The Parks, Recreation, and Community Services Agency is proud to present the Seeds to Trees Community Spotlight Website! The “Seeds to Trees Digital Media Technology Academy” program developed by the Santa Ana Public Library in partnership with the Rancho Santiago Community College District’s (RSCCD) Corporate Training Institute (CTI) and Digital Media Center (DMC) will provide training and work experience in various fields of digital media technology for 20 youth ages 16-21. The goal of the Seeds to Trees Community Spotlight is to create creative digital content while fostering leadership, teamwork, and self-expression through civic engagement. This site provides a canvas for the interns to collaborate and produce digital projects over the course of 9 months. These interns are posting mini-documentary video pieces that chronicle their exploration of issues that impact their community, such as green living, health, fitness, science, and the arts; they are also contributing weekly blog entries about their internship experiences.

Designed to engage young people in digital media production, this one year grant-funded program integrates classroom training with hands on work experience. All interns are receiving state of the art training in video production, graphic and web design, digital music production, screen writing, and marketing. In addition to the formal coursework, staff from the Library’s Technology and Support Services will also mentor and supervise the interns to produce content for The City of Santa Ana’s CTV-3 channel and for websites of City agencies and affiliates. Successful completion of the program will earn each participant a Certificate in Digital Video Production. The professional experience will prepare these young people for the educational and career opportunities in the high-growth field of digital media.