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Teen International Media Exchange


In the wake of September 11, 2001, a group of Los Angeles media instructors and professionals gathered to discuss the tragedy. They were determined to “go global” and make a major, long-term impact on the world community.The Teen International Media Exchange (TIME) was born, and found a home at the Media Academy at Grover Cleveland High School in Reseda, CA, where two of the founders teach.Today, TIME is a non-profit organization with an explicit mission: to empower the energy of teenagers and the dynamic power of the media to create a peaceful, cooperative world community.

TIME’s signature annual event is the International Youth Media Summit (IYMS) which brings together teen filmmakers and teen diplomats from around the world to explore ways to inspire and empower their generation to shape the future through media and action.

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Our Timeline History

  • In 2003, TIME completed an exchange project with Kay Won High School in Seoul, South Korea. Cleveland students spent three weeks in Seoul in production on their film, Passport 79, and hosted the Korean students for two weeks of post-production in the United States.

  • From 2002-2004, TIME completed three internet video projects with Screen School in South Lanarkshire County, Scotland.

  • In 2005, TIME completed its second in-person collaboration. TIME students traveled to Belize; and with students from Youth for the Future in Belize City they created a narrative video, Jaded, and a documentary about their collaboration, You Better Belize It!

  • In 2006, TIME founded the International Youth Media Summit (IYMS). The inaugural event which brought together 85 people from 26 countries. The students made short films about seven social issues: Violence, Poverty, Discrimination, Health, Environment, Women’s Rights and Youth Empowerment.

  • In 2007 & 2008, TIME students presented at the National Service Learning Conference.

  • In 2008 Petals of Hope, a public service announcement created by TIME student Sarah Morcos, won the United Nations Global Issue Award.

  • In 2009, TIME organized A Taste of Peace, an online project which brought together students from the U.S., Israel, the West Bank, and Serbia.

  • In 2010, TIME won the Paul Mann Peace and Justice Award from the California Teacher’s Association.

  • In the Spring of 2011, TIME organized collaborative on-line projects with GCEP Afghanistan, enabling students at Cleveland High to communicate and create with boys and girls at computer labs in Jalalabad, Afghanistan. One of the collaborative films, Tasadof, won two Video in the Classroom Awards.

  • In the Spring of 2012, TIME organized Mythic Challenges, six projects around the Millennium Issues, a collaboration with students in Afghanistan. Videos were screened at the 2012 State of the Arts Symposium at Los Angeles Center Studios, and the project won the Future Vision Award.

  • In 2011-2012 TIME produced Teen Teach, a documentary about an English language literacy program in Jalalabad, Afghanistan. The video was funded by the U.S. State Department, Kabul Embassy.

  • In 2012 TIME also produced Afghan Girls Connect, a Facebook and video project that brought girls and women from Afghanistan together with IYMS women from around the world. The project was funded by the U.S. State Department, Kabul Embassy.

  • In 2012, TIME’s student leader Erin Vaystub organized Video Challenge: Poverty. Young filmmakers from around the world showed the effects of poverty in their countries.

  • In May of 2013, Making Waves, a documentary about the 7th IYMS, created by TIME students and staff, debuted at the Mount St. Mary’s Film Festival.

  • In 2014 TIME Club President and IYMS delegate Emily Bader was a delegate to the Youth Assembly at the United Nations.

  • 2013-2015 – Students work on collaborative projects with students in Afghanistan, Israel, Palestine and Armenia. They focused on a comparison of their daily lives; and the differences and similarities between their cultures and countries.

  • In April, 2014, TIME received recognition from the L.A. County Board of Supervisors.

  • July, 2014 – TIME organized and hosted the Ninth International Youth Media Summit at Soka University in Aliso Viejo, California. 80 people from 22 countries were delegates, including 20 from the Balkan countries (Serbia, Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia and Kosovo) and delegates from the Middle East (Iran, Israel, Palestine, Afghanistan), as well as Africa, Asia, Europe, North and South America.

  • 2015 – TIME organized a Human Rights Fair with an audience of 100 students to hear about the work of Birgitta Olson, who organized workshops in the Balkans and Georgia (the country) to develop media projects around self image and human rights.

  • 2015 – TIME students complete a promotional video for the Youth Empowered Solutions project of the L.A. League of Women Voters.

  • 2015 – Jaspreet Kaur, 17 year old Senior and TIME club member, was the executive producer of L.A. Summit: Teens Shaping the Future at L.A. Valley College. This event, a pilot project for the International Youth Media Summit (IYMS), brought together 24 high school students and 14 college students from 18 different high schools and colleges.

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