Youth Sanctuary develops youth programming in North Troy, NY. Teaching multimedia skills to young people (ages 15-25), Youth Sanctuary center’s youth voices in the forms of radio stories, filmmaking, scientific research, advocacy, leadership, and a lot more. These programs support urgently needed independent local voices in our under-resourced neighborhood. You can check out the almost one hundred videos that youth have produced on the Youth Media Sanctuary YouTube playlist, all the way back to 2010 when youth from North Troy, NY took to the streets with their cameras to document life in their neighborhood with North Troy Rough Cut!
Youth Media Sanctuary radio producers have been active through “Media Sanctuary Club” at Troy Prep! Initiated in Fall 2019, youth develop skills in audio journalism through hands-on production. Youth take control over the mic and the narrative of their community and their values. Their pieces are broadcast on Hudson Mohawk Magazine, as well as through social media.
Uptown Summer is a summer youth employment program, blending media production and environmental stewardship. Over the course of a couple months, the participants gain new skills in media, social and environmental justice, urban gardening, event management, science, and more. These skills are taught in hands-on activities that develop real-world skills and experiences that help to excel the youth in future opportunities.
Water Justice Lab Youth Scientist Fellows educate diverse communities about water justice and how to make a difference, develop the advocacy capacity of the North Troy area, and strengthen a network of environmental justice advocates focused on water issues in the Hudson River Watershed.
Internships with the Sanctuary offer a unique experience in a nonprofit community media and arts setting, allowing you to learn how media, art, and activism intersect to connect and build community.