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Partners & Funders


The Youth Documentary Academy is housed at the Bemis School of Art and the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center in association with the Rocky Mountain Women’s Film Institute.  YDA would like to thank our California partner, the Bay Area Video Coalition, for their guidance and support in bringing YDA to Colorado Springs.

Major funding for YDA comes from the Russell Grinnell Memorial Trust, the Marie Walsh Art Foundation, the Dusty and Katherine Loo Foundation, and Ann Bernhard, with additional support from the Joseph Henry Edmondson Foundation , the Bee Vradenburg Foundation, and the CALM Foundation. YDA is a sponsored project of the Pikes Peak Community Foundation.  To become a YDA partner or provide support for our program, please contact Director Tom Shepard.

Tax deductible contributions can be made through the Pikes Peak Community Foundation and will help underwrite participation of more youth in our community.  CLICK HERE TO DONATE NOW

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These are OUR stories. I’m amazed at what we had access to in a seven-week program. YDA has helped me in so many ways.

William J. Sobolik, 18

YDA is rare in its location, structure, staffing, and most importantly, accessibility. By subsidizing tuition, funders are helping to level the playing field in a career traditionally dominated by the financially advantaged.

Suzan Beraza, Visiting Filmmaker