Next Gen Youth Programs at BAVC (ages 14-17 and 18-26)


BAVC’s Digital Pathways program offers flexible pathways for young people from diverse neighborhoods across the Bay Area to increase their storytelling, social justice and media arts skills. Participants are encouraged to develop their artistic talents while receiving advanced, industry-standard training in digital media production. Ultimately, our goal is to help young adults gain experience and opportunities that lead to media arts careers and post-secondary pathways.

We also focus on developing the “soft” skills (e.g. presentation skills, interview skills) students need to successfully collaborate and produce high-quality creative products and professional portfolios. Tailored to each participant’s interests, BAVC’s pathway model helps young adults pursue new education and employment opportunities while using media as a tool for self-expression and discovery.

Although the application deadline has passed we are still accepting applications for a limited number of spots left in G:URL GAMERS, Sound Bytes, Reel Life & The Factory. Click here to apply.

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Under the instruction of award-winning filmmakers, coders and practicing artists and musicians, TRACKS students develop their artistic voices while gaining critical job readiness and interpersonal skills. In addition to producing professional portfolios in audio engineering, video production or web/code/design, students also receive a paid summer internship or capstone experience to gain industry experience.

Advanced Tracks

Students get hands-on experience in developing, producing, packaging and promoting their own high quality media productions through two advanced production tracks: The Factory, which focuses on video production, and BUMP Records, which focuses on audio engineering.


BRIDGES supports young adults between 18-26 enrolled in media-arts and technology programs at Community Colleges and State schools throughout the Bay Area, providing support, training and opportunities to student through workshops and college/career advising/mentoring. The program is funded by the National Science Foundation to ensure that underrepresented young adults get access and support they need to continue in media arts, technology and STEM careers.