Youth Opportunities

PSTV has created a multimedia space where students can learn about a multitude of media opportunities that are available to them. Here you will learn about film festivals, educational programs available from industry partners, workshops, internships and much more.



DJ Explosion (The Top Choice Experience)  – Wednesday, Feb. 5th- March 25 from 4:00-6:00 pm (runs for 8 consecutive weeks)   **No Experience Necessary;  Register Here     Only 12 slots available       DJ Explosion workshop provides students grades 6-12 with the opportunity to learn the basics of DJing. During the session, students will learn theory with a heavy focus on hands-on practice. Accompanied by guest DJ’s, student will walk away understanding core principles and mixing

TechGirlz – Feb. 13th – Python Programming workshop at PSTV from 4-6:30  ( MIDDLE SCHOOL GIRLS) Register here Did you know that Disney, Netflix, Google and NASA, just to name a few, are all using Python? Python can be used for creating web applications, automation, programming robots and artificial intelligence. Python is the language of choice from beginners to experts.  Students will learn how to program using Python starting with simple data types, including numbers, letters and strings, and lists. Students will also explore comparisons, if-statements, and loops. Finally, students will use what they learned to create their own game.  Please create a free account prior to the workshop

Logic Pro Workshop – Mondays Feb 24- March 16  from 4:00-6:00 pm (runs for 4 consecutive weeks)  **No Experience Necessary; Register Here   Only 15 slots available  –  This basic workshop will familiarize you with the use of our Xpress studio along with and use of Logic Pro software. You will learn the Mixer, layout, Understanding Tempo and Key for Creating Loops, Software Instruments, MIDI, Recording Audio, VST Plugins, Mastering and Exporting Projects. This workshop is comprised of four sessions that must be attended in order to receive a PSTV certification.

Advanced Logic Pro Workshop – Mondays, March 23-April 13th from 4-6PM -(runs for 4 consecutive weeks)  **Logic Pro is a Prerequisite   Register Here            Only 15 slots available   Along with and use the continued use of Logic Pro software you will become acquainted with how to use our  Express Studio and the Recording Vocals, Deep Dive: Compression and EQ,  Auxiliary Tracks: Sends, Busses, Parallel Tracks, Mastering Final Tracks.  You must have already completed the Logic Pro workshop.

Songwriting and Production: Start to Finish – Tuesdays, Feb. 24 – May 5   from 4:00-6:00 pm (runs for 10-consecutive weeks)**  Logic Pro is a Prerequisite                Register Here  Are you a writer? Musician? Producer? Looking for a team to collaborate with? The Songwriting course at PSTV will teach the process of songwriting and recording, bringing together a wealth of student talent in a collaborative, supportive environment. The course begins with an analysis of song structure and style across genres. Students will collaborate to write lyrics, write melodies and chord structures, and determine a style or genre for production. Students are also encouraged to bring existing melodies or lyrics to the class. During the second part of the course, students will record songs, either “inside the box” with software instruments or with live instrumental recordings in the studio. Finally, students will mix songs in Logic and work to promote songs through the Districts’ streaming channel.

‘YOUR VOICE, YOUR MESSAGE’ / MOBILE PODCAST – 1-day workshop Wednesday, 02/12/20 from 4:00-6:00 pm **No Experience Necessary;  Register Here
Only 15 slots available A podcast is one of the most powerful vehicles to spread a message by using your own voice. This workshop teaches you how to develop your own podcast using your smartphone. It will cover planning and pre-production, topics, duration, and how to speak to your audience. Also, how to use hardware and software to record your pieces. Learn how to incorporate music and sound effects to enhance your storytelling.

YOUTUBE D.I.Y. – 1-day workshop, Wednesday, 03/18/20 from 4:00-6:00 pm **No Experience Necessary;  Register Here   Only 15 slots available                                   YouTube is the go-to space if you want to showcase your videos and start a community of viewers. In this class, you will learn how to create and set up your own YouTube Channel. A step-by-step guide to make your channel, customize it and add videos. Use your smartphone as a camera, build up your stage crafting your own background and lighting setup using stuff around your house. Also, learn how to use YouTube incorporated assets like music and sound effects.

CREATIVE EDITING ON PHOTOSHOP – 1-day workshop, Wednesday, 04/22/20 from 4:00-6:00 pm **No Experience Necessary; Only 15 slots available;           Register Here       Photoshop is a huge tool for creators. Either if you do photography or graphic design, learning the basics of photoshop will help you to free up your creativity. This workshop will teach you the basic tools to enhance your images, using filters, adding text and different objects. Change backgrounds, colors, create collages, etc.

