Youth Programs

Since July 1, 2008, we have served 20,000+ young people through a variety of youth programs.

Sharks Foundation Logo

A special thanks to the Sharks Foundation for their 2014/2015 grant in support of our youth programs.

iCreaTV Summer Video Camp

At iCreaTV Summer Video Camp, students 10-18 years old learn how to make videos in the TV studio and in the field, in two different sessions, from expert instructors. Session One teaches TV Studio Production and Session Two, Field Production. Students may register for one or both. Each session runs for two weeks. At the end of each session, the students and their families are treated to a video premiere pizza party. All students videos air on Classrooms Channel 28.

CreaTV’s Media Access Project (MAP) Grant

In 2011 and again in 2013, CreaTV San Jose awarded $500,000 of video equipment, computers, software and training to San Jose elementary, middle and high schools.  The winning middle and high schools received field or studio kits valued at $50,000 each. The elementary schools received field camera kits valued at $5,000 each. In exchange, schools produced half-hour TV shows every month that aired on CreaTV San Jose’s Classrooms Channel 28 on Comcast and on CreaTV’s website Stayed tuned for MAP 2.0!

Educational Ecosystem

Since 2012, CreaTV San Jose has provided digital media training and support to four Xilinx Educational Ecosystem schools in San Jose: Ida Price Middle School, Leigh High School, Branham High School and Union Middle School.

The Studio

In the fall of 2012, thanks to the support of the Adobe Foundation and 1stAct Silicon Valley (now SV Creates), eight digital media sites in the South Bay began hosting classes and production opportunities for at-risk teens with video production equipment provided by CreaTV at several of these sites. Videos produced by youth at The Studio sites air on Classrooms Channel 28. CreaTV’s role ensures that teens have state of the art music recording and video production equipment at their disposal.

Youth Voice Initiative

San Jose is one of six cities in the country to receive funds to create a Youth Voice Initiative, providing youth feedback to city leadership and a media strategy around gang prevention. Spearheaded by the Mayor’s Gang Prevention Task Force, CreaTV San Jose was charged with guiding a group of youth leaders to create a television series using San Jose’s cable channels and online youth hotspots as a distribution method. Youth participants are producing thirty-minute talk shows interviewing city staffers, former gang members and other guests with vital information to the gang prevention conversation. The series premiered on Classrooms Channel 28 in 2013.

On August 13, 2012, representatives from the White House (Departments of Justice, Education, and Housing) meet at CreaTV San Jose to learn more about the program the youth are producing in our studios.

Internship Program

CreaTV San Jose hosts video production and marketing interns from high schools and colleges throughout the greater Bay Area. Production interns learn field camera, digital editing and studio skills during their semester long commitment and produce content for airing on CreaTV’s cable channels. Marketing interns assist the membership and marketing director with multi-ethnic community outreach and social media campaigns. For more information about CreaTV’s internship programs, CLICK HERE.

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