The Youth Institute Digital Media Program, based out of the Weingart East L.A. YMCA, recently wrapped up its first class of 25 students-turned-filmmakers. The class broke into five production teams to create short films (and one music video) with each participant playing a different creative role (director, editor, writer, graphics and sound designer). All of the kids had to record their own music for the films. The group also released the YI magazine, which includes heartfelt stories for its local community. The studio encourages kids to run the program in order to show them future career opportunities. Pictured (l-r): Selena Del Toro, Rosa Velez, Luz Gonzalez and Crystal Meza. For complete information, visit http://facebook.com/ymcayouthinstituteeastlosangeles.