Hear Me 101 is a year-long program based in public schools located in economically disadvantaged neighborhoods. Over the course of a school year students create short documentaries from concept to final cut. Hear Me 101 guides students as they investigate issues affecting their schools and their communities, allowing their voices to be heard by policy makers.

Hear Me 101 is a program of Carnegie Mellon University's CREATE Lab. Weichler came on-board in 2012 through their partnership with Pittsburgh Filmmakers and worked alongside them at McKeesport, Steel Valley, and Clairton High Schools til 2014.

Students from Steel Valley High School in Pittsburgh, PA created this documentary to inspire viewers to invest in the Steel Valley region. Jess assisted students with interviews and worked with them as they edited in iMovie.

Teaching students at McKeesport High School how to record high quality audio with a microphone for their interviews. During the 2013-2014 school year Jess lead a class of sixteen students as they developed, produced, and edited documentaries on the educational value of video games, hip hop, and depression in teens. All topics were decided upon by the students, as topics that are important to them and their generation.

Teaching students at McKeesport High School


Students at McKeesport High School interview local muscians, Cello Fury.

Students at McKeesport High School interviewing local musicans, Cello Fury, on the importance of music education in schools. These students were a part of Hear Me 101 during the 2012-2013 school year.