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; Downtown Silver Spring; Wards 4 and 5 of Takoma Park; Wheaton

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

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

Schools They Work In: Loiderman Middle School/Excel Beyond the Bell program; Montgomery Blair High School; Thomas Edison High School of Technology

  • Number of students we serve annually:   200
  • Artists employed by us annually:   10
  • Classes offered annually:   140
  • Number of laptops donated during the pandemic:   100

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 Action Youth Media is: Less than $500k

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