allocated resources to its Emergency Fund to provide vulnerable students, alumni, and staff with the needed support.

The organization’s goals :
1) continue providing artistic and educational media content,
2) strengthen connections and relationships with youth, and
3) prioritize paid opportunities for high school and apprentice participants, who rely upon payment from

Population(s) Served
Adults
At-risk youth
Adults
At-risk youth

Where we work

External assessments

Evaluated via the Impact Genome Project (2019)

Affiliations & memberships

City Paper Non Profit of the Year 2015

Daily Record, CEO of the year 2020

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of clients served

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

People of African descent, Adolescents, Preteens, Low-income people, Extremely poor people

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

During in-person (non-COVID-19) engagement, our annual goal is 400 youth/year served in programs. During the pandemic, the goal was decreased to 300 to center deeper connections to youth (2020-21).

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

The organization leverages its institutional resources to prioritize equity, strengthen authentic community engagement, and address the holistic needs of youth, so that participants can overcome systemic challenges embedded in historic racism and classism that frequently prevent their success and act as barriers to employment later in life. With this understanding, Wide Angle programs offer more than just creative skillbuilding and storytelling through a variety of additional supports including: connecting youth to needed resources, encouraging students to prepare for their future, resume development, family engagement, career counseling, financial literacy, and teaching time management. Healthy meals are also available for students through the Family League of Baltimore’s Out of School Snack and Supper Program (during in-person programming).

In addition to positive outcomes for youth, Wide Angle aims to help diversify the regional media production and communications fields over time, as well as other professions with strong growth pre-COVID-19. Long-term program participants actively pursue education and career paths in the Professional/Technical & Education sectors with a healthy job growth rate in the state of Maryland. Although these fields are growing, they still face stark statistics when it comes to diversity and equity. Wide Angle believes that by the end of the organization’s five year strategic plan (www.wideanglemedia.org/plan), its innovative approaches to preparing youth for the workforce will help to break down common barriers to communications and tech industry job placements for youth served.

In Wide Angle programs, youth are engaged as artists, change-makers, and leaders. Their creative work provides needed resources to community organizations, educators, and the greater community and they also receive meaningful workforce and college readiness programming. Wide Angle has had four top priority areas to guide its mission-aligned response to the pandemic: 1) bridge the growing opportunity divide by serving youth from historically marginalized communities; 2) provide workforce training to diversify the regional media and communications fields over time; 3) uplift youth-produced content and center youth voices on important social issues, and 4) leverage organizational resources to promote social justice.

Wide Angle’s programming incorporates a multi-faceted approach to provide wrap-around supports and barrier-removals, particularly for high school and older youth. The organization’s youth development approach is informed by Maslowe’s Motivation Model (www.simplypsychology.org/maslow.html). To address citywide concerns on food insecurity, during in-person programs healthy meals are available for each class through the Family League of Baltimore’s Out of School Snack and Supper Program. Wide Angle also integrates Restorative Practices across all long-term programs. Sessions frequently begin and end with a prompt and a circle. Topics vary from challenging issues brought up in discussion to current events.

Since the start of COVID-19, programs have been conducted virtually - providing a rich opportunity to expand youth technical savvy beyond media production in preparation for the modern workforce. Through curricula that paired live virtual skills training with independent learning on various platforms (Slack, Trello, YouTube, EduFlow, Miro, JamBoard, text messaging, Zoom calls), youth continued to learn, create and collaborate. In addition, an Emergency Fund provided vulnerable students, alumni, and staff with needed support for rent, groceries, technology access, and educational needs. Wide Angle has also increased its focus on social emotional learning (SEL) as a key component to youth long-term success and empowerment. This includes reviewing equitable practices to integrate SEL into classrooms through different strategies, such as restorative practices, mindfulness, trauma-informed pedagogies (Applying an Equity Lens to Social, Emotional and Academic Development. Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. June 2018).


Wide Angle workshops provide a consistent, welcoming out-of-school (OST) environment with a low instructor-to-student ratio, (under 1:12). This amount of individual attention allows teachers to develop communicative relationships, tailoring activities and lessons to different skill levels, learning styles, and social circumstances. Students who are involved in high school programs can accumulate stipends or service learning hours, needed for high school graduation, through consistent attendance.

To support the organization’s vision for a more inclusive Baltimore fueled by creativity, Wide Angle works to create a program pathway (detailed above) that exposes students to digital media at every step and helps them to build emotionally satisfying lives with access to resources to help them thrive – starting with introductory community workshops and leading to advanced workforce development training. In addition, Wide Angle tracks youth artwork creation, amplifies youth voice across many channels, and creates partnerships to enrich its impact. Below are recent highlights:

In FY22, 625 youth created 861 media art works (including final images, short videos & social media video posts, in-kind media campaigns, virtual events, and social design projects). Wide Angle developed new partnerships and deepened existing relationships to promote youth access to creative engagement, address the digital divide and increase workforce support. Collaborative partners included the Digital Equity Coalition, Maryland State Arts Council, Digital Harbor Foundation, Annie E. Casey Foundation, the Baltimore Mayor’s Office, Arts2Work, the Alliance for Arts + Culture, Arts Everyday, Under Armour, Baltimore City Public Schools, Maryland Institute College of Art and Towson University. Cross-sector partnership has been core to Wide Angle’s community impact, and it is a best practice that the organization plans to further expand as part of its strategic growth.

