AMP UP -  A collegiate media experience for high school students

This four-week workshop presents the opportunity to explore the many aspects of media production while developing the skills needed to be a successful storyteller. AMP (Academy of Media Production) students learn the power of good writing and visual storytelling by creating videos, short films, webcasts, multi-camera productions, and more. This on-campus, live-in college program gives students the tools to pursue all facets of media production, while collaborating with like-minded students, making new friends, and having a life-changing summer experience in the heart of Boston.  

DATES: July 6 to July 31, 2020
FOR Students entering the 10th, 11th, or 12th grade in Fall 2020
TUITION + FEES Tuition and fees for 2020 total $6,450 — which includes tuition, room, board, and health services.
DEADLINE March 31, 2020

The Media Fellowships at Downtown Community Youth Media Training

Media Fellows:


  • Create films that matter
  • Get hands-on media training
  • Develop a voice within their community
  • Learn the craft of filmmaking
  • Grow alongside professional filmmakers
  • Earn school/community service credit
  • Receive academic tutoring


Junior Media Fellows

Beginner & Intermediate Level
Students learn the basics of documentary filmmaking, including camera operation, editing skills, interviewing and media literacy. The Junior Fellows produce a series of projects including a PSA, collaborative fiction project, and a group documentary. Additionally, students in this program curate Docu-Jam, a youth documentary film festival. Graduates are eligible to apply for the Intermediate Media Fellows Program. Meal and transportation stipend, included.

Who is Eligible?: NYC students, grades 9-10
Where: DCTV, 87 Lafayette Street, New York, NY 10013
When: After School, twice a week (4:30-6:30pm) or one weekend day each week (11am—5pm
Length: September-June (10 months)
To apply via our website click here.

Intermediate Media Fellows

Advanced Level Training
Students must have completed at least one year of media arts instruction at DCTV or at an equivalent media program. At the Advanced level of training, students learn the art of documentary filmmaking through intensive studies in camera operation, lighting, sound, editing, research, interviewing and more. Advanced Fellows create two original video projects: a group project, where they will share research, direct, shoot, and edit an individual piece.

Who is eligible?: NYC students, grades 10-11
Where: DCTV, 87 Lafayette Street, NY NY 10013
When: After School once a week (4:30-6:30pm) and one weekend day each week (11am—5pm
Length: September-June (10 months)
Application Deadline: Closed

Senior Media Fellows

Pre-professional Level Training
Students must have completed at least two years of media arts instruction at DCTV or demonstrate advanced video production and post-production skills. Students continue intensive, “hands-on” instruction and practice in camera operation, lighting, sound engineering, editing, sound design, research, interviewing and more. Senior Fellows research, write, shoot, and edit an individual video, which is usually a self-portrait and an individual project of choice. There are opportunities for Senior Fellows to participate in domestic and international reporting assignments.

Who: NYC students, grades 11-12
Where: DCTV, 87 Lafayette Street, New York, NY 10013
When: After school, one day per week, plus one full weekend day
Length: 10 months (September – June)
Application Deadline: Closed

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Explore, Design, Create!

Has anyone ever told you that you have an “eye for design”? Do your friends always ask you to take group pictures because of your awesome photography skills? Are you a pro at doodling? Are your friends tired of playing video games with you because you always destroy them? Join an open workshop as a video or audio producer, photographer, graphic designer, animator, or game designer. With the help from experts in these fields, you’ll learn to use professional hardware and software to create your own digital media projects.

By the end of each session, you will have completed a video, audio track, design project, game, animation, website, or app and will have an opportunity to share your work at a citywide celebrations!


RECYouth is free and open to all New York City teens who meet the following criteria:

  • Age 13-17 at start of program
  • Recreation Center member (membership is free to youth 17 and under)
  • Committed to length of program
  • Interested in either film, animation, graphic design, photography, gaming, or coding
  • Able to work independently and in a group

Time and Location

  • Winter session: January – April
  • Spring session: April – June
  • Summer session: July– August
  • Fall session: September – December

The RECYouth program takes place in Computer Resource Centers (CRCs), which are located within recreation centers. RECYouth offerings vary by CRC. Please email or call (212) 255-3066 to request a registration package or for information about RECYouth classes.

How to Apply

CRCs accept applications on a rolling basis, however early registration is encouraged. You can register online , email or call (212) 255-3066 for a current RECYouth class schedule and to request an application.

FREE Summer Programs

CUNY Summer in the City College courses:

College Now Summer Programs: College Now summer programs are open to all NYC high school students. You should contact the program you wish to apply to directly for specific information about requirements and how to apply. You can find program contact information at the bottom of each page

Participants will receive a student MetroCard, snacks and lunch.

Teen Reviewers and Critics (TRaC Program)

The Teen Reviewers and Critics (TRaC) Program is a FREE after-school opportunity for teens to explore the arts in NYC. Participants spend ten weeks attending cutting-edge theater, dance and music performances; visiting artist studios, galleries, and museums; mastering NYC’s subway system; learning the art of discussion and critical writing; producing media content; and so much more!

To apply and see more information, visit 

Free Princeton Journalism Program for Y1s

This is an all-expenses-paid program for high school student journalists from low-income backgrounds that will take place for 10 days next summer on the campus of Princeton University. The program’s goal is to diversify college and professional newsrooms by encouraging outstanding students from low-income backgrounds to pursue careers in journalism.

