BYkids Mission

BYkids mentors teens to tell their stories through film and share the realities of global inequality and injustice on the world stage. We give kids agency to inspire, empower and enact change. Kids learn citizenry through empathy, using film as a starting point for cross-cultural conversations – in schools, on public television, and in screenings and festivals around the world.

The result: Each of our films are viewed and discussed with 248 million teens, educators and their families, creating common ground among us.

I COULD TELL YOU ‘BOUT MY LIFE

United States

Mentored by filmmakers Chiemi Karasawa and Hollis Meminger, 19-year-old Michael Martin reflects on his incarceration on Rikers Island and the affect it had on his life.

WALK ON MY OWN

Senegal

13-year-old Ndèye Fatou Fall illuminates the cultural shift in Senegal that has allowed her to remain in school and to make decisions about her own future.

OUT OF ALEPPO

Syria

Mohammad Shasho (age 17) made the perilous journey from Syria to Berlin and struggles with his family to set up a new life. Mentored by award-winning documentary filmmaker, Anja Baron, Mo finds his own voice and gives voice to his fellow refugees.

MY BEAUTIFUL NICARAGUA

Nicaragua

12-year-old Edelsin Linette Mendez illuminates the consequences of climate change on the coffee market, her community’s traditional source of livelihood and Nicaragua’s primary agricultural product.

“Kids are genuine reporters…
They tell it as they see it.”

The New York Times, Aug. 27, 2014

“BYkids films are a great way to discuss current issues
and engage my students in different cultures.”

– Teacher, High School Global Literature, Texas

“… I think kids understand by media. A video is just like a bow on a gift, it tops off whatever we learned and gives us more information”

– 4th Grader, Vaughan Elementary, Michigan