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KVCR Press Release

High School Students Produce Short Documentaries for KVCR-TV

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San Bernardino – KVCR Public Media works to engage with and support our local community’s endeavors. KVCR-TV the local PBS station serving the Inland Empire is spearheading a youth media project, “Teen Weeks of Film” providing an opportunity for high school students from our region to share their voices on a variety of topics. 

Ten high school students selected from Summit, Upland, Chaffey and San Bernardino Middle College have worked under the guidance of KVCR staff member Briana Navarro. Students were given the direction to produce a short documentary on various topics and lend their voice to create awareness on social issues that affect our youth today. Topics include mental health, exploring Mariachi, the influence coaches have on students, conflicts in the middle east, the influence social media has and life of photographers. 

“This has been such a rewarding project. Being able to share with the students the experiences and challenges I faced while attending the IMA film program at San Bernardino Valley College and now passing on what I learned had been great. And seeing the positive impact it’s had on the students has been a wonderful experience for me” said Navarro. 

Navarro meets with the students weekly and shares some of the fundamentals needed to produce a story, including storyboarding, understanding what story they want to tell, how to present and shape it, and learning camera functions, lighting and editing skills. 

Leonard Sanchez, English teacher at Chaffey High School and the MEChA Club advisor, shared the opportunity this project has presented to his students. “Every Wednesday I drive the students to the program and its great to hear them talk about their project and listen to them collaborate. And even though school is out their enthusiasm has not waned. It’s a testament to their dedication.” 

“It’s always great when we have the chance to work with our youth and have them learn about our industry and get them excited to share their thoughts and develop a voice for issues that are important to them,” said KVCR Executive Director, Connie Leyva. 

At the end of the 10-week program, and the completion of the student’s video project each student will receive a $1,000 stipend. The short documentaries vary from 5 to 10 minutes in length and will be showcased at screening held in the KVCR-TV studio on Thursday, June 27 at 5:30pm. KVCR is located on the campus of San Bernardino Valley College. Parents, teacher, staff and the public are invited to attend. Refreshments will be provided. RSVP at

All short documentaries will air on KVCR-TV in the coming months. “Teen Weeks of Film” is a grant funded project provided by the California Endowment. 



On-air, online, and in the community, KVCR serves the greater Inland region of Southern California, including the Coachella Valley, High Desert, and Mountain communities. KVCR is the Inland Empire’s only PBS and NPR dual licensee and is a public service of the San Bernardino Community College District. 

KVCR was the first community college-owned radio station, beginning in 1953. In 1962, KVCR was Southern California’s first public educational television station. KVCR is the headquarters of First Nations Experience (“FNX”), the only Native American and World Indigenous TV channel available nationally through 30 broadcast affiliates in 28 states, reaching over 80 million households. 

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