Featured Videos

Over the past few years, the Pinkerton grantee portfolio has seen an increase in programs that focus on learning the tools and story-telling techniques of video production.  These programs help give young people a voice to share their stories, address the issues affecting their communities, and learn how to be creators, not just consumers, of media.  Along the way they build the vital skills of literacy, leadership and self-confidence.  

The Pinkerton Foundation invited Downtown Community Television, Educational Video Center and ReelWorks to participate in a Pinkerton Video Project.  The goal was to offer young participants practical work experience while enhancing the Pinkerton website with videos highlighting our grantees.  Each organization was asked to have a small group of current participants and/or alumni produce two videos – one about their own program and a second featuring another Pinkerton grantee.  Take a look at what they produced:

Downtown Community Television (DCTV)

Offering free training to young people since 1978, PRO-TV provides a creative outlet for young people to address the issues affecting their lives and their communities. All participants research, write, produce, direct, and edit their own films using professional digital production equipment and editing systems.

Educational Video Center (EVC)

Through EVC’s rigorous afterschool program, students from schools throughout New York City earn academic credit, or receive stipends, as they learn to produce a documentary on a subject of personal interest and relevance to their community.

Exodus – Produced by ReelWorks

Exodus is a faith-based service agency that helps people involved in the justice system rebuild their lives. It currently runs three group-based “credible messenger” mentoring programs for young people. The groups aim to help their young participants get ready for change, develop pro-social life skills and reduce harmful behaviors.

Opportunity Network – Produced by EVC

The Opportunity Network provides career awareness, skill-building, internships, and college access and retention support for academically talented youth from low-income families. All participants begin the six year program during the summer after their sophomore year of high school.

Reciprocity – Produced by ReelWorks

The Reciprocity Foundation provides college preparation and career readiness services to homeless youth living in supportive housing in New York City. Reciprocity’s aims to support a young person’s development by also offering yoga, meditation, and personal coaching.


ReelWorks offers a free after-school film making workshop that matches teens with professional filmmaker-mentors to create original short documentaries about their lives and communities. Its goals: to unlock young voices, unleash young talent and create films that are personal, powerful and real.

Urban Debate League – Produced by DCTV

The New York City Urban Debate League was founded in 2011 by UC Berkeley Law School graduate and former Bronx school teacher Erik Fogel. His goal was to prepare students for college, career, and community success. In the year –round program participants study writing, public speaking, research techniques, civics and law.

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