Bridging Borders: Youth Media Across the Diaspora

Philadelphia, PA
Organizer: Nuala Cabral, POPPYN Coordinator
of $7,300 goal
100% Complete
Raised by 111 donors
This fundraiser is closed. Thank you for your support!

The Story


For the past six years, the award-winning youth-led news program POPPYN has created media that highlights the efforts, concerns, creativity and brilliance of youth in Philadelphia. Now approaching its 25th episode, POPPYN is eager to build on a cross-cultural media project with youth organizations in South Africa, a country with a rich historical legacy of youth organizing and leadership. Through this project, young people will work collaboratively to create experimental, narrative and journalistic media that promotes youth power, social change, and an increased sense of global awareness and connectedness across the African diaspora. 

The Plan

In April 2018, representatives of POPPYN from Philly will partner with nonprofit I Am, We Are and the Bafokeng Youth Center, two pillar youth organizations in the heart of Royal Bafokeng Nation, South Africa to complete the production of several short films that youth across both cities began in the fall of 2017. These short films will screen at showcases in their respective communities, beginning in South Africa in April. Additionally, POPPYN will visit two youth media programs in Johannesburg and the Apartheid Museum to learn about the legacy of youth organizing in South Africa. During this trip, POPPYN producers will have opportunities to share and discuss their own efforts to uplift youth power and advocacy in Philadelphia. Throughout this trip, the POPPYN team will document their experiences and personal reflections. This footage -- along with the collaborative short films--  will become POPPYN’s 25th episode. We hope this experience and resulting episode will spark curiosity and a deepened understanding and appreciation for global connectedness and youth power across organizations, borders and the African Diaspora.

How YOU can Help

Make a tax-deductible donation to this crowd-fund (no donation is too small!) 

(EIN Number: 23-1365971)

Share this crowd-fund with others!

Share our video!


POPPYN (Presenting Our Perspective On Philly Youth News) is an award-winning youth media program based in Philadelphia at the University Community Collaborative. POPPYN derived from the desire to illustrate nuanced portrayals of creative young people who are advocates and innovators in their communities. Since its founding in 2011, POPPYN has produced twenty-four episodes exploring topics of concern to youth including education, youth homelessness, the foster care system, and mental health. Throughout the year, high school students collaborate with college students to produce short news segments and episodes that air on public access television and YouTube. The media produced by POPPYN has screened at hearings for city officials, countless classrooms throughout Philadelphia and beyond, and festivals and conferences across the US. 

Contact Person

Nuala Cabral, POPPYN Coordinator

[email protected] |  (215) 204 - 6185

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on April 22, 2018


Posted on April 22, 2018

Thank you all for your support! We've returned safely from South Africa with 

many stories, lessons, new relationships, perspective and so much gratitude. We collaborated with FIVE amazing youth programs while in South Africa and have a ton of new footage to edit. We plan to submit segments to International Youth Film Festivals, including PLURL+, a festival which encourages young people to explore migration, diversity and social inclusion, and to share their creative vision with the world. 

To see more photos and videos from our trip, please check out our Facebook page or Instagram at @whatspoppyn.   Our final episode and all segments will be available on Youtube and PhillyCAM this summer. We will also have a public screening this summer in Philadelphia. 

Thanks again for your donations, encouragement and positive energy! This trip was life-changing for all of us and ground-breaking for POPPYN and the organizations with whom we collaborated.  We couldn't have done this without you. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at [email protected] 


Nuala Cabral, POPPYN Coordinator

Posted on April 2, 2018

Posted on April 2, 2018

We have met our stretch goal of 7,300!!  Thank you all so much for supporting our project! We can't wait to share "Episode 25: Youth Power in South Africa" with you this summer. 

Posted on January 15, 2018


Posted on January 15, 2018

Great news: We've reached beyond 25% of our goal! Thanks to all 35 people who have donated! We are excited to announce that once we raise 3k, two generous donors will match us -- contributing 3k to our fund. Please help us spread the word so we can make our goal!  

About the Organizer

*Please report fraud and Terms of Service violations only. Personal disputes will not be reviewed.

* YouCaring will not use or share your phone number or other information for marketing purposes.



Grab Our Widget

Bridging Borders: Youth Media Across the Diaspora

Grab Our Widget
Facebook Share Button