Happy, Healthy (and Youthful) Holidays from EVC!

On behalf of the EVC family, we wish you and your loved ones a happy, healthy (and youthful) holiday season and New Year!

We here at EVC certainly have cause to celebrate. Through EVC’s award-winning programs, our youth producers learned to turn their cameras on critical issues in their communities and raise awareness with audiences around the city and beyond. We are so proud of our students’ accomplishments and with your support, we can continue reaching and teaching and transforming young lives. Please make a generous tax-deductible donation during this season of giving.

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As we reflect back on the year, here are some of the extraordinary stories our students have produced:
• An exposé on the chronic mold infestation in one student’s Harlem apartment as our youth producers documented her family’s struggle for environmental justice in NYC public housing – this video is now on exhibit at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention museum in Atlanta;
• A report examining the impact of alcohol on NYC neighborhoods from the youth perspective, which screened in classrooms city-wide and at this year’s national American Public Health Association conference;
• A documentary about bullying told from the point-of-view of self-identified bullies, revealing how the trauma of violence and dislocation in their lives creates a vicious cycle turning victims into bullies and cyberbullies, soon to be used in university courses for future counselors and educators;
• A video on dating violence and teen relationships that the crew was moved to create after seeing their classmate with fresh bruises from her child’s father, and was most recently featured at a Youth Media Conference in Philadelphia.

Year after year, for three decades our students have created extraordinary stories on urgent issues in their lives, their art and ideas annually reaching global audiences of more than 5 million. Not only have these documentaries won awards and been featured at TriBeCa and other festivals, but the youth who made them have gone on to great success. Over 90% of last year’s EVC students completed high school and went on to college or work. Teachers trained in our Professional Development Program have taught EVC’s media arts curriculum to over 1,500 students in schools throughout the city. Many EVC graduates have gone on to work in media companies including ABC, BBC, the New York Times, and Bloomberg News. We couldn’t be prouder of our past students’ creative and personal successes.

Please give what you can to EVC so we can continue this life-changing work. Click here to make a secure tax-deductible online donation.

As we ring in the New Year, we invite you to join us as we premiere our students’ latest works at the HBO Screening Room on Wednesday, January 16 at 6pm.

We hope to see you then – and thank you for supporting youth media!