Fostering creativity among young mediamakers.

Youth And Emerging Mediamakers

Are you interested in becoming a filmmaker? Do you have a unique perspective or story to tell? Do you want to know what it takes to be in the media industry?

JOIN US! The BAVC Media Youth and Emerging Media Maker (YEMM) Programs have a variety of classes, workshops, intensives, summer camps, and career readiness opportunities for you!



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Dive deep into the filmmaking field with technical training, career counseling, an internship stipend, and internship placement support. Make connections between media-making and social justice while learning from artists and entrepreneurs. The Bridges Fellowship is for people 18-24 interested in media careers.

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Serial Storytellers

Serial Storytellers is BAVC Media’s first-ever episodic writing and producing program for creatives 18-24 years old. We look forward to building on this pilot program with more emerging artist development programming in the coming months.

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Next Gen

Don’t just consume media. Learn how to tell your own story through audio, video, and design using industry-standard equipment and software in a supportive, collaborative environment.

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Uncharted will engage a diverse cross-section of Bay Area teens between the ages of 14-18 to document, reflect upon and share their experiences about living through the COVID-19 crisis in California.

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Reel Stories

Reel stories programs teach young women, nonbinary people, and gender-expansive youth that, with the right tools and training, they hold the key to a revolution in the media industry.

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Summer Programs

Spend your summer learning skills you will use for the rest of your life and keep you a step or two ahead.

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For over 20 years, BAVC Media Youth and Emerging Media Makers Programs (YEMM) have been local and national models in the field of media arts and education. 

YEMM Programs equip young people ages 12-25 with the skills and experience they need to create media that matters to them and focuses on their social change goals. We prepare our participants to enter the digital media workforce on pathways to finding sustainable employment in high-wage, high demand occupations, while developing a personal creative practice. Students gain marketable technical skills through hands-on, project-based coursework, taught by working professionals using industry-standard equipment.

In addition to rigorous technical training and career readiness coaching, students are taught essential soft skills, like communication, teamwork, leadership, and conflict resolution. Most notably, participants learn how to tell stories in the digital realm using their diverse life experiences as the foundation of their creative expression. BAVC Media’s YEMM programs are distinguished in their dedication to creating a safe, supportive, and culturally conscious environment for young voices to thrive, through embodying a social justice framework and prioritizing community building.

In early 2021 Reel Stories merged with BAVC Media to provide filmmaking programming through a gender equity lens. Reel Stories offers school year and summer programming for girls, young women, and nonbinary people.

As with all BAVC Media programs our focus is on diversity, equity, and inclusion. We recruit, enroll, and support participants from communities traditionally left out of media making ensuring that we are developing creative artists from a range of backgrounds.

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