Educational Video Center (EVC) provides youth-centered media arts programs to youth ages 15-25 from underserved neighborhoods in New York City. EVC has three main programs. Their flagship program is Youth Documentary Workshops, an after-school and summer program that offers media arts instruction and mentoring where participants learn how to produce and edit films. The second program, New Media Arts, teaches participants how to remix youth-produced documentaries from EVC’s archives and how to create an interactive website that addresses a social justice issue. The third program centers on professional development and helps teachers learn skills to better evaluate student produced documentaries. EVC is at a critical juncture, as they have hired a new, female executive director of color and have intentionally increased and diversified their board after 30 years with the same leadership in place. EVC wants to scale up its programming and be more responsive to its students’ needs, especially those exacerbated by COVID-19. EVC’s proposed capacity-building goal is to have a strategic planning process for the organization. The Board and Executive Director will work with consultants at Velocity Vision to finalize and implement a 3-year plan of goals and strategies.
This grant will support strategic planning and capacity-building at Educational Video Center.