Youth Council is a digital-media focused college and career readiness program for San Diego teens.

Our Youth Council is a digital media focused college and career readiness program for San Diego teens in 8th-12th grade interested in more deeply exploring photography, film, video, design, and art. Youth Council is a supportive and tight-knit community with students of all abilities and experience - the only requirement is a passion to learn and try new skills! 


Youth Council is advised by Jana McBeath and Ameil Capinpin.
Jana and Amiel are both media educators at Outside the Lens. 


Photography takes an instant out of time, Altering life by holding it still.

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Dorothea Lange

Youth Council members gain access to...

  • Film and Photography Workshops
    Hands-on opportunities to gain technical skills in film and photography. Learn from pros in the field on how to best light, shoot, edit, and create the work you want! 

  • Photo Excursions
    Shoot and explore through the lens and experience art at local studios, galleries, and museums. 

  • Open Lab Nights
    Open access nights for members to work on projects and make use of our in-house digital media lab, professional photo and film equipment, and post-production software, including the Adobe Creative Suite. 

  • Gallery Showcases & Screenings
    Participate in our annual Youth Council gallery show and OTL open submissions and get support in applying to local festivals and shows. Students have participated in: the Museum of Contemporary Art's 25 and Under Show, the Museum of Photographic Arts Youth Exhibition, the San Diego Latino Film Festival, and the Del Mar Fair Student Showcase.


...and more!

  • Service & Volunteer Opportunities 
    Give back to the community through photo-centric service projects, including Photos with a Purpose, an annual program providing free holiday portraits to students & families at one of our service sites. Build up your volunteer hours through service opportunities on-site at Outside the Lens and through our partner sites.

  • Leadership Opportunities
    Participate as delegates & journalists at WorldLink's annual Youth Town Meeting, get inspired at TEDxYouth San Diego, share your skill as a Peer-to-Peer Mentor, or take charge as YC Project Lead.   

  • Professional Mentorship
    Quarterly opportunities connecting youth with our Advisory Board, a community of San Diego professionals working in journalism, photography, film, marketing, design, education, and creative business. Students receive guidance and support on their projects and gain direct connections to the field of their choice. 

Don’t forget to tag us in your photography photos on Instagram @outsidethelens.