Who we serve

AMES programs primarily engage young people with lived experiences of various forms of oppression. Connecting with youth also means engaging the various adult allies– artists, educators, activists, mentors and community workers– who support them.

What we do

Guided by community-based artists and mentors, our programs provide young people with open and supportive spaces to reflect on issues affecting their lives, develop concrete skills, and produce media artworks that spark conversation and create conditions for change.

Media literacy, media arts production, and arts-based peer-facilitation are the primary competencies that participants develop during our production-focused programming. The work created during these programs is then featured in a range of youth-led outreach efforts. Whether this takes the form of interactive web platforms, social media campaigns, online educational resources, or youth-facilitated workshops (in schools and beyond), these dissemination activities are designed to amplify and extend the reach of youth visions and views, increase awareness about issues that matter, spark dialogue and foster imaginative visions for change.

Who we are

AMES is a registered charity run by a small group of dedicated staff + core collaborators that are guided by a Board of Directors that includes teachers, professors, community workers, students, filmmakers, artists, activists, and lawyers. Find more about them here.