Inspired ginger…
April 1, 2011

I have been so busy this past month…being in Policy while looking for a job is so time and mind consuming! 

Wednesday I got the chance to meet with Stanford Thompson again- this time I got to watch the kids of Tune Up Philly play their instruments.  It was so incredible to see how fast the children could learn something new- for example I saw the 2nd grade violinists who at the beginning of the class could not play the scale backwards – 30 minutes later they could play the scale backwards with ease. 

I have been so inspired working with Stanford Thompson and learning about Tune Up Philly.  The two most amazing things to me about this whole thing is that

  1. These kids picked up their first instrument in October and they play beautifully

2. Stanford Thompson is only 24 years old!

This whole experience has inspired me and as I was driving back through West Philadelphia to get back to school I thought of something I can do.

In one of my classes we began talking about “urban food deserts” which is an urban area where it is hard to find fresh foods.  Instead of supermarkets there is a surplus of fast-food establishments.  In 1996, a British Low Income Project Team defined food deserts as “areas of relative exclusion where people experience physical and economic barriers to accessing healthy foods” (Reising and Hobbiss, 2000). 

I came up with this idea of opening up cooking classes in these “food deserts” to teach people how to cook low-cost healthy meals that they can provide to their family.  I don;t know if anyone has started a program similar to this but I wish I went to culinary school or something of that sort because I think this would be such a great program!  I spoke with my roommate about it because she is in food marketing and I think we may look into it in a few years after we’ve gotten more experience!  We shall see….

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Re-draft! Already??!?
March 17, 2011

Okay so I already re-drafted this rough draft…I took out the “philly” intro and changed the music during the interview.  It was a classical violin which sounded too sad, almost mockingly sad.  Now it’s a more soothing and calm classical mix.  The quality of the video was compromised and some of the transitions were thrown off when it was uploaded to YouTube so don’t hold that against me!

Tune Up Philly
March 15, 2011

I interviewed Stanford Thompson, founder of Tune Up Philly, a week ago. It was such a wonderful interview, he had such a great point of view and I am so inspired by what he is doing.

Stanford Thompson is the founder of Tune Up Philly believes that music can help children “acquire valuable tools for cooperative learning, teamwork, academic success and self-esteem”. In my interview Stanford and I discussed what inspired Tune Up Philly, El Sistema. El Sistema is Venezuela’s youth orchestra which is a federally funded government program that allows children of all ages to practice their instruments of choice in hopes to teach children responsibility, self-esteem, and build character.

I had an hour of footage and compiled it down to a few minutes. I included all o my favorite quotes but I’M not sure how I feel about the music and the flow if the short. I need to add some footage and b-roll of students and things of that nature but hopefully it will all turn out well after my next visit to the school.

Anyway…I hope you weren’t turned away by my blah description…here is my ROUGH DRAFT