The Open Media Foundation
July News from the Open Media Foundation

July 2011
In this Issue
Upcoming Classes/Events
OMF's Learning Lab Open
First Friday at DOM
Executive Director Report
Media Education Intern Needed
Spotlight of the Month: Denver Kids, Inc.
Youth Production Group
Project Spotlight: Denver Kids, Inc.

Open Media Foundation's Production department has had the privilege to work with over 100 clients in the past 8 years.  We exist to ensure nonprofits have access to expand by reaching new audiences and inspiring them to better fulfill their organization's mission.

Check out an example of our recent video projects, the 2011 fundraising video for Denver Kids, Inc


Upcoming Classes/Events

DOM Help Desk Hours

Thursdays 4:30-6pm

Page One Screening/Panel
June 29, 7:30pm
Landmark Chez Artiste
Your Voice. Your Media
July 6, Wednesday, 5:30-6:30pm

 Intro to Studio Production
July 6 & 7, Wednesday & Thursday, 6-9pm
Final Cut Pro Workshop
July 13 & 14, Saturday, 11am-5:30pm  

Field Production Workshop
July 16, Saturday, 11am-5:30pm

Your Voice. Your Media.
July 20, Wednesday, 5:30-6:30pm

Intro to Studio
July 23, Saturday,

Final Cut Pro Workshop
July 30, Saturday,
First Friday at DOM
August 5, Friday, 8-10pm

Holiday Closure, July 4, Monday

Open Media Foundation's new Learning Lab 


Are you a community member who has been waiting for new classes at OMF? The wait is over! July marks the launch of our new state-of-the-art 20-seat iMac learning lab. This lab will allow OMF to offer new educational programs and serve more students than ever before.


Some of the new classes being offered are Advanced Final Cut Pro, Making Music with GarageBand, Special Effects & Motion Graphics, 3-D Animation with Blender, and One-on-One Drupal Training!


New classes are being added, so please check the class schedule to see what's new each week! 


If you have an idea for a new class, or have an interest in teaching in Open Media Foundation's Education program, please contact


First Friday at Denver Open Media


On the first Friday of most months, DOM hosts a free  community event that spotlights local performance groups, musical acts, and nonprofit organizations. These events are broadcast live on Comcast channel 57 and re-broadcast on channels 56, 57 and 219. They are also available online.   

Next event: Friday, July 1st   Doors open at 7:30pm   
In July, we are partnering with Dorkbot303, for a fun night with Fembots, Colorado women doing strange things with electricity.  

 Featured artists: VJ DizyPixl, Dia Campbell with sound reactive and LED fashions, and e-media artist and host, Jane daPain. With special guests: Sarah Slater of Titwrench Festival and Katie Rothery of Girls Rock Denver.  



Executive Director Report

Monthly Update by Tony Shawcross    


When this organization was forming nearly 10 years ago, our singular focus was providing affordable, high-end video production services for nonprofit and government clients. Today, as the organization offers so much more in web development, education, and community tools, many people may not realize that the largest piece of OMF's budget each year is still generated by the professional video production services we offer to nonprofit and government clients.


When we launched Denver Open Media in 2006, it was our goal to maintain a clear distinction between OMF's production services department and the resources and training provided through Denver Open Media that enables organizations and individuals to produce videos on their own.


We're overjoyed that more and more organizations are using DOM memberships to produce their own content. Still, OMF serves more nonprofit and government clients today than ever before with affordable, professional video production services.  Here's an example of some recent projects that reflect the wide range of production services we offer. 


Do You Love Education?

Media Education Interns Needed at the Open Media Foundation


OMF seeks a Media Education Intern, and would be a great fit for someone with a passion for media and education to help us expand our media education program. Interested individuals should possess outstanding presentation skills, an interest in media education, as well as the ability to commit to a 12 hour/week, 200-hour total internship schedule.  This internship would be a great fit for someone who would like to build their teaching and curriculum development skills, while at the same time gaining access to the incredible internship benefits OMF has to offer, such as access to free classes and a free membership upon completion of internship.

If you are interested in this opportunity or any other internship opportunities at the Open Media Foundation, please visit our internship page for more information .
Spotlight of the Month: Denver Kids, Inc.
For this month's Spotlight of the Month, we talked to Glenna Norvelle, the President and CEO of Denver Kids, Inc., a non-profit Open Media Foundation has worked with for the past 4 years.  


Please provide a brief summary of your organization.


Denver Kids, Inc. exists to support Denver Public School (DPS) students, grades K-12, who face the personal challenges of higher risk environments, to successfully complete high school, pursue a post-secondary option and become contributing members of the community.


Tell us about some of your programs.


Since 1946, Denver Kids, Inc. has provided educational counseling and mentoring to thousands of Denver Public School (DPS) students, grades K-12. Each child is provided with the support and guidance that most effectively minimizes the risk factors that are impeding academic success. The program strives to help each student achieve his or her potential by offering encouragement and addressing the factors that promote healthy social, physical, and mental development.


Denver Kids, Inc. is successful in helping students achieve academic success through constant reinforcement of positive behaviors, exposure to a myriad of opportunities, and encouragement of academic achievement and attendance.


What are the issues/information that you are trying to bring to a larger audience through your videos?


Denver Kids, Inc. is committed to sharing more about how community members can engage with our children and support our mission. One special way to support our students is to volunteer to be a mentor. Denver Kids, Inc. recruits and trains adult volunteers to serve as mentors to our students. Activities, special events and educational programs are provided - throughout the year - for the mentors and students. Each Denver Kids, Inc. mentor commits to the program for one year and agrees to see the student twice a month. The professional counseling staff works closely with each mentor - providing them with expertise and guidance.


Why is your organization unique?


Denver Kids, Inc is unique in part because of the relationship between the educational counselor and the volunteer mentor. While the educational counselor focuses on the academic and social/emotional success of the student, the mentor becomes a trusted friend and introduces their mentee to new environments and opportunities. This partnership provides added support for our children to ensure their success.


Our program is a long-term preventative approach and we will work with a child over their entire school career depending on when they join our program. On average, a student is with us for over 8 years. This allows us to build a unique and strong bond with the family which is critical to our success.


What are some of the projects you have worked on with the Open Media Foundation?


Open Media Foundation has produced three videos for our organization which are used for fundraising and volunteer recruitment. These videos have been such an important tool for Denver Kids, Inc. to share our message with the broader community. They weave the emotional element of our story with the facts of what our children face and what results Denver Kids, Inc. provides.


In addition, OMF provided web development services for our agency - greatly improving both the look and functionality.


 What has been some of the outcomes of these projects?


These services have helped us recruit hundreds of volunteers and over $600K in contributions. In addition, we are now able to take both student referral and mentor applications online greatly increasing our efficiency allowing us to serve children better.


Denver Open Media's Youth Production Group: Open Media Generation

Do you know a student who dreams of being on TV?  How about working behind the scenes?  If so, they should join Denver Open Media's FREE Youth Production Group!

The Open Media Generation Youth Group meets weekly!  Anyone between the ages of 12-19 c
an stop by any Wednesday from 3:30-6pm to join the fun...and did we mention it is free?

Participants will learn field, studio and editing techniques.  Students will learn how to produce youth-related content and will help solicit new youth-related programs.  Please check out our website for more information or email

Also, we are always looking for food donations to help keep our youth fed and alert during trainings/productions.  Please let us know if you have
suggestions or information about youth group sponsorships.

Open Media Generation