Educational Video Center
The Educational Video Center (EVC) is a media organization that teaches youth how to create documentaries, encouraging those who want to communicate a commitment to social justice. EVC students have created award winning documentaries about a wide variety of subjects, from immigration and the environment and the criminal justice system to bullying and depression.

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At the Educational Video Center (EVC), New York City high school students not only learn the art of documentary filmmaking, but also valuable lessons about professionalism, social change and critical thinking. Through EVC’s programs, students build skill sets they can take with them through their educational and professional careers. Plus, the center even offers training for educators.

  • Youth Documentary Workshop: This workshop teaches students the fundamentals of documentary filmmaking. They learn how to research, plan, shoot and edit a social issues documentary, all while receiving academic credit.
  • Professional Development Program: This program gives educators who teach grades pre-k through 12 the skills needed to successfully integrate video production into their lesson plans.
  • New Media Arts Apprenticeship: Students who participate in this workshop will learn video production, photography, web design and app creation.

Unequal Education Revisited

The EVC began in 1984 as a way to give New York City youth the skills and resources to address social injustices, think critically about them and raise awareness for them. In 1992, EVC youth produced a documentary for PBS’ “Listening to America with Bill Moyers” called “Unequal Education.” The film examined the inequities in the New York City School system. Fast forward to present day and the original crew from the 90’s came together to producer a sequel and video interviews with long-time education professionals such as Maxine Greene, Deborah Meier, Pedro Noguera, and Norm Fruchte.

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EVC program participants come in as high school students ready to learn and leave as well-rounded young professionals ready to take on college and the work force. The technical skills they learn, the understanding of social justice issues that they gain, and the ability to think critically stays with them long after they graduate. Some EVC alumni have even been inspired to pursue media-focused careers. EVC graduates can be found working for media organizations such as Hispanic International TV Network, BET and the History Channel. Read more about the ways EVC is making a lasting impact on young people and see testimonials from alumni. 

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