The goal? A path for at-risk youth to become champions for the common good. The tools? Cameras, computers ... and creativity. The Gandhi Brigade pairs underserved youth in Montgomery County with media professionals to produce video, photography, and graphic design projects that explore complex social issues in their own neighborhoods. At its heart is Promoters, a free after-school program in which 30 youth commit to nine months of media training and leadership development, while also creating projects about injustices they witness in their daily lives whether its gender discrimination, racism, or youth homelessness. Additional programs include Social Justice Summer (where teen interns produce a campaign on a current community topic); Common Ground (where high school students serve as media mentors to middle schoolers); and the annual Youth Media Festival (where a juried show comes together with live performances, workshops, and film screenings for more than 800 attendees). The big picture? Youth are empowered to use their voices ... and to fight inequalities that affect us all.

Headquarters: MD-Montgomery County

Where They Operate: MD-Montgomery County; We primarily work with youth in the greater Silver Spring and Takoma Park community.

Age Groups Served: Youth (5-11); Pre-teen/teen (12-17); Young adult (18-24)

Ethnic Groups Served: African American; Asian American; Caucasian; Latino/Hispanic

Population(s) Served: Low- to Moderate-Income Community Members; Men/Boys; Women/Girls; Students

Schools They Work In: Blair High School; Northwood High School; Eastern Middle School; Argyle Middle School School

Awards & Recognition

Official selection in the Baltimore Black Film Festival for our documentary, "Juvenile Justice: The Road To Reform"

Time Well Spent for Montgomery's Children, presented by the Montgomery County Collaboration Council for Children in May 2015

Catalog for Philanthropy 2015-16


Budget (FY2014)

  • $3 million or higher
  • $1 million to $3 million
  • $500k to $1 million
  • The current budget for Gandhi Brigade Youth Media is: Less than $500k

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