Our Youth Media Academy (YMA), trains the next generation of social justice filmmakers to effectively use storytelling to change the world. Inspired by the trailblazing work of our founder Jennifer Siebel Newsom and led by professional filmmakers, students in the YMA learn technical aspects of filmmaking – from concept to storyboarding, filming, editing, and other aspects of production. Students also learn about social justice issues, community engagement, political activism, and social-emotional learning.
Due to the pandemic, the 2021 Youth Media Academy was primarily offered online with two in-person YMA groups, including our first international YMA with 15 students from Anahuacalmecac International Baccalaureate World School in Cuentepec, Mexico. Watch our 2021 Youth Media Academy students learn, develop, and inspire from 22 states and 6 countries to create incredible documentary short films!