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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, Kevin Tung and Aaron Gilliam.

Jana, Kevin and Aaron are each 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.

Our Mission

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

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