The Youth Cinema Project (YCP) is project based learning that produces competent, resilient, and real world problem-solvers and bridges the achievement and opportunity gaps by creating lifelong learners and the entertainment industry’s multicultural future.
Students in Alma Elias’ fourth-grade class at Mark Twain Elementary School could be excused for being a bit star struck by their classroom visitor, but how often does an Academy Award-nominated screenwriter drop by to offer tips on how best to develop a movie script?
By all appearances, Rafael Agustin had been the all-American high school student: he was class president, prom king and an honor roll student. But there was one hitch: he was also in the country illegally. It was a discovery Agustin learned while applying for college...
Eleven-year-old Brian Estrada isn’t just a student at Van Wig Elementary School — he’s now a film producer and writer. And he has the script to prove it, thanks to a cinema project from Edward James Olmos’ Latino International Film Institute that’s designed to help...
“The Latino Film Institute/Youth Cinema Project is a remarkable program, connecting filmmakers, writers, and TV creators with talented kids in under-served communities. Encouraging the creativity of young people and helping kids find their voice has been an unforgettable experience for me. This program is a real treasure!”
“I’ve seen a lot of students who were generally hesitant to write, excited to write.”
“It has been a long time since I’ve witnessed such a powerful partnership between a classroom full of students and working professionals.”
“This is work-based learning at its best that’s engaging, inspiring and fun.”
“I’m learning how to express my feelings.”
“I felt blessed to spend time with such imaginative, talented future writers!”