MISSION AND HISTORY
Gandhi Brigade Youth Media is a pioneering afterschool program that empowers young people in the Washington, DC region to
use multimedia as tools to promote community building, multicultural understanding and the common good.
We offer young people the opportunity to use the media arts
as a developmental path for personal and community growth.
First, we teach students how to create effective media messages.
Second, we invite them to investigate the world around them. Third, we create opportunities for them to apply these new skills and abilities toward practical projects that foster dialogue and understanding.
THE IMPORTANCE OF YOUTH VOICES
Why invest in youth voices?
At Gandhi Brigade Youth Media we do this work for the small, gradual differences we notice over time: the boost in confidence when a young adult speaks in front of a group; the knowledge and maturity it takes for a young adult to discuss the complexities of daily life; the respect and empathy with which a young adult treats his/her classmates. These are the outcomes that develop a young person to become tomorrow's leader.
Gandhi Brigade Youth Media provides programs that empower youth to be leaders in their communities.
We envision a diverse network of youth and adults who are
united in their commitment to fight for the empowerment of all people through the Gandhi principles of nonviolence, awareness and common effort.
Gandhi Brigade Youth Media was founded by Richard Jaeggi in 2008 as a way to foster youth perspectives. The organization began holding workshops in the Christ Congregational Church in Silver Spring and eventually moved into City Place Mall, where members of the community, young and old, would participate in learning activities and events. Richard passed away in May 2014.
Anna Danielson, Executive Director
Emma Whitty, Program Manager
Former Executive Directors
Evan Glass, 2014 - 2018
Richard Jaeggi, Founder, 2008-2014