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At Stories In My Backyard (SIMBY), we are dedicated to providing students in predominantly Black Philadelphia middle and high schools access to culturally relevant media arts education led by Black instructors. Our mission is to empower the next generation to tell their own stories through media arts and help close the opportunity gap. Join us in creating a more equitable future.


At SIMBY, we offer a range of media arts programs and projects designed to promote creativity, critical thinking, and storytelling. Our instructors come from diverse backgrounds and are passionate about empowering students to share their unique perspectives. From digital storytelling to podcasting, we offer workshops that help students develop media literacy and technical skills. Together, we can inspire the next generation of storytellers.

Media Arts Workshops

Our media arts workshops provide students with hands-on experience in a variety of multimedia tools and techniques. Through our workshops, students learn how to express themselves through different mediums such as film, photography, and graphic design. Our instructors are industry professionals who are committed to helping students develop their skills and find their voice.

Community Engagement

At SIMBY, we believe in the power of community. Our community engagement programs bring together students, educators, and industry professionals to create meaningful connections and foster a sense of belonging. From film screenings to networking events, we provide opportunities for students to interact with professionals in the media arts industry and build relationships that last a lifetime.

Digital Media Literacy

In today's digital age, media literacy is more important than ever. Our digital media literacy program teaches students how to critically evaluate media and use technology responsibly. Through our program, students learn how to identify fake news, protect their online privacy, and use social media in a positive way.

Mentorship Program

Our mentorship program pairs students with industry professionals who provide guidance and support as they explore their interests in media arts. Our mentors are experienced professionals who are passionate about helping the next generation succeed. Through our mentorship program, students gain valuable insights into the industry and develop the skills they need to succeed.

College Prep

Our college prep program helps students navigate the college application process and prepare for a career in media arts. Through our program, students receive guidance on selecting the right college, writing a strong application essay, and preparing for interviews. Our goal is to ensure that every student has the support they need to succeed.

Cultural Competency

At SIMBY, we believe that cultural competency is essential for success in the media arts industry. Our cultural competency program helps students develop an understanding of different cultures and perspectives. Through our program, students learn how to create media that is respectful and inclusive of all people.



Empowering the Next Generation of Storytellers

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