Classes at the program are taught by reporters and editors from The New York Times, The Washington Post, The New Yorker, The Daily Beast, Time, Foreign Policy, The New Republic, Sports Illustrated, CNN and NPR, among other media outlets. Students meet with numerous Princeton professors, as well as Princeton’s president and dean of admissions. They report an investigative story, cover a professional sports event, produce a TV segment, and publish their own newspaper. And they receive guidance on the college admissions process not only during the 10 days of the program, but also during the fall of their senior year of high school.

Students selected for the program will have all their costs, including the cost of travel to and from Princeton, paid for by the program.


To be eligible for the program, students must meet the following qualifications:

– They must currently be juniors in high school.

– They must live in the continental United States.

– They must have at least an unweighted 3.5 grade point average (out of 4.0).

– They must have an interest in journalism.

– The combined income of their custodial parent(s)/guardian(s) plus child support payments, if any, must not exceed $45,000.

Note: This program is for students from low-income backgrounds. If the combined income of the custodial parent(s)/guardian(s) plus child support payments, if any, exceeds $45,000 and a student still wishes to apply, he or she may attach a letter explaining why his or her family qualifies as financially under-resourced.
Additional information about the program is available at .
If you have questions, the best way to reach us is via email at .

National Student Leader Conference

National Student Leader Conference (NSLC) provides students with the opportunity to experience life on a college campusdevelop essential leadership skills; and explore a future career through exciting simulationsexclusive site visits and interactive meetings with renowned leaders in their chosen field.

Leadership is the key to success in every profession and at the core of every NSLC youth leadership program. At the NSLC, you will enjoy innovative and fun leadership workshops where you will both learn and apply essential leadership skills including: Team Building, Ethical Decision Making, Time Management, Goal Setting, Public Speaking, and Conflict Resolution.

Youth Leadership Programs:

  • Business & Entrepreneurship
  • Culinary Arts & Restaurant Management
  • Education & the Classroom
  • Engineering
  • Forensic Science
  • Intelligence & National Security
  • International Diplomacy
  • Journalism, Film & Media Arts
  • Law & Advocacy
  • Mastering Leadership
  • Medicine & Health Care
  • Political Action & Public Policy
  • Sports & Entertainment Management
  • Theater

Programs take place in New York City, DC, Chicago, San Francisco

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Teen Cancer Outreach Program at Gilda’s Club

Do you have a family member or friend living with cancer? Do you or did you have cancer yourself? Have you experienced the death of a loved one to cancer? TEENS CONNECT at Gilda’s Club is for you!

Teens Connect is a weekly group for teens impacted by cancer in any way
Join with other teens who “get it”



JUNIOR ASSOCIATE BOARD: Dedicated teens who are committed to making a positive impact on the lives of people touched by cancer. The mission of the Junior Associate Board is to promote awareness of GCNYC in the community it serves, organize initiatives  and events,  provide volunteer service & earn community service hours .   As ambassadors of GCNYC, members of this special group have the opportunity to participate in many different ways including fundraising, events, public relations, outreach and recruitment of new members.

UPCOMING:  Our 4th Annual It’s Always Something Teen Essay Contest.  This contest provides a forum for teens in grades 9-12, living in NYC or Long Island, to write about their experience with cancer, whatever that may be.  Information will go out when the contest launches in early 2013.

If you are a teen living in NYC that has been touched by cancer, contact us today!  For information on all teen and youth programming, please contact Michele Halusic, Program Manager of Outreach and Youth Initiatives at (212) 647-9700 x243 or

Emma L. Bowen Foundation: Media Internship

The Emma L. Bowen Foundation prepares minority youth for careers in the media industry. During the four-year program, students have an opportunity to learn many aspects of corporate operations and develop company-specific skills. Corporations have an opportunity to train and mentor students with the option of full-time employment upon completion of their college degrees.

The Emma Bowen Fellows Program provides multi-year internships to students of color at media companies across the country. Each student works as a paid summer intern from the summer before their freshman year of college through their college graduation, gaining significant on-the-job training in their field and making connections with colleagues and mentors that last a lifetime. Our fellows graduate with invaluable work experience and a head-start in whichever career they choose.

We work to educate and place our students in all areas of the industry, and focus on three programming tracks – the Business of Media (Sales, Public Relations, Marketing, Human Resources, etc.), Content of Media (News Production, Broadcast Journalism, and Print Journalism), and Innovation of Media (Engineering, Software Development, Digital Marketing, Coding, etc.).

For a more detailed description of the program and the application, please visit:

First Take Journalism

FIRST TAKE is a news blog featuring work produced by high school students interested in journalism. The annual workshop is organized by the New York Association of Black Journalists (NYABJ).

Our hands-on instruction gives you a huge boost before college. Learn multimedia and communication skills, plus software, tools and techniques necessary for the media industry of the future. Work with helpful mentors, learn from guest speakers, meet smart students like you. Get ahead with First Take.

Students learn multiplatform journalism working with volunteer mentors. Students learn valuable skills for the communications industry by reporting news under the guidance of real New York media professionals. Participants produce their own television multimedia projects which include a news website, a video newscast, and a newspaper.

This free 8-week program, held every Fall at CUNY J-School, meets Saturdays from 9 am to 4 pm. The 2016 session begins on September 24th. The application deadline is Sept. 17th. But don’t procrastinate. Limited spots are available. High school students only. Apply today. Good Luck!

For details, visit