BATV Youth Programs strives to provide a nurturing, fun, and inclusive environment for young people interested in all aspects of media literacy and video production. Through its weekly video clubs, Enrichment programs, partnerships with local nonprofits, and school event collaborations, students in town have the chance to take part in the technical and creative arts, on a local level. And as long as a student is enrolled in a Billerica school, it's completely free.
BATV Youth Programs is a set of weekly classes, events, and meetups designed and curated for youth from fourth grade through college. Managed by Youth Programs Coordinator Amber Krasinski, each day offers something different for a different age group, in an atmosphere at once structured yet adaptive.
Many students in town are first introduced to BATV through in-school trainings or demonstrations, or from using one of our general meeting spaces...or just from seeing our three channels on cable television! While much of the Programs' work involves outreach to and collaboration with young people across a swath of different town wide projects, some of our most popular activities are video clubs.
Video clubs vary by age range, promoting self-reliance and expression through traditional and innovative media. Most are scheduled once a week, in seventy-five minute slots, in which time is spent focused on one facet of the digital arts (e.g., scriptwriting, improvisation, camera setup and composition, editing).
Students can join any age-appropriate video club at any point throughout the year. Each school year culminates with our grand Premiere, a group screening of our main projects, across all video clubs, for family and friends.
All it takes to join is a quick email or phone call to the BATV Youth Coordinator, Amber Krasinski, at
firstname.lastname@example.org or 978.663.2284 so that a minor release/policies and regulations form can be prepared for a parent/legal guardian to sign.
Video Club (7th-8th grade) 4:45-5:45
Video Club (4th-6th grade) 4:30-5:45
Video Club (High School) 6:00-7:15