In 2018, there continues to be a severe ethnic diversity in Film & Television Production. There is still a wide gap between those who have access to technology and the skills to benefit from this knowledge and those who don’t.
Our programs and initiatives help to broaden the perspective of urban youth by providing creative mentoring, technical training, social and digital literacy, self-awareness, advocacy & exploration of academic and career pathways.


Ninety-five percent of our youth participants are Latino and African-American, ages 14-24, from South LA, with 40% of all South LA residents under the age of 18. The community dropout rate is 19% with 60% of adults 25 and older who have not completed high school.


A growing number of young people are disengaged and unemployed, often referred to as NEET (not engaged in employment, education, or training). In low-income urban communities, 84% of households with youth do not own computers. As a result, many miss out on opportunities to benefit from technology, accessing information, learning valuable computer skills, and communicating with others.


  • Group, Peer, Virtual and One-on-One Mentoring
  • Media Arts Curriculum and Technical Training
  • Credentialing and Certification of 21st Century Skills
  • Leadership & Character Development
  • Civic Engagement & Advocacy


BETTER CREW: Media Arts Training & Certification

Better Crew is a certificated program where youth are trained in media arts curriculum including filmmaking, creative writing, editing, lighting, music and sound design. Program youth are exposed to both digital and social literacies. The goal is to express the personal narrative by creating a short film reflective of individual perspective and experience. Program youth receive specialized certification of 21st century and technical skills useful for the marketplace and higher learning. Facilitating and industry mentors support training, successful matriculation, and completion. General program target age range is 14-18 in school-based programs and 18-24 for community-based programs, with an emphasis on foster and homeless youth.

REAL TO REEL: Global Youth Film Festival & Tech Symposium

A linked learning community platform that activates an enterprising cohort of foster and at-risk then pairs them with industry mentors to help produce a community event to help further their marketplace pursuits and experiential learning. The program provides the opportunity for program youth to forge alliances with a global peer group and industry professionals. The annual fall film festival and tech symposium is hosted by Los Angeles Film School.