Brookline Interactive Group

Youth Media Education

Join our free out-of-school programs for youth ages 10-18. The process is youth-driven, with mentoring and support from BIG staff. The youth choose the topics, develop the scripts, conduct interviews, shoot and edit videos, and crew productions in order to tell stories and showcase youth.   

Our interactive curricula includes foundations in storytelling, technical skills for media production, and “soft” skills such as communication, listening, organization, public speaking, presentation of ideas, and professional demeanor. While youth take part in this program based on their passion for media creation, the benefits extend beyond the technical and include important skills and experiences that will be essential in their transition to the world of work.

The Arts2Work: Youth Media Job Training Program provides three options for engagement. The foundational levels are rooted in a successful out-of-school program through a deliberate process of skill-building and personal development. As youth develop they are able to take a deeper dive to focus on job training and skills, communication techniques and transition to adulthood. 

Intergenerational Digital Storytelling 

Intergenerational Digital Storytelling (IDS) project furthers the education and media skill-building of teens but also builds on the work BIG has been doing during the pandemic to bring programs to isolated seniors in our community. 

In this out-of-school program, youth participate, develop, and record oral histories of local seniors and shape them into digital stories. Producing these videos from start to finish, each youth has to develop their communication skills by talking with seniors to explain the project and to conduct a recorded interview with the senior.

Both remote and in-person options are available as each person feels comfortable. At the end of the project all youth and senior participants participate in a live Zoom screening of their completed work with a Q&A, in front of their families, and organizational staff.

Watch the Playlist of IDS Stories.

Email to learn more or sign up!

Brain Wave 

Another component to our Youth Media Program is to use media to help foster youth artists and youth creativity. We are giving middle and high school students the media skills needed to showcase BHS and other Brookline youth musicians, artists, poets, filmmakers and actors. During the school year, youth produce monthly, live youth talent showcases that are broadcasted from BIG’s three-camera studio to BIG’s community cable channels and social media streams. 

Every aspect of the show’s creation, from pre-production to live studio production to post-production, is driven by teens. Youth participants of the hybrid (mixed virtual and in-person) bi-weekly after-school producer team learn valuable skills in live television and sound production including project management, talent curation/management, camera operation, directing, audio production, post-production for audio and video, social media and promotion –and most importantly, teamwork and communication! Youth performers in the variety show gain experience taking direction and performing in front of a live and TV audience, giving them exposure to a much broader audience. All these skills are essential for working in the creative industries in front-of-and-behind the microphone and cameras.

Watch the Playlist of Brain Wave Videos. 

  • Virtual Planning Meetings on Mondays, 6-7:30pm
  • In-person Meeting on Thursdays, 6-7:30pm.
  • Live shows monthly on Friday evenings.

Email to learn more or sign up!

Leveling Up – Job Training Apprentice Program

The most engaged youth will have opportunities for more in depth para-professional development and workplace experiences. These paid-work experiences will hone their skills, solidify their confidence, and grow their resume.

We hire youth to be mentored by professional staff at BIG and pay an hourly wage for 50-60 hours over the summer to create additional video content. Giving youth real-world experience, we base the selection on a traditional job-search process, including application and interview, to take part in a semester-long apprentice program. Through this paid apprenticeship experience they will gain valuable job readiness skills: communication, time-management, attention to detail, and follow-through.

Skill-development includes pre-production and planning, cameras, lighting, sound, filming techniques, post-production techniques, graphic design, and the art of story-telling. As participants gain more experience and confidence with their skills, they will be called upon to mentor the newcomers and less-experienced youth. 

Click here to apply.

Parental Consent Form

Please click on the link above to complete a consent form for each minor who wishes to attend BIG’s youth programs. 

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