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What is Listen Up!'s mission?

Listen Up! is a youth media network that connects young video producers and their allies to resources, support, and projects with the goals of developing the field and achieving an authentic youth voice in the mass media.

How do we fulfill our mission? Listen Up!:

  • Awards grants for Projects and Workshops that assist youth in creating broadcast quality productions,
  • Manages a dynamic website that enables educators and producers to exchange resources and showcase their work,
  • Curates online media collections and produces annual reels,
  • Organizes events and national screening opportunities,
  • Provides networking opportunities to assist with distribution of youth media,
  • Facilitates evaluation process with local organizations and evaluation consultants.

How is Listen Up! affiliated with PBS?

Listen Up! is a project of Learning Matters, Inc. — a documentary production company that explores issues on youth and learning for public television. LMI's award-winning filmmakers produce documentaries for the NewsHour with Jim Lehrer and Frontline. Listen Up! distributed the youth-produced documentary "The Way We See It: Youth Speak Out on Education" on PBS throughout selected markets across the country.

How and when was Listen Up! created?

In 1998, Learning Matters, Inc. was given a generous multi-year grant from the W.K. Kellogg foundation to support youth producing messages for their peers on various health related issues. Several months later the initial focus of the content changed, and Listen Up! with its focus on youth made media was born. Since that time we have received support from The Open Society Institute, The Surdna Foundation, The MetLife Foundation, the NEA and The Annenberg Foundation.

How do I become a member of Listen Up! and what are the requirements?

Listen Up! reviews applications two times a year: in May & October. In addition to the application, applicants are required to mail Listen Up! a sample of their youth produced work on a Mini DV tape. Organizations applying must have a youth media video program in progress for at least one full year.

What does it mean to be a network member?

Lots of things! Please click here for more details.

How can I apply to Listen Up! grants and workshops?

At this time, Listen Up! grants are in network only, given to organizations who have been commissioned to participate in our production projects. Scholarships to attend our Workshops are also available to network members. To be eligible to apply, you must be a current network member of Listen Up!

What age group of young producers does Listen Up! work with?

Listen Up! works primarily with high school aged youth, 13-19.

My organization or school produces youth video work. How can I submit some to Listen Up's website?

We'd love to view your media. Currently only Listen Up! network members can submit work to our website. For more information on what it means to be a network member, including how to apply, please click here.

I'm a young producer and would like to post videos and get involved with Listen Up!. Where do I start?

Listen Up! works directly with organizations and schools who represent many young producers across the country. We first suggest viewing our network list of organizations to search for one in your local area. If you work with a youth media organization or school that is not on the list, OR if you do not see an opportunity listed in your area, please contact us at We'll do our best to help you get connected within your community and get your work showcased.

Where can I obtain youth media curricula?

Listen Up!'s website lists youth media tools and curriculum packages to use in the classroom. Link to our resources section of our website, and be sure to check out the exchange forum for news about new tools and media packages.

How do I post an announcement (news, call for submissions, events, job and funding opportunities)?

It's easy! Link to our exchange section of our website and you'll be guided from there.

How can I find out about local youth media events and workshops in my community?

There's a lot happening on a local and national level. Visit our events section for complete listings, including how to post your own.

How can I purchase the DVD "The Way We See It: Youth Speak Out on Education"?

The DVD is sold exclusively on our website. To purchase copies click here.

I am interested in showing youth produced work in my classroom. How do I obtain copies of some of the videos on your website?

Listen Up! PSA reels and our youth produced documentary "Youth Speak Out on Education" is available to purchase on our website. If you'd like to obtain a video you watched on our site produced by one of our organizations in the network, please contact the school or organization directly to obtain information on receiving copies. Each video on our website lists the title of the video, the youth producers and their organization. If you are having problems finding their contact information or receiving a response, please email Listen Up! directly at

I am interested in broadcasting youth produced work. Who should I contact?

Please contact our team at

I am a media organization looking to post a link to your community directory. How can I go about that?

Please link to our community section of our website to sign up for our youth media directory. If you have any questions or concerns, please email us at

I am a new organization or school looking to start a youth media program. Where should I start?

We suggest first visiting our resources section of our website for valuable media tools and curriculum. Our website also offers a forum for exchange, where you can post general questions and receive feedback. We also encourage you to give us a call — we'd be happy to place you in touch with youth media educators and leaders in your area that could extend more specific assistance.

Does Listen Up! offer internship opportunities?

We do offer internships throughout the year and on a project basis. Please contact our team at for more information.

How can I inquire about employment opportunities?

Listen Up! is not currently hiring, but we are always accepting applications. Please email a resume and letter of interest to us at, or fax to 212.725.2433

How can I make a donation to Listen Up!, or to individual organizations/schools in the network?

If you are a funder and are interested in receiving a proposal from Listen Up, please contact our team at for assistance. If you are interested in supporting a particular organization in the network, please refer to our Directory for their contact information. You may also call Listen Up! at 212.725.7000 and our team will be happy to help you.

My question isn't answered here. How can I contact Listen Up?

Please email us at Or contact us at:

Listen Up!
6 East 32nd Street, 8th FL
New York, NY 10016
212.725.7000 Phone
212.725.2433 Fax