Ingrid Dahl

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Ingrid Dahl, Editor

Youth Media Reporter
New York
(212) 367-4623

Age: 27

Salary: $44,000-49,000

About Youth Media Reporter: This website and professional journal serves educators and funders in the youth media field. The print journal published its first edition in February.

Her Job: “Basically, I’m doing five people’s jobs right now: soliciting, editing, writing articles, and at the same time getting out there, going to cities to meet with youth media educators.” Getting the print edition up and running, she says, has involved “tons of e-mails, phone calls and meetings.”

Best Part: “The ability to travel or work from home.”

Worst Part: “Being one woman doing five things. Because of that, I’m not able to go out to enough screenings and neighborhood events.”

Memorable Moment: “I was at EVC [Educational Video Center], bringing our peer review board to see what other organizations were doing. I remember speaking to young urban kids, editing a documentary. They had a huge binder of every shot they had taken. They told me, ‘I barely spend this much time on homework.’ ”

The documentary was about street harassment of women. “A group of young African-American males went right up to men in the streets and asked them about street harassment. I thought, ‘You kids are really kicking ass.’ ”

Ingrid Dahl, Rocker

Founding Member, Teacher
Willie Mae Rock Camp
New York
(212) 777-1323

Age: 27

Salary: “Minus! I put a lot of money into it.”

About the Camp: It operates two weeklong sessions each summer, serving a total of 100 8- to 18-year-olds. The camp is based on a leadership model that aims to break down harmful self-perceptions about sex, class, race and sexual preference. “It’s very much about empowerment,” Dahl says, “getting girls past the idea of being passive and looking pretty.”

Her Job: Dahl, who plays guitar in the female rock band Boyskout, develops the camp curriculum, “Image vs. Identity.” She also teaches some of the bass and guitar lessons.

Best Part of the Job: “Organizing a day camp that has a major agenda that it almost always achieves.”

Idea on the Rise: “There are like 15 to 25 girl rock camps every year now. Portland [Ore.] is the model; they created the Girls Rock Institute.”

Power of Music: “When I was an angsty 14-year-old, I’d love to have gone to this camp. Most of the girls have never picked up an instrument when they come here. But we have young girls telling us this changed their lives. Like, ‘My mom has AIDS and I have no money, and this was amazing.’ ”