For its first public festival, the Bay Area Youth Media Network (BAYMN) will be showcasing youth-produced videos about social change with two specific categories on The 2012 Presidential Election and The High School Dropout Crisis on Saturday, October 13 at the Kaiser Center in Oakland from 2-5pm. It will be an afternoon dedicated to celebrate the great work of young people. There will be awards for the filmmakers as well as raffle prizes for the audience.

To attend to this event, you must RSVP here —

We received over 60 submissions this year from youth in the Bay Area and all over the United States and this festival will showcase the amazing voices of our youth today expressing their concerns for a variety of important issues.

So what constitutes social change you may ask? Youth will be telling about issues that affect people in their community. Issues such as violence, bullying, college access, unemployment, affordable housing, medical care, teen pregnancy, racism, sexism, financial inequity… you get the picture.

Here’s a quick preview of one of the youth entries to the festival.

We hope to see you at this year’s RISE TO THE OCCASION YOUTH MEDIA FESTIVAL.

This festival is made possible by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and is part of the American Graduate Initiative.

You Are Invited to RISE TO THE OCCASION YOUTH MEDIA FESTIVAL 12 September,2012Matthew Williams



Matthew Williams

Matthew Williams is a filmmaker and media educator who has recently transplanted to Oakland from Los Angeles. He believes that you are what you eat and feels everyone should have a multitude of dietary options for self-realization. Matthew is the Educational Technologist at KQED.

Sponsored by

Become a KQED sponsor