for high schoolers!

Program Descriptions

PROMOTERS - After School Filmmaking Program 


The Promoters program is an after-school film club + film class for middle school and high school students. Promoters participants are students who are interested in media and leadership training to promote youth voices and support their communities. Weekly meetings are planned and facilitated by youth members, allowing them to grow their individual and collective power through the development of self, peers and community. Promoters develop their full talents as human beings through the mastery of the media arts, public speaking, group facilitation, critical thinking and communications. Promoters regularly attend public forums and testify on issues of importance to them and their peers. 


2020 Program Partners: 

CASA de Maryland 

Project Change 

Crittenton Services for Girls

Montgomery Housing Partnership

Montgomery County Public Library 

Croydon Creek Nature Center 

Aspen Hill Library 

Wheaton Library

White Oak Library 

Montgomery County Department of Recreation

Excel Beyond the Bell 

Family Services, Inc. 

Montgomery College - Takoma Park

Watch some of our short films on Youtube. 


2020 Locations: 

Gandhi Brigade Headquarters- downtown Silver Spring 

Aspen Hill Library

Wheaton Library

White Oak Library

Francis Scott Key Middle School 

CASA de Maryland, Langley Park 

Sligo View Apartments

Pembridge Apartments 

Project Change 

PROMOTERS Spring Break 2020! - This 4-day middle school media arts program is April 6 through 9, 2020, 10am to 3pm at our HQ in downtown Silver Spring. Enrollment opening very soon. 

 Summer DOCS - Filmmaking Intensive

Summer 2020: July 13 through August 22, 2020


Summer DOCS is a 4-week summer apprenticeship program for alumni who have completed at least one semester of our Promoters program. Apprentices receive a stipend for the program. Students conceive , plan, and produce a short documentary film. Guest speakers, including media specialists and content experts, meet with participants and assist with the researching, producing, filming, and editing processes. In 2017 we produced a film titled "The Fabric of America" on immigration reform. Previously,  in 2016 we produced "To Serve and Protect?" on police conduct in the communities they serve, and in 2015 we produced an award winning film on Maryland's criminal justice system, titled "Juvenile Justice: The Road to Reform." Other projects have included documentaries on the LGBT homeless population, the need for more space for youth in downtown Silver Spring, and the problems faced by undocumented students wanting to attend public universities. 


 Plan to submit your photograph, design, or video by May 8, 2020.


The Montgomery County Youth Media Festival showcases media arts produced by youth.  Youth can win prizes as well as the chance to have their films screened at Festival events.