Film Program Celebrates 20 Years Training Baltimore Youth

What’s happening?

Wide Angle Youth Media, a nonprofit that trains young people on film creation and production, is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year. Since its inception, the organization has educated and trained more than 6,500 Baltimore City students and created content for Fortune 500 companies and local brands like Under Armour, The Johns Hopkins University, and T. Rowe Price. 

What makes this nonprofit unique? 

The organization takes pride in showing Baltimore in a different light than what mainstream media tends to portray. 

“When the media portrays Baltimore in a negative light, you don’t want to just add more to that—or leave parts out that need to be addressed,” 23-year-old Tahir Juba, a full-time producer for the nonprofit, told Baltimore Magazine. “The way we tell the story of the people of Baltimore can be as simple as choosing B-roll in a certain neighborhood versus the Inner Harbor and tourist attractions. It’s showing what Baltimore really can be through neighborhoods that don’t get much light.”

Anything else I should know? 

This fall, Wide Angle Youth Media is launching a new pilot program at the all-girls Lillie May Carroll Jackson Charter School, which will allow each student to learn about media production and create their own projects. 

You can read more here. 


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