Summer Workshops and Camps


One week intensive programs during the summer.

Each summer brings new and exciting projects to YSF. We often pilot new initiatives and/or collaborate with other organizations over the summer. Here are some of our current and past program offerings. It feels like camp for us too!

Please contact YSF Education Director Pilar Alvarez at for more information about our summer programs!

Script to Stage at Determined to Succeed

June 16 through June 20 and June 30, 2014. Free. By invitation only.   

This summer, YSF will partner with Determined to Succeed, an educational non-profit organization serving motivated low income middle and high school school students.  Each day, 12 8th grade students will work, one-on-one, with a 10th grade mentor who will guide and encourage them as they imagine and develop their own short scripts.

Participating writers and mentors will be selected from the Determined to Succeed student community.  As a group, they will explore what makes a great story and learn how to write a screenplay using fun and games.  10th grade mentors will receive mentor and leadership training during a two day intensive before the summer program begins.

On June 20th, Hollywood actors from film & television will perform the scripts written by the students at the Big Show.  On June 30th selected students will teach concepts they learned during the Script to Stage Program to other Determined to Succeed students through YSF’s teaching tool.

YSF at New York Film Academy, Universal Studios

July 7 through July 11, 2014. Free. By invitation only.

“People telling me that I have talent, and helping me to progress that talent…That’s mind-blowing!”
Anthony (student, August 2011 program)

YSF has partnered with the NYFA to offer 15 full scholarships (worth $23,000) to their week-long film-making intensive for High School students.  Students are selected from the Young Storytellers alumni pool.  Participants write, film, and edit their own short film on the Universal Studios backlot. All alumni from the 1 week film-making intensive will be paired with a professional mentor from NYFA’s faculty and will return to participate in workshops administered by their professional mentors. Watch a short documentary from the 2011 camp below, or check out their finished films on our YouTube page:

2011 Films

2012 Films

2013 Films

2014 Films


Script to Stage at Culver City Free Summer Lunch Program

July 21 through August 1, 2014. La Ballona Elementary School. Free and open to all graduating and incoming 5th grade students. 

For 10 sessions, a group of ten 5th grade students will work with mentors from the entertainment industry who will guide and encourage them as they imagine and develop their own short scripts. As a group, they will explore what makes a great story and learn how to write a screenplay using fun and games. On Thursday, July 31st, Hollywood actors from film & television will perform the scripts written by the students at the Big Show!


Movie Makers Summer Bootcamp at Sony Pictures Studios

August 4th through August 8th, 2014.  Free.  By invitation only.

The Summer Movie Makers Bootcamp is a one week collaborative filmmaking program for 12 Middle School Students selected from the Young Storytellers alumni pool.

Students will write, direct, and film their own movies in pairs. Each team will be guided through the process by a high school mentor (also a member of our alumni community).  Films will be shot on ipads and created using the 3-2-1 exercise (3 pages, 2 actors, 1 location). The week-long camp will culminate in a screening for family and friends, as well as the creation of a trailer for each film that the students will pitch to industry professionals.


Past Offerings


YSF at The Moth

YSF was invited by Participant Media to help with the social action campaign planned around the summer release of the film The HelpHillsides Education Center teens attended a week of training with the storytelling organization The Moth, then performed stories on the theme of “Standing Up” live before an invited audience.

Make Your Very Own Movie Trailer! at the Iverbe Arts Camp

Lights, Camera, Action! Spend a week at Iverbe  writing, directing, and editing your very own movie trailer. During the camp you will choose what kind of movie you want to make, write a short script, shoot your footage, record your voice-over, edit the trailer, and screen it…all in one week! During the week you will be using iPad2 tablets to write, shoot, edit, and share your movies. We will be using a variety of apps to help you make your masterpiece. Learn about filming using live actors, stop-motion animation, and Tabletop Moviemaking. You will work with a high school film student from Culver City High School who will guide you through the entire process. In collaboration with Tabletop Moviemaking. Ideal for students aged 9 to 12. Check out the finished movie trailers on our YouTube page.

LA Stories at the Natural History Museum: Lights, Camera, Los Angeles!

Give your child the chance to experience Los Angeles through film! Learn about 19th and 20th century L.A. while exploring the Museum’s brand new exhibits. Using today’s latest technology, campers will spend the week writing and directing a film that they will share with the entire camp! 

Check out the student’s movies here!

Natural History Museum Camp Dino

In Paris, in the 1870’s, there is a T-Rex on the loose. He’s not looking for food. He’s looking for love.

That’s the logline created by the campers in the 2012 Dino Summer Camp. They had the unique opportunity to write and perform a play alongside Hunter the T-Rex, NHM’s popular life-size dinosaur puppet, on the Dino Stage in the North American Hall of Mammals.

Check out the movie students made in our 2011 Summer program, and Outtakes on our YouTube page.

“A Place Called Home” at Lennox Educational Neighborhood Zone (LENZ)

In partnership with the New Visions Foundation, we will be leading at-risk Middle School students in the LENZ Summer Program in a creative writing exploration on the theme of A Place Called Home. The program will use improvisational games, council led storytelling, and free writes culminating in a public performance of their work, by them, in their own voice.


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