Youth Media Program

Youth Media Program

Cambridge youth work as media artists, building vital career skills.

Teens Talk Youth Media at CCTV from Cambridge Community Television on Vimeo.

Our Youth Media Program teaches Cambridge teens media making and career readiness skills, while they work as paid media artists. The program is comprised of two components: the Summer Media Institute and the School Year Production Program. Check out some of the many videos produced by CCTV youth members on the right side of this page. Award winning programming produced by CCTV youth members is also available for viewing here.

If you have questions about the program or would like more information, contact Clodagh Drummey at

Summer Media Institute (SMI)

SMI is a six-week work experience and media production program run though a partnership with the Mayor's Summer Youth Employment Program. Each summer, teens in the program attend workshops and learn camcorder, editing, lighting and audio, gaining media art, technical production, and computer application skills. As participants develop media skills, they are paid to work as media artists, producing a variety of productions.

School Year Production Program (SYPP)

SYPP is an afterschool program designed to provide teens with an opportunity to further develop career readiness and media production skills after the conclusion of the Summer Media Institute. The school year program is run through partnerships with Enroot and Cambridge Housing Authority's Workforce Program. The SYPP runs each year from October to May. School Year Production students work on the Innovation in My Backyard series, which profiles industries and career opportunities in Cambridge.

What Teens Are Saying About the Youth Media Program

I learned things that I would not be able to learn anywhere else. -Haydn

I learned how to work a video camera, how to edit and how to make statements in a way that people will listen. - Emily

My experiences here, making films, have inspired me a lot, and given me an idea of a possible career I might like to pursue. - Max

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