Shansanique reads from a handout in the community science lab

Youth Sanctuary is educational programming that teaches multimedia skills to ages 15 – 25. This program centers youth voices in the forms of advocacy, filmmaking, radio production, scientific research, and more! We believe Youth Sanctuary is an essential part of the Sanctuary because independent local youth voices are urgently needed in our under-resourced neighborhood.

Beginning in 2010, youth from North Troy took to the streets with their cameras to document life in their neighborhood with “North Troy Rough Cut.” Since then, youth have produced an extensive archive of radio, video, and other multimedia projects. Find samples of these works below and explore even more via SanctuaryTV.

Youth Media Sanctuary, initiated in 2019 through Troy KIPP (Formerly known as Troy Prep), develops skills in audio journalism through hands-on production. Participants not only take control over the mic, but as well as the narrative. Their pieces are broadcasted on the Hudson Mohawk Magazine and via our social media.

Uptown Summer is a summer youth employment program which blends elements of media production and environmental stewardship. Over the course of the program, participants gain new skills in event management, arts media production, social and environmental justice, urban gardening, and more. Participants are taught through hands-on learning that develops practical and transferable skills.

Water Justice Lab Youth Scientist Fellows educates communities about water justice, aides in developing the advocacy capacity of North-Central Troy, and strengthens a network of environmental justice advocates focused on water issues within the Hudson River (Muhheakunnuk) Watershed. 

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Apply to be a youth media intern!

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We use art and participatory action to promote social and environmental justice and freedom of creative expression.

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