Mission: Wide Angle Youth Media provides Baltimore youth with media education to tell their own stories and become engaged in their communities.
Geographic areas served: Baltimore Metro
Programs: Waym carries out its program through the following five initiatives: the baltimore speaks out! Program is a free introductory video making and youth development program produced in partnership with the enoch pratt free library. Workshops are conducted each semester in neighborhood library branches and schools. The mentoring video project is an advanced media production program for baltimore city youth ages 14-20 giving them the opportunity to gain advanced video and audio production training, and develop their critical thinking, story-telling and creative skills by producing short original films that are distributed nationally. The youth traveling photography exhibition is a program that provides youth (ages 10-20) with free or low cost photography workshop at city schools and local organizations to generate work to be displayed at a range of venues in baltimore city. The work is displayed in schools, farmers' markets' around baltimore, galleries and in large-scale public installations. The design team is an after-school program that offers baltimore city youth ages 14-20 giving them the opportunity to gain advanced graphic design and media training while developing their public speaking, leadership and marketing skills. Youth speak out provides youth in baltimore city with media training through custom workshops with community partners. In addition to wide angle youth media's five core programs, waym operates a social enterprise to build organizational capacity. Wide angle productions produces videos for clients' year round on a fee-for-service basis. Wide angle productions hires youth apprentices and pays them an hourly wage or stipends to produce multimedia projects for clients under the direction of our adult staff. Apprentices who participate in wide angle productions get valuable work experience while generating income for themselves and their families.
For the past two years our company has donated to Wide Angle Youth Media through our give 5 program. We have been really happy with the level of feedback and participation that they offer, and love that they are doing such great, and important work right in our neighborhood. We have also been quite impressed with the facilities, and programs they offer.
As a design company, we are passionate about multimedia, and were thrilled to find this organization using it as a tool to promote education and change, as well as exposing youth to this, and many other great mediums, which they otherwise might not get a chance to experience.