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After School Programs

The longest running of WHYY’s media courses, WHYY’s Youth Programs offer hands-on production training for teens.

After school programs teach 10th-12th graders to produce short documentaries and create original radio stories and stop motion animation from their own homes. Students can further explore their interest through a series of summer camps with focuses on multimedia journalism and filmmaking. Youth Programs encourage teens to explore their own worlds through media, as they create projects on topics they select themselves.

After School Courses

Virtual After School Program: Stop Motion and Animation

Animating on a budget! In this program, students will be learning stop-motion animation using their smartphones (or tablets) and a few simple everyday objects. While the materials are cheap, the content is rich as we’ll dive into animation concepts such as the “Principles of Animation,” stop-motion software, story-boarding, and creative writing. Participants will have the opportunity to exercise their creative side by creating their very own stop-motion movie.

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Virtual After School Program: Introduction to Photography

Come learn the basics of photography, virtually! Through daily lessons and prompts, students will learn the basics of photography and visual storytelling. All you need is any device that can snap a picture! We will touch on shot framing, exposure, and how to tell stories through photographs while practicing every day.

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Virtual After School Program: Intro to Video Production

Are you a middle / high schooler who likes to tell and share stories, and want to take your digital skills to the next level? In this virtual program, students will learn the basic principles of video storytelling from pre to post-production. All you need is any device that can record video and sound, along with a computer and internet access. Students will learn how to frame interview shots, shoot B-roll, write and record voice-overs, and editing skills.

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Virtual After School Program: Podcasting

In this virtual after-school program, we will be learning to write and produce original audio stories, utilizing what students have available to them at home. Students will be part of a virtual youth podcast team where they will learn to find and research stories, interview subjects, and create audio story packages, all while staying safe and socially distant.

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