Cara Lisa Berg Powers

strategist / educator / author

About Cara

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Press Pass TV

Cara spends most of her time on Press Pass TV, an innovative and award-winning organization that uses the power of media arts to provide meaningful employment and education for youth living in low-income neighborhoods. We offer creative outlets for self-affirmation, teach life sustaining skills and empower communities with the resilience to thrive.headernew

Bio & CV

Cara is an innovative strategic thinker working across a variety of disciplines to build the capacity of communities to create meaningful and lasting change.  Before her current role as Co-Director of Press Pass TV, Cara founded the Youth Media Institute at Project: Think Different (now amplifyme) and also ran Digital Media programming for the United Teen Equality Center (UTEC). She holds a Doctorate in Educational Leadership and Change in addition to a MA in Transformative Media Arts and a BA in Screen Studies and Urban Development/Social Change.

 

In addition to time spent on the Adjunct Faculty at Wheelock College and UMASS Boston, Cara has guest lectured at Worcester State University, Northeastern University, MIT, Simmons College, and Amherst College. She has produced programming for MTV & NBC, and has provided training in media and social change to non-profit leaders like Oxfam and Facing History & Ourselves. Cara has also presented at several conferences, including the Women, Action and Media Conference, the Be the Media Conference, the National Conference for Media Reform, and the Action Coalition for Media Education Conference. She is the recipient of the Empowerment Award from the 2008 Media That Matters Festival, is featured in No Excuses: Nine Ways Women Can Change How We Think About Power by Gloria Feldt.

 

Cara’s first book By Any Media Necessary, a guide for engaging youth in change through media is available online, and you can also  read her work in the Kinder Braver World Series, published by Harvard University’s Berkman Center for Internet and Society in partnership with Lady Gaga’s Born this Way Foundation and the MacArthur Foundation. She is the Vice-Chair of the Human Rights Commission in Worcester, Massachusetts where she resides with her husband and daughter.

 

Education

 

Fielding Graduate University                                                                        2009-2012

EdD, Educational Leadership and Change/Media Studies

 

Goddard College                                                                                    2006-2008

MA, Transformative Media Arts

 

Clark University                                                                                    2001-2005

BA, Screen Studies with a focus in Urban Development/Social Change

 

 

Professional Experience

 

Adjunct Faculty                                                                                    8/2011-Present

Wheelock College, UMASS Boston

  • Prepare syllabi and lessons
  • Lead discussions and online forums
  • Assign critical reading and writing to increase awareness and critical engagement

 

 

Co-Director                                                                                                6/2008-Present

Press Pass TV

  • Work in collaborative leadership model with Co-Director, under direction of board to support operations, development, programming, finances and fundraising
  • Build strategic partnerships
  • Develop programs and curricula, and outreach materials
  • Manage website, graphics and online communications
  • Work directly with young people to produce creative videos about issues of community concern

 

Founder                                                                                                10/2007-Present

By Any Media Necessary

  • Author of By Any Media Necessary, a guide for using media as a tool for social change and youth development
  • Provide workshops in media and strategic communication for local non-profits and conferences
  • Develop open source workshop resources for educators in media based inter-disciplinary education

 

Youth Media Institute Manager                                                            2/2006- 4/2008

Project: Think Different, Boston, MA

  • Developed Youth Media Institute programming, including Media Watch team, a diverse group of 10 youth organizers
  • Trained and supervise Media Watch Team(10), Media Careers interns (15-20 annually), Youth Media Coordinators (2 ongoing full time) and Program Coordinator Interns (2 ongoing)
  • Outreached to schools and organizations resulted in a 288% increase in earned workshop revenue in 2007
  • Fundraising and financial management
  • Built strong and diverse network of artists, writers, community organizations, and activists
  • Presented at local, regional and national conferences
  • Event planning and implementation, including open mic events for youth, community forums, and screenings
  • Community outreach and organizing, including national alliance building

 

Digital Media Coordinator                                                                        6/2005- 2/2006

United Teen Equality Center, Lowell, MA

  • Coordinated and Facilitated media literacy and youth authorship of media in classroom and group settings
  • Fundraising and grantwriting
  • Built strong partnerships with other community organizations
  • Facilitated special events to showcase the work of participating youth and expose them to new ideas and mediums

 

 

Specialized Skills and Experience

 

  • Conferences:
    • National Conference for Media Reform 2011, 2013 Presenter
    • Media Educators of America Conference 2013 Presenter
    • Youth Work Intensive 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 Presenter
    • Be the Media 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 Planning committee, Panelist, Presenter
    • WAM! (Women, Action, and the Media) 2007/2008/2009 Volunteer coordination, Technology Committee, Presenter
    • Media Literacy Conference 2008 Planning committee- a day long conference to provide technical assistance and teaching resources to high school teachers working with media
    • Media Matters 2006/2007 in partnership with Boston Globe, UMASS Boston, and Write Boston. Serves approximately 500 high school students and teachers
    • Citywide Girls Summit 2007 Planning committee
    • Hip Hop Reconstruction 2006 Planning committee
    • Media Matters Film Festival 2006/2008 Organizer, Awardee
  • Community organizing
  • Curriculum development
  • Fundraising/Grantwriting, grantmaking, including managing funder relationships
  • Strategic partnership building
  • Events Planning, including sponsor outreach
  • Social media, graphic design, web presence management
  • Strong network of grassroots organizers and funders
  • Experienced manager of program staff and activities
  • Program development and management
  • Financial management of half-million dollar annual budget
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills

 

 

Writing

 

Berg Powers, C. L. (2012). Listening to speak: Examining the impact of youth-led participatory action research using video documentary. Santa Barbara, CA: Fielding Graduate University. Available at http://search.proquest.com/docview/1357123897

 

Berg Powers, C. and Allaman, E. (2012). How participatory action research can promote social change and help youth development. Berkman Center Research Publication No. 2013-10. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2199500 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2199500

 

Powers, C. (2009). By Any Media Necessary. First Edition Special Printing. Worcester, MA.

 

 

Memberships

 

  • Vice-Chair, Worcester Human Rights Commission
  • Member, Women Together/Mujeres Unidas
  • Member, Advisory Committee for National Survey on Media and Youth Organizing
  • Member, Haymarket People’s Fund Communication Committee
  • Board Member, Worcester Wired
  • Member, Progressive Communicator’s Network
  • Former Member, Reflect & Strengthen
  • Former Board Member, Homeless Empowerment Project
  • Former Member, Boston Women’s Fund Allocation Committee
  • Former Member, Boston Mayor’s Hip Hop Roundtable

 

 

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