The goal of SCATV’s Youth Program is to empower the next generation of young people to be critical and creative producers who use the power of media to serve as active agents of change in their communities. SCATV offers a number of developmentally appropriate youth programming for youth of all ages, including targeted intensive workshops, strategic community partnerships with youth-serving agencies, teen internships, movie nights, field trips, and more.

We aim to be inclusive and responsive to the needs of young people in our community, and provide all of our programming at a sliding scale in order to be accessible to all of our cities’ residents. We also strive to be a safer space for youth, and actively wish to recruit LGBTQ+ youth, youth of color, low-income youth, and youth with disabilities. We run year round youth programming, including after school programs, vacation camp, and summer programs. For more information on our Youth Media program, please contact Heather McCormack, Youth Media Director, at

Teen Sketch Comedy Sign Up Form

Please fill out the following form to sign up for Somerville Media Center’s New Teen Sketch Comedy Club. The club will meet every Tuesday from 3-5pm, starting June 27th and running until August 22nd (we will not meet on Tuesday, July 4th). The program is completely free and open to all interested youth, age 13+. 12 year olds can be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Please contact Heather at or 617-628-8826 with any questions or requests for additional information.

SCATV Summer Youth Program Registration!
Registration is full and has now closed. Stay tuned for Fall programming!

SCATV Summer is back and better than ever! Please note that all programs are for ages 8 and up, except for the Teen Movie Making camp which is geared towards teens only. (If you have a youth on the cusp we may approve them on a case by case basis). All programs run Monday-Friday, from 9am-3pm, with a showcase at the end of the week that families are invited and encouraged to attend.

The cost per week is $200 (except for Wild Tales, which is free), but there are full and partial scholarships for those who qualify. Please note we are giving priority to youth from Somerville, low income youth, and new campers–though we encourage everyone to apply. Accepted campers will be contacted directly with a link to pay and complete registration. If you have any questions, or would like to know more about any of our programs, please contact Heather McCormack at or 617-628-8826. Thanks so much!

  • TV Production (June 26th-June 30th): Learn multi-camera switching, green screen, and other TV production skills–behind and in front of the camera. Create your own TV show to go live on Channel 3! Instructor: Heather McCormack. REGISTRATION IS CLOSED
  • Audio Production (July 10-July 14): Learn how to record and edit audio by hosting your own radio show, creating sound effects, making beats, and more! Instructor: Heather McCormack. REGISTRATION IS CLOSED
  • Stop Motion Animation (July 17-July 21): Produce your own stop motion animated short using creative recycled materials, legos, clay, and more. Instructor: Heather McCormack. REGISTRATION IS CLOSED
  • [TEENS ONLY] 2 Week Filmmaking Bootcamp (July 24-August 4): Learn the ropes of editing, directing, acting, and more from experienced and award-winning filmmaker Rodrigo Santos. Work together with other teens to create your very own original short film! Instructors: Rodrigo Santos and Heather McCormack. REGISTRATION IS CLOSED
  • [FREE!] Wild Tales (August 7-August 11): Learn about the environment and take action to protect it by creating an original media project of your choice! Create a public service announcement, short film, website, cartoon, stop motion short to help take action and save the planet. Instructors: Heather McCormack and Liza Kitchell. REGISTRATION IS CLOSED
  • Memes, Gifs, and More! (August 14-August 18): Love internet graphics? Wanna go viral? Create your own memes, animated GIFs, snapchat filters, graphic designs and more! Instructor: Heather McCormack. REGISTRATION IS CLOSED

summer youth media

Ongoing Youth Media Programs

Makerspace Mondays ​begins ​on October 17th and ​will be a YOUTH ONLY zone from 3-5pm on Mondays, where youth can work on personal projects with staff support and/or choose from a variety of hands-on activities, such as podcasting, meme creation, beatmaking, and more​. We will offer all activities at a sliding scale for families. Register online here. Makerspace Monday does have staff supervision and support, and we will train youth on all equipment before they are able to “reserve” that equipment for personal projects, as well as have them sign a contract of behavioral expectations. It is, however, a more deliberately unstructured space in the sense that youth will have the opportunity to work on their own individual or group passion projects, rather than following a set curriculum. However, each week we will also have a structured hands on activity available for youth to choose.

Workshop Wednesdays will run 3-4:30pm starting October 5th​ and our first workshop series will be photography, taught by our fabulous Northeastern Coop, Niko Friehs​. ​Other Workshop Wednesday programs will be: Filmmaking, Improv/Sketch Comedy, Documentary Film, Stop Motion Animation​ & more​, all dates TBA. Register online here.

Disasterpiece Theater 3000 Jr.: Will return in the Fall but learn more about the series below!

Do you like bad movies? Like really, really, REALLY bad movies? Join a tribe of similarly snarky trash lovers every month for our brand new bad movie series, Disasterpiece Theater 3000 Jr. In the vein of Mystery Science Theater, youth will provide live commentary while watching terrible films. Monthly screenings will be held the 3rd Thursday of the month, from 5:00-7:00 in the SCATV Main Studio.

This movie night is totally free and includes pizza, and folks who show up to our kickoff event in troll related costume or makeup will be entered to win fun prizes :)

Past SCATV Youth Classes

Intro to Animation: August 8th – August 12th from 9am-3pm. Ages 8-12. Instructor: Isabella Deslandes.  Are you fascinated with movies like Coraline, Nightmare before Christmas, and ParaNorman? In this class you will create, film, edit and present your own stop-motion animation short that will be screened on SCATV. Use unconventional materials to make characters that will tell a unique and creative story.

Teen Film Critic’s Corner: Do you love movies? Do you love talking about what you love about movies? Come be a part of Critic’s Corner, where we will screen classic blockbusters from the 70s and 80s and record our very own film reviews to be shown on SCATV channel 3. 

Discover your inner journalist! Learn from real TV anchors how to make a news show from start to finish. Conduct interviews, investigate issues that matter, and write, host, produce and film your very own news show that will be screened on SCATV Channel 3.Teen Movie Maker Space: Make movie magic this summer with SCATV and Parts and Crafts. Learn the art of film production, from writing to camera work to editing, while collaborating with your peers to create your very own movie. Finally, present your masterpiece at a community showcase with an audience of your peers, parents, and other community filmmakers.

Other Opportunities

Teen Internships: Are you a high school student that’s interested in media production? We are currently hiring youth interns to spend their summer gaining hands-on technical production skills. In exchange for your hard work, get a free SCATV membership and free classes for a whole year! Contact to set up an interview.
Community Partnerships: Does your summer program need support with media components? Want to come in and film a video or radio ad for your youth serving organization? Contact to find out more about partnership opportunities this summer!
Field Trips: SCATV welcomes field trips and visits from local youth organizations! Come in, take a tour of our building, and engage in a hands-on project that will teach your youth the power of community media. Contact to book your group now.

SCATV Youth Media Playlist