Youth Media and Tech Workshop Overview
June 8, 2009 @ 8:00 am - November 20, 2022 @ 5:00 pm
Since 2009, the Native American Youth Media and Tech Workshop has travelled to reservations and urban centers across the world to provide an expansive and comprehensive program that provides new access for our community. Every year, we expand the workshop to include new curriculum, new technology and new equipment.
Our multimedia curriculum includes short film production that reflect the community and current issues effecting the youth participants. This entails the development and creation of documentaries, scripted narratives and PSA’s produced entirely by the young filmmakers. Curriculum includes learning proper camera operation, on-set sound recording, directing actors, lighting scenes, editing and music composition. The youth present their final pieces to their community at the conclusion of the workshop.
In 2019, we launched the Native Youth Animation Workshop. This program offers hands on instruction in 3-D animation software, 2-D animation drawn by hand and stop-motion animation. The workshop also provides tours of animation and visual effects studios. This initiative is meant to provide Native youth with the inspiration to explore animation as a viable opportunity and career path. This program has partnered with numerous studios and networks to offer genuine access.
In 2021, we created the Native Youth Virtual Reality Workshop. This program introduces cutting edge virtual reality applications and video production to Native youth. The workshop teaches new technology to Native youth so they can have every opportunity available in new technology. This program provides an in-depth look into the possibilities virtual reality provides our community. Our organization has partnered with the most high profile tech companies to provide this program. Check out some stills and vids here!
The entire program culminates with the Native Youth Multimedia Weekend in November. This has youth from all of our programs attend our annual film festival at the Chinese Theater in Hollywood. This initiative has youth participants from several reservations and communities attend studio tours, production workshops, film screenings and attendance to the Native American Media Awards.
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