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In 2010, the LA SKINS FEST initiated the MEDIA YOUTH TOUR. This program entails Native American youth visiting movie studios, television networks and film schools in Los Angeles, California. In our inaugural year, we hosted a tour of NBC/UNIVERSAL and the George Lucas School of Cinematic Arts at the University of Southern California. At NBC/UNIVERSAL, professionals spoke with the participants about job preparation, they viewed new shows from NBC’s television department, and they toured the studio lot. At USC, the participants visited the film school, faculty spoke with them about scholarships, and they received a hands on demonstration with production equipment.
On May 6th, 2011 Sherman Indian High School students visited SONY COMPUTER ENTERTAINMENT AMERICA. It was a great day of lectures, video presentations, and an incredible tour of their studio. The students learned everything about video game development, design, programming and production. Sony opened their doors and made us feel at home.
The Youth Media Tour went to NBC/UNIVERSAL with Torres Martinez Tribal TANF in Commerce, California. The participants heard from several departments about employment, internships and educational opportunities. Thank you to Kelly Edwards and the wonderful staff at NBC/UNIVERSAL for their generosity and support.
On November18th, our youth took over the studios! Native youth from Tonkawa, Ponca and the Sac N FOX tribes of Oklahoma, Sherman Indian High School in Riverside and TANF in Los Angeles, California invaded NBC/UNIVERSAL for an educational seminar and career tour. This was our fourth Youth Media Tour as part of the 5th Annual LA SKINS FEST every November. We are offering new opportunities and expanding our outreach to new states, new tribes and more NATIVES! Thank you NBC UNIVERSAL for your support, trust and belief in us!
The First Youth Media Tour of 2012 took place Friday May 4th at Sony Pictures and was followed up by a trip to Santa Monica Pier and Century City for THE AVENGERS. Teenagers from Sherman Indian High School were our participating youth this time around and had a great day. The Youth Media Tour is an initiative of the LA SKINS FEST and is designed to offer new opportunities to Native American students. The tour offers vocational opportunities and educational information. Thanks to Sony for a great tour and lunch. Thanks to UCLA for supporting the LA SKINS FEST and our youth. For information on our next tour please email us at email@example.com.
Photo Gallery - Photos by Maria Brunner Ventura
July 2012 YOUTH MEDIA TOUR at Disney Store HQ and Jet Propulsion Labs
On July 19th, 2012 The Skins Youth Media Tour went to the DISNEY STORE Headquarters and NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratories in Pasadena, CA. It was a great day! Torres Martinez Tribal TANF youth learned about the creation, designing, and distribution of Disney products. Afterward, we went to NASA's Jet Propulsion Labs to learn about the new Mars Rover Mission, careers in space and new video games from NASA. Thanks to the generous staff at Disney Store HQ and Jet Propulsion Labs. The youth had a great time and learned a lot!