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Youth Media Institute

Youth Media Institute (YMI) engages young people through media and digital arts as a tool for self-expression, empowerment and social change. With funding from the Youth Arts program, YMI's Southwest Voices program engaged 74 youth in more than 120 hours of free training in digital photography and video production at the High Point Community Center, located in one of Seattle's most diverse neighborhoods.

The students completed a documentary about a nearby youth center, produced music for a music video and photographed their High Point neighborhood. Their work was broadcast on public access television and their photographs were the subject of two public exhibitions. Eighty-nine percent of the participants said they learned skills that could help them in school or future employment.