2020, A Year of Tests and Triumphs
What a year it has been! Looking back on our lives and ministry activities a year ago, who could have never imagined the twists and turns this year would bring. 2020 has challenged us all and revealed what loyal friends Ripple Ministries has. We are so grateful for your support and excited to share with you the triumphs that you have made possible.
2020, A Year of Creative Solutions
A Unique Opportunity
2020 started with great momentum and, thanks to Jim Sisko and Bellevue College, our students received a unique production opportunity. Despite the January snowfall three instructors and six students took part in filming a performance by the Bellevue College Jazz Band. Not only did the students get to see first hand how the Bellevue College technical team film a performance, they were also allowed to shoot with TSP cameras, including an interview with Jim Sisko about the music program at Bellevue College. Each student spent the next 4 weeks editing the shots into a performance video or documentary. The course ended with a showcase event and it was amazing to see the unique perspective each student brought to the project.
Fortitude In The Fog When the first shutdown hit, we were in a break between winter and spring with plans to start classes again in April for the Spring quarter. Like everyone, we were left guessing when we'd be able to resume normal activity, but as weeks turned into months our staff worked feverishly to offer Zoom sessions that would put students in touch with unique experiences hoping to get back to hands on learning as soon as possible. the silver lining of the big stay-at-home cloud was the number of professional filmmakers and artists who were also stuck at home and willing to share their knowledge and experiences with our students. Thanks to Zoom we were able to host summer meetings with Hollywood Foley Sound Artist, Adam DeCoster (Shown Left), indie filmmaker, Claire Imler and David Board, owner of Stage 2 Studios in Snohomish. David introduced the students to Blender, a free animation platform and shared some basics on digital animation.
The Show Must Go On
When the first shutdown hit, we were in a break between winter and spring with plans to start classes again in April for the Spring quarter. Like everyone, we were left guessing when we'd be able to resume normal activity, but as weeks turned into months our staff worked feverishly to offer Zoom sessions that would put students in touch with unique experiences hoping to get back to hands on learning as soon as possible. the silver lining of the big stay-at-home cloud was the number of professional filmmakers and artists who were also stuck at home and willing to share their knowledge and experiences with our students. Thanks to Zoom we were able to host summer meetings with Hollywood Foley Sound Artist, Adam DeCoster (Shown Left), indie filmmaker, Claire Imler and David Board, owner of Stage 2 Studios in Snohomish. David introduced the students to Blender, a free animation platform and shared some basics on digital animation.
New ways to Learn and Grow
Before the restrictions kicked in TSP had been contacted by Green Snohomish, an organization dedicated to the preservation and education about the historic trees in Snohomish. They were needing assistance recording the scripts that Arborist, John First uses during the Snohomish Tree Tour. Though their main goal was to train new guides, the shutdown had us all brainstorming on how the public could continue to enjoy the trees. Why not put the whole tree tour on Youtube for anyone to enjoy? Our lead instructor, Chris Gove proposed a plan giving
every tree on the tour its own short video identifying each stop. This was the perfect opportunity to allow our more advanced students to serve as interns and learn the process of working with clients to create professional video projects. Thus, the Community Production Projects (CPP) program was born. Three interns began work on the project with Chris. The majority of videos should be completed in April, 2021. We look forward to showing you all the finished product and creating a learning experience for the community.
"The Teen Storyteller Project offered through Ripple Ministries has been one of the most positive
influences on our son over the past 2 years. As parents, we have been continuously impressed and inspired by the organization’s commitment to their purpose. It has provided a place for our son to belong, contribute, and develop his love of filmmaking. As an intern, he takes his role very seriously. While technically neither at-risk nor under-resourced in the conventional sense of the words, our son found an important connection through Ripple Ministries that he was missing and we are grateful for the opportunity offered him."
J & T Scott
Plans for 2021
Creating Hands-on Experiences Amidst Social Distancing
With the most recent shutdown, we have determined that trying to get students back to the Digital Gym in January would be difficult. We have also learned that most students are highly burned out on online classes and are dealing with heavy loads of homework to make up for the lack of class time. In response, we have decided to start classes in February of 2021 and run them through May based on a semester rather that the usual seasonal schedule. The goal is to keep classes to one day a week and give students ample time to finish projects in a low pressure learning environment. This will also allow us to keep class sizes small to stay within early phase reopening requirements.
Growing Internship Opportunities
Internships will continue to grow in opportunities for our students. This Fall, two other organizations
have contacted us about creating videos about the city of Snohomish needing a broader scope of production techniques which will be great for our interns. A fee scale has been developed by our staff that allows us to cover the cost of running the Community Projects Program yet still gives community based organizations a massive discount on professional services.
Reaching More At-Risk Teens
Funding has been secured through Snohomish County's JDAI Micro-Training Agreement to offset the cost of running the STEP Into Filmmaking program. Though the shutdown has created a drop in the number of students coming through we are working to optimize the program for the duration of online classes and prepare for the day that our justice-involved STEP students can return to the classroom. (STEP stands for Snohomish Teen Evening Program and is part of the Denney Juvenile Justice Center's Alternatives to Detention Initiative). The goal is to move to a larger, more accessible facility in Everett within the next 2 years.
Since David worked with students online this summer a conversation has continued about developing an animation and game development program at the TSP Digital Gym. We are in talks with DJJC staff regarding bringing animation and game development training to incarcerated students. Though there is much navigation ahead, we are so grateful for the opportunity to collaborate with David Board and Stage 2 Studios.
2020 Ripple Ministries Golf Classic
The additional funding has enabled us to increase our staff and make plans to expand our programming. We are currently looking at all of our best options for equipment improvements and additions. Your generosity makes all this possible!
Since December donations are still coming in, tax receipts will be sent out in January. In the meant time we hope you will visit www.rippleministries.org to see meet our staff, see our class offerings and catch the latest news! Until then, we hope you and your loved ones have a safe and joyful Christmas and New Year filled with new hope and much success!
Mike Gove, Board President
Carrie Gove, Executive Director
Ashley Pederson, Director of Ed Programming
Christopher Gove, Lead Instructor and JDAI Coordinator
Anneke Thompson, Administrative Assistant, Graphic Arts Specialist
Board of Directors
Bob and Avon Pelsang, Ky and Phoebe Elliot, Mike and Carrie Gove, Walt Kurowski.
Always in Our Hearts!
In May we lost one of our beloved board members to Coronavirus. Sherry Kurowski was an active member of Overlake Christian Church, and Central Faith Church in Snohomish, WA. Sherry shared her husband’s passion for the people of Africa and traveled there with Walt four times. Sherry served at New Horizons, a ministry to youth experiencing homelessness in Seattle, WA and was a beloved part time employee at Costco. Sherry faithfully served her church, her family and the Board of Ripple Ministries. Our prayers continue for Walt and their family. Sherry is sorely missed by us all!