Making Our Own St  ories is a youth podcast about placemaking.   The  podcast  will reveal the stories behind the projects built in the  Buckeye  neighborhood through the  Making Our Own Space  workshops. The podcast puts the mic in the hands of youth, training them to craft and tell stories they find interesting—in their own voice.    MOOStories is led by a team of partners including Kent State University's  Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative  (CUDC), designer Ellen Sullivan, Kent State University  Master of Landscape Architecture  student Jessie Hawkins, community leader and independent radio broadcaster D'Angelo Knuckles, and  Sidewalk  founder and urban planner Justin Glanville.  We will train youth to tell their own stories, the stories of people living and working in the neighborhood, and relate the oral histories of their community. Students will interview teachers, neighbors, local leaders, city officials, and each other to better understand the messy and malleable process that shapes their neighborhood.     Making Our Own Stories is made possible through the generous support of the  Cleveland Foundation's  Minority Arts & Education Fund.   Scroll down to listen to episodes on our website or click the button below to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes.     
 
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Making Our Own Stories is a youth podcast about placemaking.

The podcast will reveal the stories behind the projects built in the Buckeye neighborhood through the Making Our Own Space workshops. The podcast puts the mic in the hands of youth, training them to craft and tell stories they find interesting—in their own voice.  

MOOStories is led by a team of partners including Kent State University's Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative (CUDC), designer Ellen Sullivan, Kent State University Master of Landscape Architecture student Jessie Hawkins, community leader and independent radio broadcaster D'Angelo Knuckles, and Sidewalk founder and urban planner Justin Glanville.

We will train youth to tell their own stories, the stories of people living and working in the neighborhood, and relate the oral histories of their community. Students will interview teachers, neighbors, local leaders, city officials, and each other to better understand the messy and malleable process that shapes their neighborhood.   

Making Our Own Stories is made possible through the generous support of the Cleveland Foundation's Minority Arts & Education Fund. 

Scroll down to listen to episodes on our website or click the button below to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes.

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10: Zoe on Life & Buckeye

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10: Zoe on Life & Buckeye

On episode 10, Zoe, 13, a core MOOS team member, lives off bustling Larchmere Avenue in the Buckeye-Shaker neighborhood. She reflects here on outsiders' perceptions of her neighborhood and what she sees in her own future.

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9: Marka Fields Q&A

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9: Marka Fields Q&A

In Episode 9, the MOOStories team interviews Marka Fields, Chief Planner for the City of Cleveland. Our young placemakers speak with Marka about her role at the City, why she decided to become an urban planner, and ask her if the neighborhood can get a SkyZone.

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7: Building Buckeye

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7: Building Buckeye

At the same time they're learning to make their own stories, the kids are also making their own spaces. In this episode, they use saws and power tools to build benches and outdoor furniture for a new public space in the Buckeye neighborhood. Plus, the kids visit an urban farm -- and Zoe gets bolder about asking questions.

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5: Daniel Takes the Mic

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5: Daniel Takes the Mic

Daniel is a returning student to the MOOS program. He has dreams of being a basketball coach or a police officer, or after learning to build at Britt Oval, maybe owning his own construction business. We get to know a little bit about Daniel and his community in this mini-episode, as he tries interviewing on his own for the first time. 

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4: Jennifer Coleman Q&A

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4: Jennifer Coleman Q&A

The MOOS team made a long list of people they'd like to interview, including architects, business owners, and other podcasters. On today's episode, the team interviews one person with experience in all those areas. Jennifer Coleman is the Senior Program Officer for the Arts at the George Gund Foundation. They talk about everything from career to cuisine. 

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3: On the Street

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3: On the Street

After some audio equipment training, the MOOS kids take it to the streets. They interview strangers to see what they would like to change and not change; and what they like and don't like in their neighborhood. 

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2: Wayne Mortensen Q&A

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2: Wayne Mortensen Q&A

On today's episode, the Making Our Own Stories (MOOS) team interviews Wayne Mortensen, Director of Design & Development at Cleveland Neighborhood Progress (CNP). CNP is a local community development funding intermediary with over twenty-five years of experience investing in community revitalization work in Greater Cleveland. Cleveland Neighborhood Progress owns Britt Oval, the green space where MOOS students are building outdoor furniture and playscapes for the Buckeye neighborhood. 

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1: Welcome to Buckeye

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1: Welcome to Buckeye

Kids have a ton to say about the places where they live, but they're seldom heard. What frustrates them? What excites them? What do they want to see change? For one group of kids in Cleveland, the answers are smart, funny -- and often surprising. 

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