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Student Filmmakers Reflect On High Rate Of Teen Suicide In El Paso County (Colorado Matters, CPR)

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Aired and posted by Andrea Dukakis on Colorado Matters, Colorado Public Radio (1/25/2017) Click here to see the original post and to listen to this broadcast High schoolers Kalia Hunter, left, and Dee Contreras recently made documentaries about youth suicide. (Nathaniel Minor/CPR News) Colorado has one of the highest teen suicide rates in … Read more »

Rocky Mountain PBS pairs student film with discussion about suicide

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Posted on current.org By Sara Wise | December 15, 2016 Viewers of Rocky Mountain PBS will get an intimate look at the issue of youth suicide Thursday with the debut of a partnership between the station and a Colorado organization for young filmmakers. RMPBS’s news show Insight will feature an … Read more »

Youth Documentary Academy films air on Rocky Mountain PBS

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By: Jen Mulson December 12, 2016 Updated: Today at 4:15 am Local youth expression has made it to the small screen. The Youth Documentary Academy and Rocky Mountain PBS recently formed a partnership to broadcast YDA films on the TV station and its affiliate stations in Colorado. Cheyenne Mountain High … Read more »

Youth filmmakers to be featured on PBS

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Colorado Springs Independent INDY BLOG UPDATE: POSTED BY J. ADRIAN STANLEY ON THU, DEC 8, 2016 AT 3:21 PM Rocky Mountain PBS reached out to me today to clarify that Legg’s film is a part of a new series called “Insight with John Ferrugia.” The special that Legg is featured … Read more »

YDA Partners with Rocky Mountain PBS

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We are excited to share a big development regarding youth in the Pikes Peak region: the Youth Documentary Academy (YDA) and Rocky Mountain PBS have formed a new partnership to broadcast YDA films on Rocky Mountain PBS and their affiliate stations across the state of Colorado.  The students in our program, whose films are … Read more »

Problem of teen suicide in Colorado Springs tackled by Youth Documentary Academy filmmakers

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By: Jen Mulson October 25, 2016 Updated: October 25, 2016 at 7:17 am During the summer of 2015 two Palmer High School students committed suicide within one week of each other. One of them was Dominic Saunders, 14, who had recently lost his mother. The story of his life and … Read more »

YDA goes to NYC for the All American High School Film Festival

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Five YDA films were screened at the 2016 All-American High School Film Festival in NYC this past weekend (Oct 7-9). Stevie Earnest (BOTH GENDERS) Antriese Lacey (SHADE) Rebecca St.John (ROCK BOTTOM) Cody McIntyre (FROM CLOSED TO OPEN) Scott Larwood (FATHERLAND). Stevie, Antriese, Rebecca, and Cody flew out to the big city … Read more »

Four young filmmakers explore the scourge of youth suicide in El Paso County (CSIndy, 10/12)

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Click here to see online article Death, through a youthful lens By J. Adrian Stanley @JAdrianStanley1 Dominic Saunders was 14 years old when he died. The once-charismatic, goofy boy had grown dark and distant. On June 4, 2015, with his father deployed overseas, the Palmer High School student found his … Read more »

YDA Students Nominated for 2016 Pikes Peak Arts Council Awards

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Shaienne Knox and Kalia Hunter, two graduates of YDA, have been nominated for awards at the 2016 Pikes Peak Arts Council Awards this October.  Both filmmakers are nominated in two categories, ‘Excellent Experimental or Documentary Film’ and ‘Young Filmmaker’. Shaienne’s film, OUT OF OUR HEADS, explores black hair: the variety of hair styles that … Read more »

Inspiring Youth at the FAC: Meet Kalia Hunter!

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Click Here to Link to the Online Article Inspiring Youth at the FAC: Meet Kalia Hunter! Inspiring the community through the creative arts is at the heart of the Fine Arts Center’s mission, and this could not be achieved without the people involved with the FAC, whether through the museum, … Read more »

While walking around Boulder, so many people came up to me and my dad to thank me for making AFTER WAR.

Bailey Francisco, 17


We were struck by how deeply students were willing to delve into difficult topics, often personal stories, and handle that material with real sensitivity.

Tara Thomas, Director of Education, Bemis School of Art

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