Vision 411 Release

January 23, 2013 | Chicago, IL

Visionaries, a multimedia apprenticeship for teens ages 14-18 funded through After School Matters and run by Youth Options Unlimited’s (YOU) Digital Media Coordinator. Each fall, spring and summer, teen participants learn one or multiple aspects of digital media production, ranging from digital photography and documentary video to journalism and graphic design. The teens work on iMac computers in our youth digital media lab, and learn professional level computer programs like Photoshop, InDesign and Final Cut Express.

Each fall, for the past three years, Visionaries youth have produced the magazine Vision 411. When it began in the Fall 2010, the magazine was a basic collection of “social issue” stories. In Fall 2011, with support from the McCormick Foundation and the assistance of faculty from the College of Communication at Loyola University, the magazine revolved around exploring three Chicago neighborhoods and became more unified. This year the magazine focuses on teen expression, and features an online video component in addition to the print piece.

To create Vision 411 we began by brainstorming theme topics and what kind of stories could fit, and discussing the ideas as a group. Given the teens’ interests, we eventually arrived at the theme of teen expression, and took off from there. The teens were responsible for every aspect of the magazine: developing their topics and finding sources, interviewing, writing, designing and laying out their pages. The teens also put together multimedia pieces to accompany their print articles for the online component of the magazine.

The print magazine was proudly released to the Erie community and supporters of Visionaries on Tuesday, January 22, 2013.

A digital version of the print magazine can be viewed here:




Multimedia elements can be found here: and at Erie YOU's YouTube Page



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