ActionSP2 Film Fellows Program

Launched in Fall 2017, the ActionSP2 Film Fellows Program trains students in professional video production. They then film, edit, and upload videos covering SP2 events such as lectures, presentations, and discussions over the semesters. Students also have access to production quality equipment for individual projects.

The program has been created to support students who wish to acquire media production skills. Films and videos are increasingly more important in communicating both scholarship and social activism. Film Fellows therefore have access to free high-end video equipment, professional training, and mentoring. In return, they are paid to support SP2’s mission by producing film, video, and multimedia on events for social policy, practice, and justice.

The program is cohort based with new Film Fellows selected annually. Working together with professional staff, the cohort trains together and meets on a regular basis to cooperative learn new techniques and provide feedback on current work.

You can view the latest work by the ActionSP2 Film Fellows on the Penn SP2 YouTube channel.

Meet the 2017-2018 Film Fellows

Jenessa Irvine

MSW Program

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Jenessa Irvine is a first-year Master of Social Work student from Los Angeles, California. Jenessa graduated from Pomona College and spent the last 4 years working with youth in education programs in Sacramento and New York City. Currently, Jenessa is interning at an elementary school in North Philadelphia for my MSW field placement. Jenessa notes, “I am excited to explore social justice and storytelling through film and thrilled to be part of the Film Fellows program!”

Alyssa Kaminski

NPL Program

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Alyssa Kaminski has been working with Philadelphia arts and cultural organizations since 2012. She is pursuing her Master of Science in Nonprofit Leadership at SP2 to better understand the nonprofit ecosystem and conceptualize ways the industry can improve its traditional fundraising and operational standards. Alyssa has a BFA in Fine Arts Photography and Video from the University of Delaware. She is currently employed by the Penn Museum where she maintains the museum’s websites and produces educational videos about the museum’s programs, exhibitions, and publications.

Sam Margolius

MSW/NPL Programs

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Sam Margolius grew up in the Philadelphia area and joined Penn’s SP2 program in 2017 to pursue a clinically focused Master of Social Work and Master of Science in Nonprofit Leadership after years working in the Greater Boston Area. Most recently, Sam served as Program Director of YouthHarbors, a community and high school based program serving 17-24 year old unaccompanied homeless youth in six public high schools. He has presented on best practices related to prevention & early intervention strategies in the area of unaccompanied youth homelessness at the National Alliance to End Homelessness conference in California and Washington, D.C. and for educators and practitioners across eastern Massachusetts. Currently, Sam is a Clinical Intern at The Kirkbride Center, a residential rehabilitation program in West Philadelphia serving adult men and women in treatment for a range of addiction and psychiatric illnesses. He comes to SP2 with a deep interest in developmental trauma and a passion for incorporating clinical expertise into strategic practice and policy innovation.

Yu Qian (Charley)

NPL Program

Yu Qian (Charley) is a full-time Master of Science in Nonprofit Leadership student. After receiving his Bachelor’s degree in Economics in Shanghai, China, he was attracted by the experiential learning as well as various opportunities offered by the NPL program and decided to join the SP2 community. He is passionate about the interaction between nonprofit and business sectors and looking forward to the inspiration provided by the learning experience at Penn. As a previous amateur film-maker, he hopes to contribute his expertise while being able to learn new skills. He is eager to be part of the SP2 community.


MSW Program

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Sawyer is a writer and aspiring director. She enjoys sharing experiences through writing and film because she feels when we pay attention to other people’s experiences, we better understand our own. Her likes include gel manicures and dogs.

Jacob Smith

NPL Program

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Jacob Smith is a full-time candidate in the Master of Science in Nonprofit Leadership program.  Before coming to Penn, Jacob graduated from Drexel University with a Bachelor’s of Science in Computer Science. He also worked at Drexel as a Systems Administrator where he solved problems for professors and tutored students. Jacob is very interested in using technology to affect positive social change.

Tiffany Yau

NPL Program

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Tiffany Yau is a current submatriculant at Penn, pursuing her MS in Nonprofit Leadership while also completing her final undergraduate year to obtain her BA at Penn. She is the Team Captain of the Penn Women’s Golf Team and also the Founder & Director of Hult Prize Ivy, an initiative to bring together all eight Ivy League universities for social entrepreneurship.

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