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 Xia Rondeau, the Youth & Immersive Media Coordinator at


Interested in producing and sharing your movies with the world while stuck at home? Head to Project CREATE and participate in the Youth Media Program's weekly film challenge for young people! (Currently paused until June 29th)


In 2019 the Youth Media Program started to explore 360 filmmaking with students and adopted it as an area of interest and growth. During the Fall 2018 School Year Production Program, youth participants created the first ever 360 film produced by teens at CCTV. During the Summer Media Institute students explored the issue of climate change through the lens of water using immersive media technologies. These videos can be viewed online or in a headset. The Youth Media Program is dedicated to ensuring our young people have access to high quality instruction and technology related to new and emerging media arts fields. We're excited to be paving the way with youth produced immersive media and can't wait to see what our teens produce next! Check out some of the virtual reality projects below and make sure you click around the video to see the whole 360 view!

Central Square in Virtual Reality from Cambridge Community Television on Vimeo.

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