Youth Active Media

The Art. The Craft. The Impact.


Youth Active Media is a neighbourhood-based, videography initiative for youth.  Youth reflecting geographic communities across Ottawa have the opportunity to learn the art of filmmaking while creating short films about issues that matters to them.  Youth Active Media empowers youth to effect positive social change through art, while developing transferable skills, and providing employment opportunities for youth through paid mentorships!


Through our Social Enterprise, Youth Active Media is enhancing the communications capacity of local organizations through video services that can help tell the story of local issues, from a local perspective.  Videos are created on a fee-for-service basis by talented YAM youth -- it's a win/win!


Youth Active Media is currently recruiting!  You can experience:
  • The filmmaking process, including creating a storyline for a short documentary style film, drama, or animation.
  • How to use professional video cameras, sound and lighting equipment
  • How to edit video using Adobe Premiere  
  • The presentation of the final product to the community, including an end of year film festival!

The program uses a mentorship model in which certain eligible youth participants, who exceled as leaders and in the filmmaking process, will be hired as paid program leaders, mentoring new participants in the subsequent groups.  Youth participants can also be hired to create videos for other organizations -- how cool is that! 


Interesting in partnering with Youth Active Media to deliver a program in your neighbourhood?  Get in touch at 


Hear what some of the YAM youth have to say:



Watch videos made by youth in the YAM Social Enterprise:



See more videos made for community organizations by the YAM Social Enterprise!


Thank you to the Ontario Trillium Foundation and United Way Ottawa for supporting the Youth Active Media project, and to our partner organizations:  Youth Ottawa, the Youth Community Developers Network of Ottawa, and the Ottawa Neighbourhoods Social Capital Forum.