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Los Angeles Youth Media Summit

5 Years Strong

The Los Angeles Youth Media Summit has been running strong for 5 years. The LA Summit follows the model of the International Youth Media Summit with seven issues - Discrimination, Environment, Health, Poverty, Violence, Women's Rights, and Youth Empowerment. Students will have discussions about the seven issues and then make public service announcements under the guide of a mentor who works in that respective field. Once participants have an idea they pitch it to industry professionals so that their is a concrete idea.

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LA Summit: Welcome

We Welcome..


13-17 years old

already have some experience with expressing themselves with the camera and video editing, are willing to learn more, but are also eager to teach others about what they have learned so far.


13-17 years old

enjoy doing research, consulting with experts and crafting persuasive arguments using written and oral communication, most passionate about solving the world's major global issues.

Junior Advisor

18-20 years old

serve as the leaders for issue groups, support the delegates in completing their main goals at the Summit.

LA Summit: Programs

The Seven Issues

Recognized by the delegates of the 1st IYMS in 2006, all of these Issues still impact lives everywhere in the world. Every year for the past 13 years, new delegates have explored the power and impact of media to transform attitudes, behaviors and lives. They apply their new awareness to the making of films about the social issues that matter the most to them.

The final products of each Summit include:

  • seven short films, each focused on finding a solution to one of these issues

  • seven workshop guides, tools to accompany the films to stimulate dialogue and action in community settings around the world

  • written and recorded declarations, individual stories related to the Issues explored at the Summit

By confronting and examining global problems, and exploring solutions together, the delegates are bound in a shared purpose. Working toward a common goal and being accountable for a concrete creative product within a limited time period provides the perfect "stew" for collaboration. Conflicts arise and must get resolved. Barriers of misunderstanding and ignorance are broken down, friendships emerge, creativity flows...

In this process, youth create a model for a peaceful yet dynamic, cooperative world community.






Women's Rights

Youth Empowerment

LA Summit: Programs


Helpful Information

LA Summit: FAQ

How much does the summit cost?

The Los Angles Youth Media Summit (LAYMS) is 100% free, but we do welcome any donations.

How long are the hours during the summit?

The hours vary day to day, However the days don't go past 8 hours.

Los Angeles Youth Media Summit Team

Creating Agents of Change

The LAYMS is an annual four day event where delegates from all over the Los Angeles area meet for the opportunity to work beyond their community. They collaborate on media projects and motivate one another to take action and responsibility to inspire their generation and shape the world.

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Coleen Bondy

LA Summit Coordinator


Tristan Kendall

Executive Director


Mia Howard


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Malik Draper

Director of Outreach & Development

LA Summit: Team
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