• MEA students produce professional quality video for non-profit organizations, and produce a video magazine for television broadcast. The students develop a project storyboard, film the content, complete the post-production editing, and distribute their product. Duration of each project: 19-week school semester (38 weeks for the year, 2x/week for 3-hour sessions.

• MEA students  develop a plan to set up and run a small business. The business sessions are taught by graduate students at the UC Haas Business School, emphasizing how to develop a business plan, communicate with clients, make good decisions, and basic project accounting.  Students  meet for business training 1 hr/week x 6 weeks.

• MEA Students have one-on-one and group time with the project mentor to learn professional media skills. Students  have the opportunity to have hands-on participation in all phases of the production under the supervision of the mentor. The program mentors are graduates of the UC-Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism and professional documentary filmmakers.

• MEA students learn how to overcome artistic and technical challenges, work together as a team, develop leadership skills, and succeed together.

• MEA students learn through media arts how to build and strengthen the capacity of underserved communities using the arts and technology to increase civic engagement, directly impacting youth and the community at large.

• MEA students are given information and assistance about obtaining internships in the media field. Professionals from the media field come into the program to explain what their organization does, and what opportunities are available for internships.

• Students are given information about colleges that have media programs for further study, and they receive counseling on admissions procedures to these colleges.

• Students have a documented work project to include in their resume, and a DVD of the completed project to add to their portfolio.

•100% of MEA students remain in school, advancing to successful high school graduation followed by higher education/college admission, advanced professional training, or entry level employment in media arts-based fields.