PDUB’s comprehensive hands-on curriculum emphasizes the connection between media production and community benefit, combining neighborhood and cultural history, community journalism, interactive tour design, audio and video production. PDUB Youth participate in a range of activities that strengthen confidence, creativity, leadership skills and civic awareness. They interview guest speakers about neighborhood history, Filipinos in Los Angeles and community activism, and work with prominent scholars and experts in digital media.
The partnerships with UCLA HyperCities and REMAP also opened educational opportunities that were otherwise beyond PDUB Youth’s purview. Youth worked directly with UCLA faculty, staff, graduate and undergraduate students both at UCLA and onsite in Hi Fi. Students learned digital media, production, mapping and communication skills. As most PDUB Youth were not on a trajectory to attend a four-year college let alone one as prestigious as UCLA, this was a singular, invaluable opportunity. For some, it lead to direct paid internships with HyperCities and REMAP or to additional paid work with Public Matters.
PDUB Youth also interacted directly with students and faculty from a UCLA seminar, “Creating and Recreating Historic Filipinotown,” taught by Professor Jan Reiff. The seminar was specially created to interact with PDUB. In all of these cases, PDUB Youth didn’t simply have access to UCLA, its faculty and students; they were the experts and content creators who drove UCLA’s understanding, interaction and experience of Hi Fi.