Youth Programs

CreaTV San Jose teaches digital media skills to San Jose youth at our studios and supports educational programs in the San Jose community at elementary, middle and high schools and through corporate community-based educational initiatives. Keep in touch with this page for new youth program announcements.

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Film Arts Academy

Individual AFTER SCHOOL classes start on April 28. A special program designed to teach middle and high school students the art of TV show and video production from the experts. Individual classes teach specific aspects of TV show and video production including storytelling, scripting and interviewing, professional HD camera operation, audio, lighting and digital editing with Adobe Premiere Pro.

Classes are only $25 each and are taught weekdays from 4:00-8:00pm. All enrolled students will receive a free, one-year CreaTV Youth membership. To register, call (408) 295-8815 or email hello@creatvsj.org. Read more.

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iCreaTV Summer Video Camp

Coming in Summer 2014. Enrolled middle and high school students will learn the basics of professional video production, from scriptwriting to editing, in the field or the TV studio (their choice), from the experts. Two sessions to choose from. First session: TV Studio Production, June 16-27. Second Session: Field Production, July 7-18.

There are cost incentives to take more than one session. Plus, families who want to register more than one child receive a $50 discount for each additional registration. Limited scholarships are available. Read more.


Ongoing Programs

CreaTV’s Media Access Project (MAP) Grant

In 2011, CreaTV San Jose allocated $500,000 of funds, restricted for equipment purchases, to procure video equipment, computers and software for 16 San Jose elementary, middle and high schools. In exchange for the equipment and training, each school produced a thirty-minute program that aired on CreaTV’s PreK-12 Channel, Classrooms 28 on Comcast.

In March 2013, CreaTV San Jose announced the launch of the second cycle of the MAP Grant. All elementary, middle and high schools, whether public, private or charter in San Jose, as well as first cycle MAP schools, were invited to apply for this exciting opportunity to be outfitted with digital media equipment, computers and software for a two-year period, beginning fall of 2013.

In its first two-year cycle, the MAP Grant Program impacted more than 9,600 San Jose youth.

On April 29, 2013, CreaTV awarded fourteen San Jose schools—five elementary, four middle and five high schools—with digital media equipment that will be delivered to the schools in time for the fall 2013 school term. The winning middle and high schools will receive field or studio kits valued at $50,000 each. The elementary schools will receive field camera kits valued at $5,000 each. In exchange for this award, schools produce half-hour TV shows every month that air on CreaTV San Jose’s Classrooms Channel 28 on Comcast and on CreaTV’s website www.creatvsj.org.

Click here to learn the winning schools of the 2013 MAP Grant and to watch the short video announcement that aired live on Classrooms Channel 28.

Educational Ecosystem

In 2012, CreaTV San Jose was invited to be a part of Xilinx’s Educational Ecosystem. CreaTV will provide digital media training and support to the following San Jose Schools: Ida Price Middle School, Leigh High School, Branham High School and Union Middle School.

M.A.D. Science

Funded by Microsoft, this twelve part television series hosted by middle school students features interviews with Valley engineers and technologists, as well as studio segments with “the Crazy Professor” character in the M.A.D. Science lab. M.A.D. Science airs every Wednesday at 4:30pm and every Saturday at 9am on Classrooms Channel 28 on Comcast in San Jose and Campbell and via live stream and video on-demand on this website.

Cortese’s Climate Kids Club

Inspired by Dave Cortese’s Climate Kids Club for middle school students in Santa Clara County, this TV series follows club members (played by Bay Area middle school students) throughout the Valley as they learn about sustainability and taking care of our environment. Currently in production, the series will premiere this year. This series is funded through PG&E and the City of San Jose.

The Studio

In the fall of 2012, thanks to the support of the Adobe Foundation and 1stAct Silicon Valley, eight digital media sites in the South Bay began hosting classes and production opportunities for at-risk teens. Videos produced by youth at The Studio sites — music videos, mini-documentaries, PSAs ¬— air on Classrooms Channel 28. CreaTV San Jose provided video production equipment for several of these sites, ensuring 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 the 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 a series of thirty-minute talk shows interviewing city staffers, former gang members and other guests with vital information to contribute to the gang prevention conversation. The series will premiere 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.

Stage Skills Summer Camp

In the summer of 2012, through the Mayor’s Gang Prevention Task Force Safe Summer Initiative, CreaTV San Jose offered 35 kids substantial training in studio production and the opportunity to perform on Classrooms Channel 28. Students learned studio camera, floor managing, audio, directing and graphics in CreaTV’s HD three-camera live studio.

Internship Program

CreaTV San Jose hosts interns 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 with the media center, 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 production internship program, contact Volunteer and Training Coordinator, Ryan Kapowich at 408.295.8815 ext: 308 or email ryan.kapowich(at)creatvsj.org. For more information about the marketing internship program, contact Membership and Marketing Director Pam Kelly at 408.295.8815 ext: 307 or email pam.kelly(at)creatvsj.org.

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