Y.O.U. – Selalah and Tiaira Scott’s Story

For over 40 years, Evanston-based non-profit Y.O.U. has been providing quality programs and services to youth. Their vision is that all young people acquire the skills, self-confidence, and opportunity to participate fully, freely, and responsibly in the life of the community.

The Scott Family shares their story of how Y.O.U. has impacted their lives in this video:


About the Video
Producer, Director, Editor: Shuling Yong
Cinematographer: Jeff Perlman
Production Assistant, Additional Sound: Andrea Blake


Ten Thousand Ripples – Art, Civic Engagement and Change in Chicago

White buddha sculpture in the dunes and sand prairie of Loyola Park in Rogers Park
One of the 100 sculptures that will populate Chicago streets in Ten Thousand Ripples. Picture by Steven Gillam.

Can a public art project spark dialogue around peace and non-violence? If you live in Chicago, don’t be surprised if you find one of the 100 white buddha head sculptures placed strategically throughout ten neighborhoods peeking out at you. Ten Thousand Ripples is a collaborative project that uses art as a catalyst to foster dialogue around peace and non-violence and create solutions for society’s most pressing challenges.

A partnership between artist Indira Johnson, and non-profit organization Changing Worlds, Ten Thousand Ripples is currently being installed in Albany Park, Pilsen, Rogers Park, South Chicago and Uptown this Fall. Installations in the North Lawndale, Little Village, Auburn Gresham, Back of the Yards and Evanston neighborhoods will take place Spring 2013.

I’m proud and happy to have contributed to the success of the Ten Thousand Ripples Kickstarter fundraising campaign. Below is the video I made for the campaign:

Even though the kickstarter campaign is complete, you may still make a contribution to support Ten Thousand Ripples at http://changingworlds.org/donate-to-ttr-184.html

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Center For Independent Futures – Patrick and Elise’s Stories

Remember the day you moved out of your parents home and into a space of your own? You know that liberating feeling of being able of living life independently, having the choice of what you want to do and when? We sometimes take our daily lives for granted. We hop on the train, we go to work, we hang out with friends, we do all the wonderful things life has for us. But for people with disabilities, the fastest growing minority in the country, doing some of these daily tasks require a little more support.

Meet Patrick and Elise, two participants at the Center For Independent Futures, and witness their transformations over the years. Their inspiring stories are just proof that with the right supports in place, and a strong, inclusive community, everybody can achieve the skills needed to live an independent life! Watch on.


To learn more, visit CIF’s official website at independentfutures.com

Produced/Directed by Shuling Yong
Cinematography by Jeff Perlman
Additional Camera by Shuling Yong
Editing by Philipp Batta

Y.O.U. – Tyler’s Story

Meet Tyler. Bright student. Strong role model. Aspiring journalist. One of the 15,000 lives that has been touched by Evanston non-profit organization Y.O.U. (Youth Organizations Umbrella, Inc.) over the last 40 years. She’s also one of the talented young men and women I had the privilege of meeting while on my journey to document the impact that Y.O.U. makes in our community.

With comprehensive after-school programming, assistance with homework, enriching summer activities and leadership development opportunities, Y.O.U. enables every youth the opportunity to realize their full potential, regardless of their economic backgrounds. I’d also like to highlight, especially, the organization’s one-on-one mentoring program. I cannot emphasize enough the importance of having a good mentor in life and am so glad the kids get paired with their own mentors through the program.

To learn more about Y.O.U., visit their official website at www.youevanston.org

About the video
Produced/Directed/Sound Recorded by Shuling Yong
Cinematography by Jeff Perlman