DESIGNING FLYERS ONLINE FOR SOCIAL MEDIA – 1-day workshop-  Wednesday, 05/20/20 from 4:00-6:00 pm **No Experience Necessary; Only 15 slots available; Register Here      If you learn your ways, Social Media will give you the push up to gain audiences for your products, music and more. In this class, you will learn how to design flyers and posters to display on the internet using online tools. Promote your brand, your products, and ideas.

Rich Quick Cypher Workshop Series (Fridays between 3/6 and 4/3) – 4:00-6:00 pm                                                                                                                                                                              Philly rappers and music industry professionals will lead a series of workshops open to any current high school student (grades 9-12) focusing on cyphering and freestyling as well as sustainable creative careers such as podcasting. Students will also have opportunities to speak to the teaching artists about their experiences on local, national, and international stages, and will be featured on an established podcast. Advance registration is REQUIRED.


(STEAM)/STEM Workshops – More details to follow

Feb 8, March 7, April 18, May 9

Light & Motion, XR & MR,VJ & Sound

TechGirlz – Each Month PSTV offers Free TechGirlz workshops on the 2nd Thursday of the month, for Middle School Girls.Register for classes at TechGirlz   As much as we want all children to learn about technology, we do limit the age for our workshops to 6th-9th grade girls. TechGirlz Policies

Upcoming workshops


Studio Production

Art of Journalism


Field Production

Outside partner offerings

Cinemaniacs is a FREE after-school program where youth, grades 9-12, will watch a diverse selection of local, global & historical films and explore the role of cinema in their own lives, communities, and society. It provides a safe and supportive learning environment where youth can analyze and discuss films with peers & industry professionals.

Program Details:

Mondays, March 2 – April 27th, (except April 6)

3:30pm – 6:00pm

The Albert M. Greenfield Education and Community Screening Room

Philadelphia Film Center

1412 Chestnut St., Philadelphia

Interested students can enroll by completing the form linked here.



She’s Reel Film Festival. This is a festival for young female filmmakers in the Greater Philadelphia Area. Our goal is to create a supportive community that recognizes and awards the work of young women in the male-dominated film industry.

Any female-identifying filmmaker in high school in the Greater Philadelphia area is eligible to submit. We are accepting submissions until March 20th, and the festival will be held on April 25th, 2020.

The link to submit is shesreelfilmfestival.

Thank you and we hope to see your films! Grace Conley and Ruby Ginsburg

Instagram: @shesreelfilmfest
Website: https://rginsburg20.wixsite. com/shesreel

____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ 2020 SE Pennsylvania Teen Filmmakers Showcase.
The teen filmmakers will arrive via limo, enjoy a red carpet experience with professional photography, social and screen their original film in a giant state of the art theatre!
The submission period for the Teen Filmmakers Showcase will be open from Feb 1 to June 15 at SEPennsylvaniaTeenFilmmakersSh owcase. You can find all the rules, categories, details etc. on the website too.
Feel free to share the attached picture with interested teens in your circles, and like our social media:
Twitter: @se_showcase
IG: sepateenfilmshowcase
Comcast Newsmakers interview: Videos/2019/11/11/CC191108-1? autoPlay
Open to all teens in Chesco, Delaware, Montgomery and Philadelphia counties…please pass on to your students!

Check us out on YouTube at: channel/ UCIepOAEAR3JJGOMlb2TYsTQ


:Klein College High School Media Workshop is a tuition-free 2-week summer program designed to prepare the next generation of digitally and urban-trained journalists through hands-on training, field reporting, and experiential trips within Philadelphia. Students entering grades 11 and 12 will have the opportunity to work with Klein faculty and industry professionals to learn the basics of reporting, writing, and broadcasting, along with digital and visual arts, all while living in Temple’s campus residence halls from June 21 – July 2, 2020. Submit your application before May 22, 2020: https://klein.temple. edu/academics/high-school- summer-media-program
Thank you for sharing on your website! Looking forward to reconnecting in May, and hope you have a great few weeks of traveling soon!


Teen Filmmakers Showcase

The event is a chance for teenagers interested in the film industry to see their original films on the big screen, walk a red carpet, meet university film school faculty and arrive at the event in style, in a limo! We hosted the event for the first time last August, and it was amazing! We showed eleven films to a packed audience of 150, the teens each got to speak about their films and some even walked away with some awards!


