Funder: Open Society Foundation
Name: Youth Urban Media Academy
Title: Program Manager and Evaluator
Location: Dakar, Senegal


Funder: US Department Of State
Name: Nomadic Media Lab
Title: Program Producer
Location: Dakar, Senegal

Funder: US Department Of State
Name: Nomadic Wax Collective
Title: Program Producer
Location: Nepal, Mozambique and Swaziland


Funder: USIP/Search For Common Ground
Name: Youth Diaspora Conference
Title: Program Producer
Location: Washington DC


Funder: International Rescue Committee
Name: Spotlight
Title: Lead Instructor and Curriculum Developer
Location: Staten Island, NY

Funder: DC Foundation for the Arts
Name: DC2DK - Arts Exchange
Title: Program Producer
Location: Dakar, Senegal


Funder: USAID
Name: Programme Bonne Gouvernance
Title: Program Producer
Location: Democratic Republic of Congo


Youth Urban Media Academy

About: In Senegal, incarceration carries a powerful social stigma. Youth who are sentenced to jail may also experience a lifetime of social isolation and marginalization by their family, community and society. Deprived of the opportunity to redeem themselves and enter back into their families and communities, former prisoners, who are permanently branded as criminals by their family and community members, are at risk to reoffend. Without a support system or access to employment opportunities, two-thirds of former youth prisoners return to jail over the course of their lifetime.The YUMA program used a three pronged approach in an attempt to: (a) decrease youth recidivism and crime in Senegal’s low income neighborhoods; (b) ameliorate the sense of social isolation felt by formerly incarcerated youth; (c) combat the negative stereotypes about formerly incarnated youth in Senegal.



Nomadic Wax Collective

About: Nomadic Wax Collective is a super-group made up of some of New York’s finest artists and educators. Its members have been working together in various capacities for seven years and their music is a high-energy fusion of jazz, hip-hop and world music. The ensemble features hip-hop MC and educator Mikal Amin Lee, aka “HG,” music director and bassist Colin Dean, drummer and producer Ben Herson, keyboardist Beck Burger and turntablist DJ Boo. Coming together under the Nomadic Wax umbrella they combine a wide range of skills and expertise.




AboutFunded by the DC Commission for the Arts & Humanities in Washington DC, local hip hop artist Kokayi travels to Dakar, Senegal as part of the DC Sister Cities arts exchange program.



Nomadic Media Lab

About: Nomadic Media Lab participants learned how to film, edit, and produce documentary shorts using technology that is easily accessible in Dakar, including Flip Cams, cell phones and digital cameras. The workshop taught participants how to produce, storyboard, shoot and edit over the course of one month, before the February 2012 presidential elections.


Youth Diaspora Conference

About: America is the home of many cultures, with more and more people immigrating every year.  The Diaspora of these cultures keep strong connections with their countries of origin, and the experiences they have while living in the United States will impact on their home countries.  Many of these Diaspora come from countries with a history of violent conflict. To ensure that they have a healthy influence back home, organizations like the U. S. Institute for Peace (USIP) and Search for Common Ground have been convening people for dialogue and policy development. Unfortunately, until now, young people have been notably absent from these forums.

To better understand the experiences of Diaspora youth in the United States, to better integrate their voices into policy dialogues, and to encourage greater peace-building at home, SFCG and USIP, are organizing the 1st Annual Youth Conference on Diaspora and Peace-Building in partnership with Nomadic Wax Productions. The event will run for one day on June 7, 2010 at the USIP headquarters in downtown Washington, DC. This year the event will focus on the experiences of Diaspora youth from Sri Lanka, Iraq, Haiti and Nigeria. Participants will be 35-years-old and under, though older allies are welcome to collaborate.


Programme Bonne Gouvernance.

About: The “DRC: Youth Empowerment and Civic Engagement Through The Arts” project is Nomadic Wax’s contribution to the Programme Bonne Gouvernance (PBG), a USAID program designed to promote civic engagement, advocacy, and good governance in the DRC. The Youth Empowerment and Civic Engagement Through The Arts program is a collaborative effort by DAI, Social Impact, and Nomadic Wax, and supports the PBG mission by exploring the role of music and youth culture in the DRC, researching the capacity of youth to produce and disseminate socially engaged music, exploring the possibilities for youth to be linked with civil society, and defining the areas where youth can be supported in making socially engaged music and media. The project began on August 6, 2011 and ended on August 29, 2011. This project was spearheaded by Nomadic Wax, a US-based fair trade media and events production company with a social and global focus. Nomadic Wax interviewed civil society actors, musicians, media/radio producers and television personalities. This study focuses on CSO actors, musicians, media makers and activists in: Kinshasa, Kikwit, and Bukavu.



About: SPOTLIGHT! is a dynamic after school Adolescent Literacy Program at Berta A. Dreyfus Intermediate School 49 (IS 49) in Staten Island. For 3 afternoons each week, 20 IS 49 6th graders developed their literacy skills in a new and innovative way – by developing skills for the stage and screen. SPOTLIGHT! tapped students' interests in the performing and media arts to improve reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills.