Stages For Youth is a film and digital media program open to youth in Junior High and High School, from traditional and non-traditional education environments. Filmmaking is part art and part problem solving. Not only will you will engage in a hands-on, professional style production but you will also learn non-academic skills critical to a successful future.

Stages For Youth wins the 2017 Do Good Initiative from Hyperquake

We are so thrilled and honored to have been selected by Hyperquake as the winner of the 2017 Do Good Initiative. Hyperquake, a Cincinnati based branding agency, will help Stages For Youth develop our own brand identity as we prepare for the next step in the evolution of our program.

At The White House

Seven of our 2016 film bootcamp students were invited to The White House to celebrate their filmmaking accomplishments as winners of “Honorable Mention” in the 2016 White House Student Film Festival.

They also participated in South By South Lawn (SXSL) where they got to hang out with some of the country’s best filmmakers, artists, technologists and scientists.

Only 25 films were chosen nationally to receive this award and to have two films selected in one year was quite an honor! Congratulations to the “Don’t Tell Me” team and the “Frere” team for their achievements.


The “Gesture” team brought home two awards in 2016. Not only was their film an Official Selection in the Calgary International Film Festival, they were also selected to the All American High School Film Festival in New York.

The latter honor included a screening at the AMC Theater on Times Square!

Congrats to the “Gesture” team of Rozwell Alexander (McNicholas), Kennedy Askew (Clark Montessori), Aaron Estes (Clark Montessori) and Jake Wuennemann (Springer School) for their amazing work.

School For Creative & Performing Arts

This year we were excited to help the School For Creative and Performing Arts implement their first film production bootcamp. Over the course of two weeks, sixteen SCPA students were involved in the production of four short films.

The films produced were “Mask”, “The Deadly Deal”, “True Colors” and “Side Effects”.

We are looking forward to continuing our partnership and helping SCPA bring film production to future students.

Stages for Youth participants will be immersed in an intensive, hands-on, professional style production. All equipment will be provided. We will mentor you through the production process and take you on field trips to companies where creativity is applied on a daily basis. You and your team will expected to complete a finished film, on time and on budget.

You will go through the following production process as you make your film as part of a team.

You will also develop skills you may not have but will need >>>


  • Film Critique
  • Story Development
  • Script Writing
  • Production Planning
  • Script Breakdown/Shot Blocking
  • Shooting
  • Editing
  • Graphics and Animation
  • Field Trips
  • Premiere
  • Film Festival Submissions


Yo Parents! ART = 21st CENTURY SKILLS

SKILLS GAP: Percentage of employers who say graduates are is serious need of more preparation in these critical areas...

Working Effectively with Others in Teams — 63%
 Critical/Analytical Thinking — 74%
Being Innovative/Creative — 75%
Written Communication — 73%
Applying Knowledge/Skills To Real World — 77%
Working With People From Different Backgrounds — 82%
Analyzing/Solving Complex Problems — 76%
Organizing/Evaluating Information — 71%

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Falling Short...

Employers give graduates lower scores for preparedness across learning outcomes than current students gives themselves.

The Association For American Colleges and Universities.


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