For 2020, the submission period will be open from February 1st-June 15th and is open to all 12-19 YO in Chester, Delaware, Montgomery and Philadelphia counties.

We are accepting all genres and films can be from individual students and also groups or film club submissions all online at Register

The weblink also has some really great phots from last year to give you an idea of the night!


Interview on Comcast Newsmakers: Videos/2019/11/11/CC191108-1? autoPlay

Social Media: @sepateenfilmshowcase



We are excited to announce the date for the Annual School District of Philadelphia Technology Expo and Competition. This is an event that celebrates the great work our students do in all content areas using technology.  We want to invite you and your students to register to participate in the 2020 Philly Technology Exposition and Competition (TEC) Showcase on April 3, 2020. Please check out the links below and consider entering your students into one of the following Philly TEC categories:

Philly TEC Digital Movie | Grade 3-5

Philly TEC Coding | Grades 3-5 and Grades 6-8

Philly TEC Digital Art | Grades 3-5, Grades 6-8, Grades 9-12

Philly TEC Multimedia | Grades 3-5, Grades 6-8, Grades 9-12

Students in grades 6-12 are also invited to enter their projects into additional categories that are apart of the Middle and High School Regional Media and Design Competition. Winners of the categories listed below will be eligible to represent Philadelphia and compete at the PA Media and Design Competition held on May 19 or 20 at Dickinson College in Carlisle, PA. Registration for the categories listed below should be entered on the appropriate PA Media and Design Registration Portal.

PA Media and Design Competition


3D Design 

Digital Movie 

Graphic Design and Logo 


Web Page Design

HS Registration for Media and Design

MS Registration for Media and Design

Schools can enter the best project that represents the school in each of the grade-appropriate categories with 1- 3 students working on a group project.

Click here for Philly Technology Expo and Competition Information/Registration. Registration Deadline is Friday, March 6, 2020.

We will be holding a webinar about this event on February 6th from 3:30-4:00 pm.  To register, visit  We look forward to seeing you and your students at this year’s Technology Expo and Competition and thank you for the work you do each day with students.

If you have any questions, please email Tracey McGrath at


Philadelphia Youth Film Festival will take place on February 22nd, 2020.

PHYFF is a student-run free film festival, through which Philadelphians can meet and learn from filmmakers, and watch some of the best highschool films made around the world and outstanding local high school films. | FilmFreeway

Germantown Friends School



Cinemaniacs, a new after-school film literacy program created through a partnership between the Big Picture Alliance and the Philadelphia Film Society.  Cinemaniacs is a FREE after-school program where youth, grades 9-12, will watch a diverse selection of local, global & historical films and explore the role of cinema in their own lives, communities, and society.  It provides a safe and supportive learning environment where youth can analyze and discuss films with peers & industry professionals.

The goals for the program are to:
– build community & confidence among young creatives
– facilitate critical thinking and dialogue around the historical, current and future role of film in society
– develop film & media literacy (history, vocabulary, and concepts)
– provide access to a diverse array of local, global and historical films
– connect youth to a network of filmmakers and industry professionals

Each session will tackle a different theme, introduce new vocabulary, offer new films for analysis, and include a discussion guided by BPA teaching artists. Some of these themes include Perception & Point of View, Fact vs Fiction, Representation & Power, Equity & Social Change, and Imagining Futures.

Please consider sharing this information and the attached flyer with your youth communities. Whether you would like to bring a group as a part of your program or if you share with individual students who might be interested, we would be grateful for any help in getting the word out about this pilot program. Space is limited to 20 slots so we wanted to inform our partner organizations first and make sure their communities know about this unique opportunity.

Program Details:
Mondays, March 2 – April 27th, (except April 6)
3:30pm – 6:00pm
The Albert M. Greenfield Education and Community Screening Room
Philadelphia Film Center
1412 Chestnut St, Phila.

Interested students can enroll by completing the form linked here. QDKBFYdNBMPL7ZhM9

For questions, feel free to email me at or call Big Picture Alliance at (443) 414-9919.


Partner Offerings:

The Urban Technology Project is now recruiting for our 2018-19 Pre-Apprentice Digital Service Fellows cohort. Students ages of 18-24 that is interested in a career in technology. The AmeriCorps Digital Service Fellows Pre-Apprenticeship program offers young adults the opportunity to learn technology support while serving Philadelphia schools by providing STEM and Computer Science mentoring activities to students. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.Pre-Apprentice Digital Service Fellows provide technology services to schools across the district while learning new tech skills, professionalism skills, earning a living stipend, gaining I.T. industry certifications, and more! Learn More