Youth Active Media (YAM)

Youth Active Media is a neighbourhood-based videography initiative for youth. Youth from priority neighbourhoods across Ottawa have the opportunity to learn the art of filmmaking through creating short films about community issues that matter to them. Youth Active Media empowers youth to effect positive social change through art while developing transferable skills, and providing employment opportunities for youth through paid mentorships!


The Youth Active Media program uses a mentorship model in which eligible youth participants who excelled as leaders and demonstrated skills in the filmmaking process are hired as paid program leaders, mentoring new participants in subsequent groups. Youth participants can also be hired to create videos for other organizations - how cool is that!

Watch videos created by Youth Active Media participants below!

Social Enterprise


Through our Social Enterprise, Youth Active Media is enhancing the communications capacity of local businesses and organizations through video services that help tell the story of the issues, from a local perspective. Videos are created on a fee-for-service basis by talented YAM youth - it's a win/win!

Watch videos created through the YAM Social Enterprise below!

Bring YAM to Your Community!


Youth Active Media is currently looking for new communities to work in!


You can experience:

  • The filmmaking process, including creating a storyline for a short documentary, public service announcement, drama, or stop-animation video
  • How to use professional video cameras, sound and lighting equipment
  • How to edit video using Adobe Premiere  
  • The presentation of the final product to the community, including an end of year film festival!


Impact on Youth

Contact Information


If you would like to volunteer with YAM or find out how you can bring YAM to your neighbourhood, get in touch with coordinator Pixie Cram!