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Youth Media Summer Camps

YPN's mission is to provide digital media education opportunities that inspire, empower and enable diverse populations of young people to develop critical thinking, problem solving, effective communication and other important life skills.

Young Producers Network (YPN) serves students ages 8-11 and 12-16 in eight-weeks of immersive media arts camps. YPN students engage in animation, video production, and storytelling exercises. Students trade off in roles such as acting, costuming, set design, lighting, and prop mastery.

A nationally-recognized youth media program, TCMedia connects children to award-winning professionals working in the field of television production, to deliver high-quality educational opportunities in a fun, supportive atmosphere.

2020 YPN Summer Sessions

AGES 8-11

Let’s Make a TV Show! - Tuition $150 (max 14 students / minimum 6 students)
July 13th - 17th 9:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Be a show host, on-air personality, news anchor, or work behind the scenes as a camera person or audio technician. Students produce a TV show that airs on TCMedia Channel 77 and on YouTube!

Animation Fun! - Tuition $150 (max 12 students / minimum 6 students)
July 13th - 17th 1:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Discover the world of animation. Work in stop-motion, pixilation, claymation and other forms. Animate objects, puppets, and paper while experimenting with sound, editing, and storytelling techniques.

AGES 12 TO 16

Music Video Production- Tuition $275 (max 14 students / minimum 6 students)
June 22nd- June 26th 9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Create original music videos, using tracks written and recorded by youth from The Bridge Music Project. Teams conceptualize, design, shoot, and edit all within one high-energy week.

Let’s Make a Movie! - Tuition $275 (max 14 students / minimum 6 students)
July 27th - 31st 9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Create an original short narrative film! Students will script, cast, shoot, and edit the final product. You’ll learn how to use cameras, audio, lighting, and special effects.

Animators Studio - Tuition $250 (max 12 students / minimum 6 students)
August 10th -14th 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Experiment in stop-motion, pixilation, claymation and other forms. Animate objects, puppets, paper cutout, and drawings. Experiment with sound production, editing, and storytelling techniques before producing an animated story.


For more information on how to enroll your child in Young Producers Network spring and summer youth media camps, visit tcmedia.org/young-producers-network or call us at 360-956-3100.

All summer camp registrations are handled by Olympia Parks, Arts & Recreation or Lacey Parks & Recreation.

Olympia Parks and Recreation: call 360-753-8380

Lacey Parks and Recreation: call 360-491-0857 - registration opens in March

All YPN Summer Classes will be held at the TCMedia facility. Thurston Community Media is located at 440 Yauger Way SW, Suite C, Olympia WA 98502. Students may be dropped off beginning 30 minutes prior to the start time. Lunch supervision provided for students attending both sessions.