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Nonprofit Overview

Mission: Our mission is to encourage girls to imagine a just world by telling their untold stories of gender and sexuality through film. We believe young women can have a strong and positive impact on their communities if given the tools to amplify their voice.

Results: This past year, we have grown into a thriving organization that is working with Los Angeles Unified School District and run workshops in Beijing China, Kampala Uganda, Dindigul India and across the U.S. We've trained over 1,000 girls in feminist film production and partnered with Planned Parenthood, Advocates for Youth, Forward Together and other organizations on the frontlines of the fight for reproductive justice. While we've expanded we've also deepened our politics and developed a curriculum that has been published in a new book about the future of media literacy called "By Any Media Necessary." More importantly we've had the privilege of watching IMJ girls use their voice and filmmaking skills to realize their wildest, most impossible dreams. They've gotten accepted to the top film schools in the country, spoken to the mayor, gotten queer sex ed into Oakland high schools, and had life changing conversations with their mothers about sexuality.

Target demographics: girls

Direct beneficiaries per year: 200 youth

Geographic areas served: Los Angeles

Programs: filmmaking and self empowerment camp for girls.

Community Stories

3 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1

Board Member

Rating: 5

As a nonprofit advisor, I’ve worked with a good deal of organizations - some good and some not so good. I'm so happy to say that imMEDIAte Justice is one of the best organizations that I’ve partnered with. It has three main ingredients that make it great!

1. They have the vision. imMEDIAte Justice teaches young women how to create films and tell their stories. The organization does more than offer film training though, they are empowering these young women to explore different medium, to speak up, to believe in their voices, and to use film as a method to ignite change on the issues that are important to them.

2. They have the timing. We live in an age where women make up a sad minority of the speaking characters in films, and it’s high time we hear more of their voices. With access to new distribution channels like YouTube, we don’t have to wait around for film executives to step up to the plate anymore. imMEDIAte Justice is putting these important stories in front of audiences today.

3. They have the leader. The Executive Director, Tani Ikeda, is smart, passionate, and as a filmmaker herself, she is deeply connected to the film industry. She’ll bring this organization all the way!

2 Robson M.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

ImMEDIAte Justice has the lofty goal of teaching media literacy and filmmaking to girls so they are empowered to share their stories. The most impressive part of imMEDIAte Justice is their workshops accomplish so much more than these lofty goals. From my experience volunteering at a few events, it was clear the girls in the workshops were learning leadership skills and gaining confidence in addition to media literacy and filmmaking! The effects of one workshop even extend beyond the participants. The short films girls produce in the workshops are uploaded on the internet and touch the lives of thousands of people around the world.

1 Solé A.

Client Served

Rating: 5

ImMEDIAte Justice, has been one of best experience I've had in a long time, this group have push and proven that they are what the world needs to see. I have taken part of this amazing group and I have to say. Nothing but amazing spirits who want to learn and recive the knowledge that this strong woman have to offer, begin part of this group has helped me understand my self and my body more to appreciate who I am and what I have to offer. I have meet amazing people and good friends, that I still talk till this day. As a Transgender woman, they never made me feel wrong or is if I don't belong there. Or is if I have nothing to offer. It's the opposite they made me feel welcome and loved, and That's what we need in this Wrold. They never ask for money from any of us they worked what they have and believe me, if you take part of this group you will see what I'm talking about.i believe they deserve to get an award for begin strong, independent and loving group. I am Solé Arevalo and I approve this message thank you for your time