The Representation Project is inspired by young people every day. Whether you’re organizing against sexist dress codes, creating boundary-pushing art, deconstructing masculinity or speaking out against stereotypes – you’re part of changing the culture for the better!

Our dynamic youth programs are training the next generation of media creators working to create a more gender-equitable world!



Our Youth Media Academies (YMA) train the next generation of social justice filmmakers to effectively use storytelling to change the world. Inspired by the trailblazing work of our founder Jennifer Siebel Newsom and led by professional filmmakers, students in the YMA learn technical aspects of filmmaking – from concept to storyboarding, filming, editing, and other aspects of production. Students also learn about social justice issues, community engagement, political activism, and social-emotional learning.

Youth Media Academy Summer 2021The Representation Project seeks committed and enthusiastic high school candidates between the ages of 14 and 18 for our FREE 2021 intensive summer Youth Media Academy. At the conclusion of the Youth Media Academy, each participant will have completed four weeks of intensive journalism, documentary film, and media training, with access to mentorship, and a host of other exciting year-round opportunities.

The 4-week program is from June 14, 2021, through July 9, 2021. Up to four hours of instruction, independent work, and collaboration will happen each day, Monday through Friday. Find application HERE.

Due to the pandemic, we offered a fully online format for the students.

Take a peek HERE to check out the films produced this past summer.

Watch our 2020 Youth Media Academy students working virtually to create their incredible documentary short films!

In 2019, we held our first-ever Summer Youth Media Academy in Oakland, California.







Presenting the three short films created in our 2019 Summer Youth Media Academy! These short films were produced during The Representation Project’s 2019 Summer Youth Media Academy in Oakland, California in collaboration with GlobalGirl Media and Women’s Voices Now. Congratulations to our first-time filmmakers, all of whom have been accepted into at least one film festival in the U.S.!


To support The Representation Project, please make a tax-deductible donation here.

Interested in sponsorship opportunities and bringing a Youth Media Academy to your community? E-mail

Watch this page for information about the completed films from our 2020 Summer Youth Media Academy and information about our 2021 Summer Youth Media Academy!


Are you interested in learning how to use media to spark social change? Are you between the ages of 14-24? Join the Youth Media Lab, a community of young people dedicated to harnessing the power of positive media for gender justice! Learn how to create videos, podcasts, blogs, v-logs, and other forms of media.

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  • Actively engage, beyond just likes and retweets – post news stories, have conversations, ask questions, share original content, and more!
  • Discover how to create new media – including short films, podcasts, GIFs, etc.
  • Learn from professionals across the media and social justice landscape
  • Discuss critical social issues with other motivated students
  • Be a part of a community of other activists and artists from around the world



The Youth Media Lab Ambassador Program is a group of high school and college-aged students selected to serve as creative directors of the Youth Media Lab community. Each Ambassador shapes the Youth Media Lab experience, inspires challenging conversations, and shares media that can spark social action.

  • Lead a community using media to tackle important social issues
  • Be spotlighted on The Representation Project’s fastest-growing social media channel
  • Serve as an ambassador at industry events, national conferences, and festivals
  • Publish original content to an audience of 700K+ people across the globe
  • And participate in an in-person training!

Interested in joining the Youth Media Lab’s Ambassador Program? Contact Annie Delgado, at


Along with our incredible partners, our annual Youth Media Summit brings together motivated young leaders and multimedia creators who are eager to acquire skills to further gender equality through the power of storytelling. Hosted in Oakland in October, 2019, the day was filled with dynamic speakers, inspiring conversations, media production seminars, and interactive workshops led by industry leaders, artists, and activists. Short films created in our Summer Youth Media Academies premiered at the Youth Media Summit. Participants left the Summit inspired and ready to create! Check out the Summit Video Highlights Reel from our 2018 Youth Media Summit below!

Special Thank You to Our Partners



Artemis Rising Foundation proudly supports The Representation Project Impact Collective and its mission to help young people recast their stories and bring to life diverse points of view that confront gender stereotyping and promote broad representation.



With The Representation Project, AT&T supports our program for underserved teens and young adults learn how to use media to tell their personal stories, share their unique viewpoints and create diverse content that challenges stereotypes and advances representation.



The California Endowment supports youth to change gender narratives in today’s mainstream media.



Spotify believes that when artists and fans come together, they change the world. Its social impact work uses the platform to amplify the voices of marginalized communities, and to use music as a way to help people connect and empathize with each other.



GlobalGirl Media (GGM) develops the voice and media literacy of teenage girls and young women, ages 14-22, in under-served communities by teaching them to create and share digital journalism designed to improve scholastic achievement, ignite community activism and spark social change. Through mentoring, training and access to a worldwide network of trans-media distribution partners, GlobalGirl Media harnesses the power of new digital media to empower young women to bring their often-overlooked perspectives onto the global media stage. By turning up the volume of girl’s voices globally, GlobalGirl Media seeks to promote freedom of expression and strengthen substantive journalism that addresses historically marginalized voices, while building self-esteem, leadership capacity, and 21st-century skills. Founded in 2010, we are active in South Africa, Morocco, Kosovo, Chicago, Los Angeles and the Bay Area.



Women’s Voices Now connects filmmakers, activists, and decision makers dedicated to guaranteeing women’s and girls’ full access to their political, economic, civil, and educational rights. WVN produces, promotes, and shares social-change films that move audiences from empathy to action on women’s and girls’ rights issues, bridging the gap between filmmakers and agents of social change. We work to inform change agents through a finely-curated collection of influential movies sourced from directors and storytellers across the globe.