Youth Documentary Academy Youth Documentary Academy - Give! Campaign

Here you will find the outcomes and participants in the 2021 Give! Campaign while we prepare for the 2022 Give! Campaign to go live in November. For now, check out the Give! Class of 2022

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YDA students not only gain technical and professional skills for a career in film, television or media, but also a deep understanding of how to transpose a story idea into a documentary film. Film allows them to share their lived experience in a way that empowers and inspires both the filmmaker and the audience, creating advocates around a cause, and allowing our youth to become engaged citizens in our community.


In 2019, YDA created a new tv series called OUR TIME on Rocky Mt. PBS. We are looking for individuals and companies to sponsor the series in 2021-22 as we go national to over 333 PBS stations.

Did You Know

Research shows that youth from under-served backgrounds, who can articulate clear narratives about their community, show increased resiliency and college readiness.

““The Youth Documentary Academy is an extraordinary model that honors the innate wisdom and experience of young people. The stories move and inspire and we are proud to showcase them on Rocky Mt. PBS.”” — Kate Perdoni, Producer, Rocky Mt. PBS

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