One driver of Wide Angle’s current strategic plan is an increased focus on amplifying youth voice through equitable channels. COVID-19 required Wide Angle to shift its operations, opening the door to do so through new initiatives for youth to take on new leadership roles and utilize organizational communication channels to address issues of importance to them.

As a non-profit, Wide Angle delivers free and accessible creative youth development programming to more than 400 young people ages 10-24 each year during out-of-school time. Since the organization’s founding in 2000, over 7,275 youth have created hundreds of media arts projects about issues that matter to them and shared their stories with millions of people at community screenings, on television and radio, at film festivals, and online. The quality of Wide Angle’s programs has been recognized both locally and nationally: In 2020, Executive Director Susan Malone was selected as one of Maryland’s Most Admired CEOs by The Daily Record; it’s response to COVID-19 has been highlighted by various media outlets and organizations (www.wideanglemedia.org/press); and in the spring of 2017, Wide Angle was nominated as a finalist for the National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Awards - the only finalist nominated in the state of Maryland. The organization was also named “Best Non-Profit” by the Baltimore City paper in 2015.

Evaluating success is a priority for the health and improvement of our organization’s programs and mission. Many of Wide Angle’s organizational goals are quantifiable, including the number of youth served and audiences reached. Wide Angle staff also complete observational surveys of the youths’ skill development using a Student Growth Card evaluation tool. Curricula and skillsets measured adhere to NEA’s National Core Arts Standards (Media Arts anchor standards 1,2,3,4,5,6, 11 and 12), Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) Standards for Media Arts in Creating, Producing, and Connecting and International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE).

Measured in each program are seven indicators. In FY20 averages across all long-term programs (20+ program hours) illustrated the following skills growth: Teamwork (28%); Creativity (33%); Technical Media Skills (33%); Literacy (30%); Public Speaking (34%); Listening (29%); and Professionalism (26%). In FY21, youth have averaged the following growth: Creativity (21%), Literacy (22%), Listening (18%), Public Speaking (21%), Professionalism (18%), Technical Skills (42%) and Teamwork/Leadership (18%). For FY22 to date, youth across programs demonstrated the following average increases: Creativity (20%), Literacy (21%), Listening (20%), Public Speaking (22%), Professionalism (18%), Technical Skills (25%) and Teamwork/Leadership (21%), with final calculations for apprentices in fall 2022.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    Programs are open to all Baltimore City youth ages 10-24, and the target population is youth from historically underinvested demographic groups and neighborhoods. In FY21 472 (399 unique) youth participated in programs;. They self-identified as 92% Black, 3% Multiracial, 5% Caucasian, less than 1% as Hispanic, Asian or other. Over 88% self-identified as low income, attended Title 1 schools and/or resided in zip codes. In addition, many of Wide Angle’s older youth are first generation college students, and students have shared that they are facing a variety of daily obstacles and barriers that have included: transportation, housing, unstable income, exposure to violence and trauma, disabilities, gender transitioning, access to technology, incarcerated family members, and more.

  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Suggestion box/email,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    Wide Angle has found new methods to engage the community to help shape its programs. Beginning last summer, 2020, the communications team paid students to conduct an audit of its social media channels and complete surveys about how they should change. The team continues to periodically survey students, staff, and stakeholders on external channels. Their feedback helped determine content Wide Angle shares on each social media platform and identified new ways to engage youth via communications. This momentum continued from a pilot in summer FY21 into a year-long pilot in FY22 and the creation of two Social Media Intern youth positions on staff - ensuring that youth voices remains centered in external communications.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board, Our community partners,

  • How has asking for feedback from the people you serve changed your relationship?

    Wide Angle has also increased its alumni outreach by connecting alumni to jobs during the pandemic, hiring alumni as contractors, and engaging them through its 20th year celebration. The first alumni board member is onboarding in spring 2021 and another alumni joined the Marketing and Communications advisory group in winter 2021. Wide Angle plans to add additional alumni positions to both groups in FY23 and is excited to share decision-making power with those who have been directly impacted by the organization. Within classrooms, staff youth continue to have creative direction over their projects and are visionaries determining what issues they want to address and the impact they want their media to have.

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, It is difficult to find the ongoing funding to support feedback collection, Staff find it hard to prioritize feedback collection and review due to lack of time, It is difficult to identify actionable feedback,

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WIDE ANGLE YOUTH MEDIA INC

Board of directors
as of 09/30/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Ms. Martha Hylton

GALLAGHER EVELIUS & JONES LLP

Term: 2024 - 2022

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Lisa Danaczko

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William Nesbitt

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David Bogen

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Kevin Lee

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Dean Bush

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Martha Hylton

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Patrick Oray

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Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 7/7/2022

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 07/07/2022

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Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • We have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.