Youth Education Program Manager
Watch a short video overview of the SFFS Youth Education program.
A fun and meaningful forum for education, understanding and awareness, the San Francisco Film Society’s Youth Education program introduces students to the art of filmmaking and celebrates both the differences and the shared values of the many cultural groups that make up the global community. The year-round program aims to develop media literacy, broaden insights into other cultures, enhance foreign language aptitude, develop critical thinking skills and inspire a lifelong appreciation of cinema. Through film screenings, media presentations, interactive discussions, filmmaker visits to schools, study guides and professional development, we strive to cultivate students’ imaginations, facilitate their awareness as filmgoers and empower them as true global citizens.
Since 1991, the SFFS Youth Education program has reached more than 95,000 Bay Area schoolchildren and 3,000 teachers from more than 350 educational institutions.
All programs are designed to meet the Visual and Performing Arts Content Standards for California public schools, providing vital media resources for teaching artistic perception, creative expression, aesthetic valuing, historical and cultural dimensions of the arts, and the means for connecting and applying what is learned through film to other curricula and careers.
“I can’t think of a single screening we have attended that has not met a curriculum standard. I also can’t tell you the number of times that a film has been referenced in our discussions about U.S. and world history and politics. ‘Tell me and I’ll forget; show me and I may remember; involve me and I’ll understand.’” —Homeschool Parent/Teacher
The Film Society's year-round Youth Education screenings and events rely on the assistance of hard-working volunteers who help with a variety of tasks such as setting up the theater, welcoming school groups, ushering and running mics for Q&A. Also of value is assistance in the office with mailings, research and database support.
Youth Education is always in need of capable interns to assist with both year-round programming and the Schools at the Festival program during SFIFF. Energetic people with good organizational skills, previous work in formal or informal education settings and an interest in film are strongly preferred. Benefits include Festival, press and preview screenings and Film Society membership. Youth Education internships never fail to be both enlightening and inspiring!
The Film Society's continued ability to serve the students of the Bay Area relies on the invaluable support of sponsors and funders of all kinds. The list of needs grows along with the program, including: screening venues, film and video projection equipment, lodging for guests and, of course, cash donations of any size.
If you’re interested in helping out, contact:
Youth Education Program Manager
The San Francisco Film Society Youth Education Program is made possible by the generous support of:
Walter and Elise Haas Fund
Nellie Wong Magic of Movies Education Fund
Union Bank Foundation