Action Youth Media's filmmaking program for teens is a place where they can express themselves, be accepted, and feel heard. In free after-school classes and workshops, they learn from experienced professionals — storytelling, scriptwriting, camera work, and other technical skills — co-creating films rooted in social justice. Skill-building opportunities for students of all levels continue in the summer program (also free) with classes in pre- through post-production. A paid documentary filmmaking apprenticeship further refines the skills of more advanced students and two festivals a year showcase their work. Action Youth Media submits their films to local television stations and national festivals where they have won numerous awards. The big picture? Youth find their unique voices, develop as leaders — and come together as a community of storytellers.

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 (FY2023)

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

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