Friday, July 20, 2007


John Murray, publisher of The Waterbury Observer, was kind enough to include an article about Young Voices and Media in Motion in the July issue of The Observer. We would realy like to keep these young people employed, and to continue to publish a newspaper monthly. We do however need the support of our community. Below is the story as it appeared in the Observer.

By John Murray

Twelve high school students representing Kennedy, Wilby, Crosby, the Waterbury Magnet Arts School, Kaynor Tech and the Enlightenment School, have joined forces with Media In Motion, Waterbury Youth Services and the Waterbury Observer to launch a youth newspaper in the Brass City.

The monthly newspaper will be called “Young Voices” and will hit the streets in early August.

The summer youth program was funded through Youth Services for six weeks and the aim was to produce one or two issues of the paper.

Things have changed.

The kids don’t want the newspaper to stop. All twelve have committed themselves to creating a year round youth newspaper in the Brass City. The kids want to keep it going and we want to help them do that.

These twelve kids are trying to make a difference through appropriate channels. They are not sitting back, they want the community to hear their voice.

The newsroom for Young Voices is set up in the Observer office on Bank Street in downtown Waterbury. They will be using old computers the Observer used to launch itself 15 years ago. They will be using old manual cameras and shoot their photographs on film.

Media in Motion, led by Quajay Donnell, is seeking sponsorships for the newspaper that will enable the kids to keep their jobs after August, and keep the paper publishing every month. Quajay’s program is seeking grants and partnerships to help empower the youth of Waterbury.

The kids are also organizing a talent show fundraiser for early autumn, and will be actively seeking sponsorships throughout the community.

These kids are bold and curious. They want to express themselves. These kids are our future. They are beautiful. We hope the community supports their dream of speaking out.

For more information please contact Mr. Quajay Donnell at 203-500-3891, or e-mail him at

Interested parties can also contact the Observer at 203-754-4238, or e-mail John Murray at

Thanks John for all of your support, and lending your talents and Chelsea's talents to get this great project off the ground.

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