Fall and Spring Semester Programming
The TV, film, music, and audio/visual production industry is booming in Chicago, and all too often these jobs go to outsiders from the community because there are not enough local skilled workers in these fields. Our goal is to change that by engaging with many local businesses and partners through our summer institute and year round programming, offering a pathway for scholarships, internships, and finally, unsubsidized jobs in this industry.
Youth will be invited to continue on with programming during our fall and spring semesters, specializing in filmmaking, editing, and sound design; multimedia production and techniques; acting and storytelling; and music production. Programs will be offered in the afternoons 1-2 days a week. Youth who did not participate in the summer institute can join during the fall or spring semesters. Once youth complete an entire program year, they can apply for apprenticeship positions to serve as teacher aides during the second year of the program.
We provide workshops on financial literacy and creative entrepreneurialism, supporting youth to start their own businesses and establishing an ecosystem of support in the industry. Not only does this promote our community’s economic development and help interrupt the cycle of poverty, but it also ensures Chicago is producing original content by people born and raised in the city and in the communities portrayed in the media.