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Relevate Film Festival

Relevate Film Festival Relevate Film Festival

Can a good film change the world? At Youth SEED, we believe the answer is yes, especially films that are made by youth. On November 15, Simphony Productions presented 2 films at Compathos' Relevate Film Festival at the New Parkway theater in Oakland and participated in a panel discussion with Youth SEED and United Roots. 'The Voyage,' directed by Gabriella Huerta, depicts the journey of one family from Mexico to the U.S. and the hardships they faced along the way. 'Under the Gun,' directed by Demario Williams from Youth Uprising, depicts the filmmakers' experience of being shot while making his own film addressing gun violence in Oakland. Luis Montoya of Simphony Productions was director of photography for both films. 'Come to the Table' directed by Zoe Salnave, chronicles the growth of the edible schoolyard program in Berkeley. Following the screenings, the youth participated in a panel discussion, which highlighted the value of young people having access to the opportunities and resources to tell their own stories and inspire social change. Stay tuned for more movie screenings in the months ahead!


Youth SEED at Life is Living

Life is Living Life is Living

"No graveyard inside the kitchen." At the fifth annual Life is Living festival, Stic Man of Dead Prez stressed the importance of healthy eating to the crowd at Defremary Park (AKA Little Bobby Hutton Park)...


Kiva Zip loans for youth!

Youth SEED is proud to announce an exciting partnership with Kiva Zip that will provide capital investment for youth led social enterprises! Since January, Youth SEED and United Roots have been supporting the growth of Simphony Productions, a youth led media production company based in Oakland, who just completed a successful Kiva Zip campaign, raising $1,000 to grow their business!

Youth SEED is now an official Kiva Zip trustee, providing youth with access to no interest, crowdsourced loans. Check out Simphony's Kiva campaign here.


Youth SEED at SOCAP 2013

More than 1800 entrepreneurs, investors and social change agents descended upon Fort Mason in San Francisco for the annual SOCAP conference in early September. The theme of this year's conference was Accelerating the Good Economy, and Youth SEED participated by supporting 80 social entrepreneurs form around the world...


Youth Ambassadors 2013

This summer, Youth SEED co-director Gino Pastori-Ng participated as a mentor in the first ever AMIGOS Youth Ambassador trip to Uruguay! Thirteen Bay Area Youth Ambassadors learned about Uruguayan history and culture through host family stays, service projects, and visits to significant sites across the country.


Youth SEED Launch Event 2013!

Sharlana at Launch Event Sharlana at Launch Event

The future of youth social entrepreneurship has arrived in the Bay Area. On April 27, Youth SEED hosted a pre-launch celebration at Hub Oakland's pop up location!


A Mindful Collaboration

Youth SEED is proud to announce an innovative partnership with longtime community ally United Roots. We have been working together since 2010 to support youth in creating media related social enterprises, and in 2013 we are taking our partnership to the next level! Youth SEED is now sharing workspace with United Roots and working with...