Bay Area Video Coalition (BAVC)
The Bay Area Video Coalition (BAVC) provides training and access to emerging media technologies for public media producers, independent artists, at-risk youth and other non-profit organizations. Its mission is to inspire social change by empowering media makers to develop and share diverse stories through art, education and technology.
In addition to its collaboration with TechSF to provide job and career readiness training, BAVC also offers its Next Gen Youth Programs that have established its reputation for empowering media makers to develop and share diverse stories through art, education and technology. The Next Gen Programs include Digital Pathways for youth ages 14 – 18 and Bridges for 18 – 24 year olds.
BAVC’s Digital Pathways program offers flexible pathways for young people 14 – 18 from diverse neighborhoods across the Bay Area to increase their storytelling, social justice and media arts skills. Participants are encouraged to develop their artistic talents while receiving advanced, industry-standard training in digital media production. The program goal is to help young adults gain experience and opportunities that lead to media arts careers and post-secondary pathways.
As it does in all of its programs, BAVC also focuses on developing the “soft” skills students need to successfully collaborate and produce high-quality creative products and professional portfolios. Tailored to each participant’s interests, BAVC’s pathway model helps young adults pursue new education and employment opportunities while using media as a tool for self-expression and discovery.
The Digital Pathways program is composed of the TRACKS and ADVANCED TRACKS sequences. TRACKS gets students started on the pathway. Under the instruction of award-winning filmmakers, coders and practicing artists and musicians, TRACKS students develop their artistic voices while gaining critical job readiness and interpersonal skills. In addition to producing professional portfolios in audio engineering, video production or web/code/design, students also receive a paid summer internship or capstone experience to gain industry experience.
ADVANCED TRACKS provides students with hands-on experience in developing, producing, packaging and promoting their own high quality media productions through two advanced production tracks: The Factory, which focuses on video production, and BUMP Records, which focuses on audio engineering.
BRIDGES supports young adults between 18-26 enrolled in media-arts and technology programs at community colleges and state universities throughout the Bay Area, providing support, training and opportunities to student through workshops and college/career advising/mentoring. The program is funded by the National Science Foundation to ensure that underrepresented young adults get access and support they need to continue in media arts, technology and STEM careers.