#UpToUsFresno Documentary Screening and Panel Discussion Targets Young Voters

#UpToUsFresno Documentary Screening and Panel Discussion Targets Young Voters


More than 100 students will gather on the Fresno State campus on Monday, October 29, 2012 at 5:30 p.m. (PDT) for a national webcast of “Up to Us,” a documentary film on the importance of national service as a means to expanding job opportunities for millennials.

Immediately following the film, MTV’s “Catfish” host Nev Schulman will moderate a live panel discussion featuring: Mayor Ashley Swearengin, City of Fresno; Jarrett Moreno, Co-Founder of OurTime.org; Mary Jane Skjellerup, Senior Director of Programs at Youth Leadership Institute; and Sean Kiernan, Vice President for Associated Students, Inc. External Affairs. Live and virtual audience participation is encouraged following the panel.

The event is free and open to the public at Fresno State inside the Henry Madden Library’s Table Mountain Rancheria Reading Room (3rd floor) and will be streamed nationally at www.ownthevote.us/ uptous. Virtual and live guests can follow the event and submit questions for panelists on Twitter at #UpToUsFresno.

The 20-minute “Up to Us” film is a follow-up to the 2008 documentary, “18 in ’08”, and was shot during the summer in New York, Atlanta and at both the Democratic and Republican Conventions. The film follows two young Americans — Atlanta native Kyle Murphy, 23 who served as an AmeriCorps member at Habitat for Humanity, and Brandon West, a 27 year-old MPA graduate, who is underemployed (for 18 months), but is seeking work in a public service field. Both individuals display the resilience and idealism of the millennial generation and a desire to have an impact on the world. The film also features interviews with journalist Jonathan Alter, Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky, political analyst Margaret Hoover, and artist Will.i.am among others.

“Our generation wants to push and dream for something big,” said Matthew Segal, co-founder of OurTime.org. “Few policies make more sense than allowing idealistic young Americans to serve their country via nursing, teaching, disaster relief, park restoration and infrastructure repair. Not only do these jobs all solve community problems and provide training, but they integrate rich and poor social classes in the name of public service and greater civility.”