“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


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.


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


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


Ready to help?



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