Films BYkids Season Two airs on WNET/THIRTEEN with a new film each Sunday in March at 7:30 p.m. Check your local PBS listings for the national schedule.


The broadcast on PBS reaches families in 84 million homes. We share Films BYkids in schools with teaching materials and the support of more than three million teachers. We engage kids about complex issues with films as the starting point for understanding, and teaching materials that engage kids toward social change.

Teachers, we have innovative resources for you including our BYkids School Guide, the PBS LearningMedia curricula and the PenPal Schools The World Through My Eyes. For Teachers

Rotary Club Hosts BYkids

Holly Carter is guest speaker at a Rotary Club meeting in New York City and speaks on the topic of teaching empathy and globalism through film. Holly is honored to be invited to speak by President Theodore Perednia and Executive Director Andreas Runggatscher. It is a delight to meet members and share BYkids’ work.

Museum of the City of New York Hosting Screening and Conversation on February 7

Join us at the upcoming screening and panel discussion of I COULD TELL YOU ‘BOUT MY LIFE at the Museum of the City of New York (1220 Fifth Avenue at 103rd Street) on Thursday, February 7 at 6:30 to kick off their Activist series. BYkids youth filmmaker, Michael Martin, shares his story about life on and after Rikers at age 17. The screening will be followed with a conversation: Art and incarceration, with New York-based artists Onyedika Chuke, Sophia Dawson, and Messiah Ramkissoon about the power of art – including film, painting and sculpture, and spoken word – to address the ongoing crisis of mass incarceration. Buy tickets here

Malala Honors our Colombian Filmmaker in Her New Book

María Ceballos Paz, who told her story with the help of BYkids in her documentary DISPLACED BUT NOT DEFEATED, is featured in Nobel Peace Prize-winning Malala Yousafzai’s new book, WE ARE THE DISPLACED: MY JOURNEY AND STORIES FROM REFUGEE GIRLS AROUND THE WORLD, María has a whole chapter. Read the interview

Keynote at UNC World View Conference

Holly Carter screens MY BEAUTIFUL NICARAGUA and talks about teaching empathy and global citizenry to students as a keynote speaker at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hills’s World View conference. The 2018 K-12 Global Education Symposium is organized by Charlé LaMonica and her amazing staff and is attended by 300 teachers from North Carolina. Holly was honored to be introduced by North Carolina’s Teacher of the Year, Freebird McKinney.


How can students and educators navigate America’s broken juvenile justice system? Avoid it. Michael Martin (now 19) was incarcerated on Rikers Island and shares his experience about getting in, and out, of trouble in a short documentary he made for PBS. Mike reflects on the boredom that got him into trouble, the guidance from a counselor at Friends of Island Academy to lead him out of trouble, and his film mentor who has helped him find his voice. Join us at SXSW EDU on Tuesday, March 5 from 11 am to noon at the Austin Conference Center, Room 11AB for our conversation with Holly Carter (BYkids Founder), Mike Martin (BYkids filmmaker), Hollis Meminger (BYkids mentor) and Messiah Ramkissoon (Friends of the Island Academy counselor).


Thrilled to be part of Bergen County’s anti-bullying programs, in conversations with over 3,000 students after screenings of POET AGAINST PREJUDICE about Islamophobia, bullying and immigration.

“I want to thank you for bringing this program to my high school. I have always wanted to discuss this topic but never found the right platform. The only thing we ever learned about Muslims was always about 9/11, so it was really refreshing to have a positive view of Muslims.” Yusra Subhani, Teaneck High School


Tonight we celebrate Raise the Age with the world premiere of “I Could Tell You ‘Bout My Life” — Mike Martin’s story about returning to life in Harlem after incarceration on Rikers at 17 and a panel discussion with Mike Martin (BYkids filmmaker), Holly Carter (BYkids founder and executive director), Chiemi Karasawa and Hollis Meminger (Mike’s BYkids film mentors), Tim Lisante (superintendent overseeing Rikers), Christine Pahigian (Friends of Island Academy executive director), and moderated by Johnny Perez (director of U.S. Prison Programs, National Religious Campaign Against Torture). We honor Christine Pahigian and the Honorable Bryanne Hamill, NYC Board of Corrections, Board of Children’s Rights, Commission on Civil Rights/NY Advisory Committee and retired NY Family Court Judge. We close with a performance by Messiah Ramkissoon. We experience what BYkids strives to instill in classrooms around the world – engagement, empathy and understanding.


BYkids attends the World Innovation Summit for Education

BYkids is a proud delegate at the Qatar Foundation’s World Innovation Summit for Education (WISE) in New York. Lots of new partners from the conference – Learning Revolutions: Creating Educational Environments for Empowerment and Inclusion.

BYkids 2018 Benefit Celebrates “Raise the Age”

Join us October 1 in Harlem
Honoring: Christine Pahigian (Friends of Island Academy Executive Director) and Bryanne Hamill

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