CMAC Youth Voices

Year One of CMAC’s Youth Voices program was made possible through a partnership with The California Endowment and the Youth Leadership Institute.

Our inaugural Youth Voices cohort met over summer of 2019 and produced three documentary films that were screened to the public on Sunday, March 1, 2020, at Maya Cinemas in Fresno.

The goal of the Youth Voices program is to increase the health outcomes of youth through video arts. Research shows that sharing stories not only connects people, but is also good for an individual’s mental health.

The program youth and adult allies received extensive training in story development and video production covering topics such as media literacy, script writing, camera training, audio, editing and post-production.

Watch the three documentaries produced by the cohort below.

Tolteca: A Story of Success

A documentary about Aaron Ordaz, an immigrant and owner of Candies Tolteca. Produced by Ruben Diaz, Gabby Rivas, Mark Pizana.


Fresno: A Home For All

A documentary about resources for local homeless. Produced by Raymart Catacutan and Melissa Andrade.


Intergenerational Politics in Fresno

A documentary about politics in Fresno from different points of view. Produced by Gabby Rivas and Johnsen Del Rosario.


Behind the Scenes

Watch our short behind the scenes look at the cohort’s work.

For more information about this program, please contact CMAC’s Training Coordinator Kyle Lowe at

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