“Reel Works for me was a foundation. An upbringing. Once you have a strong foundation, you can go anywhere.”


What Drives Us


Unheard Voices.

A third of NYC youth live in poverty. 1 in 3 have no mentor. A young person’s potential should not be determined by the zip code they were born into.


A Crisis of Inclusion in Media

When only 4% of films are directed by women and 6% by people of color, then young people grow up thinking their stories don’t matter. That they don’t matter.


What We Do

Founded in 2001, Reel Works is one of the leading youth filmmaking programs in the U.S. focused on building a sustainable, supportive, creative and inclusive film industry. Our unique mentoring model has trained hundreds of young filmmakers and produced award-winning films that have reached millions worldwide.

All our programs seek to engage teens and young adults and are built on a simple formula for youth development.

Teens + Mentors + Filmmaking + Time = Success

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Provide Free Filmmaking Workshops.

In schools. Or after school. All our classes are free for NYC youth.


Partner With Educators

Reel Works partners with under-resourced schools to bring our award winning workshops into communities and recruit students to our after school mentoring programs.


Mentor Teens

All Reel Works after school students are paired 1:1 with professional filmmaker mentors to tell their stories and have their voices heard.

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Train a Diverse Workforce

We provide technical training, workforce readiness and paid internships to prepare a diverse workforce for NYC’s $8 billion media industry.


Real Impact That Lasts a Lifetime

Reel Works programs have a long lasting positive impact on the lives of our graduates.


Join us. Because when you change the storytellers, you change the world.


Ready to help?



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