The goal? A path for youth to become champions for the common good. The tools? Cameras, computers … and creativity. With a focus on youth from underserved and immigrant families, GB Youth Media trains middle and high school students in digital media skills, while challenging them to explore and discuss social and civic issues. At its heart is Promoters, a free, 12-week after-school program offered at schools, community centers, and public libraries across Montgomery County. Participants create short films and other media projects about topics they care about – whether it’s racism, gun violence, or youth homelessness – and then publish them on GB Youth Media’s YouTube channel. An annual youth media festival showcases the best productions among nearly 400 student submissions. The big picture? Youth find their voices, develop as leaders – and 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

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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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