There are youth media organizations across the country (and beyond!). We’re continually updating this list, so if you have an addition or suggestion, please let us know!
Started in 2002 by writer Dave Eggers, 826 National chapters offer a variety of inventive programs that provide under-resourced students, ages 6-18, with opportunities to explore their creativity and improve their writing skills. Its so much more than that though – if you want to be truly inspired – check out all of their sites around the country and the inventive ways they are getting kids to engage.
Animate A Way
(SAN DIEGO, CA) As an after school stop-motion animation arts program, Animate A Way seeks to tap into the incredible potential of every youth to bring about their creative power and turn them into advocates against violence.
(WHITESBURG, KY) Appalshop is a non-profit multi-disciplinary arts and Education center in the heart of Appalachia producing original films, video, theater, music and spoken-word recordings, radio, photography, multimedia, and books.
(SAN DIEGO, CA) The AjA Project provides photography-based educational programming to youth affected by war and displacement; students think critically about their identities, develop leadership skills, and become agents of personal and social transformation.
BAVC: Bay Area Video Coalition
(SAN FRANCISCO, CA) The Bay Area Video Coalition (BAVC) inspires social change by enabling the sharing of diverse stories through art, education and technology.
BAYCAT : Bayview Hunters Point Center for Arts and Technology
(SAN FRANCISCO, CA) BAYCAT is based in San Francisco, CA. Their mission is to educate, empower and employ underserved youth and young adults to produce digital media that tells their unique stories and engages them to positively transform themselves, their communities and the world.
The Basement Studio
(LONDON, UK) The Basement Studio is a young people’s music charity in Bristol. It exists to encourage and support young people to express themselves through involvement with music.
Buffalo Youth Media Institute
(Buffalo, NY) Buffalo Youth Media Institute, established in 2005, works in partnership with the Buffalo Center for Arts & Technology to build social capital through the cultivation of critical thinking and 21st century skills. Our students are drawn from public schools on Buffalo’s East Side, a radically underserved and low-income part of the city, and are given after-school and summer intensive training in video production and documentary filmmaking free of charge.
CYMC: Conscious Youth Media Crew
(SAN FRANCISCO, CA) Through their unique San Francisco-based digital multimedia training program, youth participants increase their experience with visual arts and filmmaking, practice creative self-expression, develop voice through storytelling, gain marketable technology skills, and become involved in the community as media producers and young leaders.
Digital Youth Network
The Digital Youth Network (DYN) is a hybrid digital literacy program that creates opportunities for youth to engage in learning environments that span both in-school and out-of-school contexts.
Free Spirit Media
(CHICAGO, IL) Through hands-on production of their own media content, participants build life skills in communication, critical and independent thinking, teamwork, and the use of technology.
Gandhi Brigade Youth Media
(Silver Spring, MD) Gandhi Brigade Youth Media is a pioneering after school program that empowers young people in the Washington, DC region to use multimedia as tools to promote community building, multicultural understanding and the common good.
Global Action Project
(NEW YORK, NY) Global Action Project’s mission is to work with young people most affected by injustice to build the knowledge, tools, and relationships needed to create media for community power, cultural expression, and political change.
The Learning Network Blog NYTimes
Students 13 and older are invited to comment on questions about issues in the news.
Light House Studio
(CHARLOTTEVILLE, VA) Light House Studio is a nonprofit filmmaking center dedicated to helping students develop their vision and show their work. They believe in the importance of collaboration and community, the creativity of young minds, and the lasting benefits of our mentor-based approach to teaching the art of filmmaking.
Listen Up! is a youth media network that connects young video producers and their allies to resources, support, and projects in order to develop the field and achieve an authentic youth voice in the mass media. LISTEN UP IS NO LONGER ACTIVE, BUT STILL A GOOD RESOURCE.
National Association for Media Literacy Education
The NAMLE vision is to help individuals of all ages develop the habits of inquiry and skills of expression that they need to be critical thinkers, effective communicators and active citizens in today’s world.
People’s Production House
(NYC, NY) People’s Production House is a journalism training and production institute focused on producing stories that bring unheard voices to the fore. We teach students, immigrants, and working families how to create ground-breaking news critical to a vibrant democracy.
(SEATTLE, WA) Reel Grrls empowers young women from diverse communities to realize their power, talent and influence through media production.
(LONDON, UK) Reprezent 107.3FM is a vibrant youth-led radio station broadcasting to over 350,000 young people across London, UK.
SNAG: Seventh Native American Generation
SNAG provides Native youth the opportunity to achieve balance and harmony, address historical and modern grievances, and explore and develop leadership and community skills through arts and cultural expression.
Street Level Youth Media
(CHICAGO, IL) Street-Level Youth Media is a nonprofit organization that educates Chicago youth in the use of media arts and digital technology for self-expression, communication, and social change.
(NEW YORK, NY) The LAMP’s vision is that one day media literacy will be seen as the critical requirement to understanding the world and our place in it. Educated consumers demanding more accountable media will create a ground swell to which media companies will have to respond. As part of this movement, The LAMP works in communities to build healthy relationships with all forms of media.
(SANTA FE, NM) Warehouse 21 provides award-winning development programs in the performing, media and visual arts.
Wide Angle Youth Media
(BALTIMORE, MD) Wide Angle Youth Media is a non-profit organization that provides Baltimore youth with media education to tell their own stories and become engaged in their communities.
(OAKLAND, CA) Youth Radio promotes young people’s intellectual, creative, and professional growth through education and access to media.
(SAN FRANCISCO, CA) Youth Speaks creates safe spaces to empower the next generation of leaders, self-defined artists and visionary activists through written and oral literacies. They challenge youth to find, develop, publicly present and apply their voices as creators of social change.
Youth Media Project
Youth Media Project celebrates youth voice through professional development; co-creating curricula and co-facilitating the creation of youth-produced media with partner organizations. At our core is positive youth development and civic engagement.
Youth Media Reporter
YMR is a professional multi-media journal that serves practitioners, educators and academics in the youth media field.