Youth Media Academy

The MCM Youth Media Academy is an out-of-school time program that offers media instruction and leadership training to youth aged 11-17 years-old.

During the school year, the MCM Youth Media Academy is an out-of-school time program that offers media instruction and leadership training to youth aged 11-17 years-old. Taught by Montgomery Community Media professionals, using an Advancing Youth Development (AYD) framework, MCM Youth Media Academy is designed to engage youth in quality media instruction tailored to their age group. MCM Youth Media Academy participants engage in media training that revolves around editing, shooting, producing, and development. Youth work on producing the youth-hosted show ArtsEnPower which airs on cable-access television channel 21 on Mondays at 4:30 pm.

Due in part to a Takoma Park Quality of Life grant, we are able to offer free enrollment to Takoma Park Middle School students who are accepted into the program.

Up to 20 students will be accepted this fall.

Only students attending Takoma Park Middle School are eligible to apply to attend our fall 2021 academy. 


Stay tuned for our Spring 2022 MCM Youth Media Academy that will be available for all to apply.

For more information, email the Director of Education and Community Engagement, Dr. Khadijah Ali-Coleman at

MCM Youth Media Academy FAQ’s

Is the program in-person or virtual?

During the fall 2021 season, the program is in person. It begins at Takoma Park Middle School on October 21, 2021.

Where do I sign up?

We are accepting applications until October 11, 2021. You can click on the link above to apply.

How soon will I find out if I am accepted?

You will receive notification within the week if you apply by October 11, 2021.

Is the application process competitive? How many spots are there?

We are accepting up to 20 students this season. We accept children who seem enthusiastic about attending and enjoy creating new media.

What will my child be doing during the program?

Participants learn the three phases of production and are trained on how to be part of a production team while also learning how to create content independently.

Parent Testimonial

Growing Media Leaders

“First of all, I must say that I adore watching [my child’s] growth from participating in MCM Media Academy. The program is marvelous!”

Learn More

Check Out ArtsEnPower

  • Episode 1: Ayesis Clay


    Karina G interviews education and theater professional Ayesis Clay.

  • Episode 2: Valerie Baugh-Schlossberg


    Karina G interviews Valerie Baugh-Schlossberg, program director of Story Tapestries in Rockville, MD.

  • Episode 3: Colie Aziza


    Karina G interviews children's book author and singer/songwriter Colie Aziza.

  • Episode 4: Zsudayka Terrell


    Shahyan S. interviews visual artist and curator Zsudayka Terrell.

  • Episode 5: LC Williams


    Shahyan S. interviews author and poet LC Williams.

  • Episode 6: Randi Levy


    Shahyan S. interviews teacher and singer/songwriter Randi Levy.

  • Episode 7: Stan "Substantial" Robinson


    Shahyan S. interviews hip-hop recording artist, educator, and visual artist Stan "Substantial" Robinson.