Dear Mo’ Magic,
The Bay Area Video Coalition would like to reach out to you, as a fellow community organization dedicated to youth and/or media and the arts, regarding our 2013 – 2014 Next Gen Digital Pathways Youth Media Training Program.
Below you’ll find more information about the 2013 – 2014 Program. We’ve also attached a flyer which we hope you will distribute throughout your organization, as a way to increase and enhance youth participation in the media arts throughout the Bay Area. Lastly, our Next Gen team is available to present the Program in person to any youth within your organization; if this is of interest to you, please don’t hesitate to contact us to schedule a site visit to your organization.
We look forward to hearing back from you!
The Next Gen Staff
The Bay Area Video Coalition is excited to announce the launch of its 2013 – 2014 Next Gen Digital Pathways youth media training program. Students ages 14-18 are encouraged to apply for Digital Pathways’ Tracks and Advanced Tracks online at: www.bavc.org/nextgen
Tracks and Advanced Tracks provide free, after school media arts programs for predominantly low income, high school aged young people (ages 14-18). Over 120 hours, participants receive industry-standard training in digital media production, leading to portfolios and paid summer internships or capstone experiences.
Under the instruction of award-winning filmmakers, professional web developers, designers, practicing artists and musicians, small cohorts of students develop their media arts and technology training and refine their own artistic expression while gaining critical career skills.
This year, students can apply for one of five Tracks:
Beginning Audio Production
Beginning Video Production
Web, Code & Design
Advanced Audio Production (BUMP Records)
Advanced Video Production (The Factory)
Students who are accepted into Tracks and Advanced Tracks:
Join a class of up to 12 students with one instructor and teaching assistant
Meet twice a week after-school from September 16, 2013 – May 29, 2014
Participate in monthly soft skill workshops (resume and cover letter writing, mock interviews)
Participate in monthly college preparation/retention forums and support opportunities for students and their parents; and
Build a network and broader perspective of media arts/technology careers through career panels, field trips and guest speakers
After training during the school year, Tracks graduates are placed in paid summer internships or capstone experiences from June – August 2014, where they apply their skills to a work environment, build their networks, receive mentorship for creative and technical leaders and enhance their resumes and portfolios. Past internship sites include: Mozilla, Present Creative and Sega. Advanced Tracks graduates develop videos and original music for organizations like KQED, Black Girls Code and Creative Growth Art Center. BAVC also works with the local tech industry to create doorways to entry-level positions for our program alumni. Ultimately, the Digital Pathways program creates a pipeline to postsecondary opportunities and the workforce for youth facing multiple barriers to education and employment opportunities.
Since Digital Pathways has limited availability per track, it is recommended to apply as soon as possible. Students will be asked to visit the BAVC office for a short interview (to take place in late July and August). Please see the attached flyer for more information. We can provide copies for you to distribute to students or schedule visits for announcements (in August).
BAVC is located in the Mission district at 2727 Mariposa Street, a 12 minute walk from the 16th Street/Mission BART and directly across the street from the 27 MUNI stop on Mariposa and Bryant. For more information, please visit www.bavc.org/nextgen or contact firstname.lastname@example.org.