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At Better Youth, we provide more than an apprenticeship; we provide a launching pad to your creative journey.

Our state and federally-registered apprenticeship program, since October 2022, has been designed in collaboration with industry experts, employers, and community partners. Our unique program is tailored for system-impacted youth aged 18+, creating a pathway to success for those with lived experience in the child welfare system. A youth apprenticeship combines on-the-job training with job-related academic instruction in a curriculum aligned with a specific career pathway.

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Benefits of Joining

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months of on the

job training with

an employer


months-long mentorship


related supplemental instruction

Certificate of Completion

Often viewed as an alternative to a college degree

Your Questions, Answered

  • What exactly will I learn in the AIM-N-Inspire program?
    In the AIM-N-Inspire program, you will receive comprehensive training in animation, interactive gaming, media production (including film and TV shows), and new media with virtual and mixed realities. This includes hands-on experience with state-of- the-art equipment, professional development workshops, and mentorship from industry experts. You will need to select ONE track to apply for.
  • Who is eligible to apply for the AIM-N-Inspire program?
    The program is designed for foster and system-impacted youth ages 16-24 in LA County. This includes current and former foster youth, homeless individuals, and those who have been involved with the justice system.
  • What does the scholarship cover, and are there any costs to me?
    The scholarship, valued at $3500, covers all enrollment and program activity costs, including access to all necessary equipment for projects and events. There are no costs to participants, making this program entirely free for accepted individuals.
  • What is the commitment required for the AIM-N-Inspire program?
    Participants are expected to attend at least 90% of all scheduled activities and events, which span from April to December, divided into three phases: Professional Development Bootcamp, Media Arts Summer Training, and Post-Production and Exhibition.
  • How will this program prepare me for a career in the creative economy?
    The AIM-N-Inspire program offers state-of-the-art training, networking opportunities with industry professionals, and development of marketable skills. This preparation aims to enable participants to pursue careers in animation, gaming, media production, and new media industries.
  • What opportunities are there for showcasing my work?
    Successful participants will have their work showcased at intermittent showcases, the culmination community event, and the annual Real To Reel Global Film Festival and other digital distribution platforms, providing exposure and opportunities to connect with industry professionals and audiences.
  • How do I apply, and what is the selection process?
    Interested individuals can apply through the Better Youth website by submitting an interest form and application kit. The selection process involves a review of applications to assess eligibility and fit for the program, potentially followed by interviews for final selection.
  • Can I participate in the program if I have no prior experience in animation, gaming, or media production?
    Yes, the program is designed to accommodate participants at various skill levels, including beginners. The focus is on cultivating talent, creativity, and a passion for storytelling through media.

All the details you need for enrolling in our apprenticeship.

Our Partners

bric foundation
State of California Department of Industrial Relations
Entertainment Equity Alliance
Southbay Workforce Investment Board
career wise
apprenticeship USA

Better Youth 
Registered Apprenticeship (RAP) Committee

Tiffany Miller

West LA College

Robin Mayemura


Syd Stewart

BY-RAP Sponsor

Shawn Jackson

BY-RAP Sponsor

Doug Kawa


Naomi Manning

Warner Media

Jenny Serrano


Ivanna Jackson

BY-RAP Sponsor

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