BIG Media Consent and Release Form for Youth Participation
This consent and release form is required for young people to participate in BIG's youth programs, who are minors and in the legal care of a parent or guardian.

Youth are welcome to join our free out-of-school programs. Our process is youth-driven, with mentoring and support from BIG staff. The youth choose the topics, develop the scripts, conduct interviews, shoot and edit videos, and direct and crew productions in order to tell stories and showcase youth. Our interactive curricula includes foundations in storytelling, technical skills for media production and “soft” skills such as communication, listening, organization, public speaking, presentation of ideas, and professional demeanor. While youth take part in this program based on their passion for media creation, the benefits extend beyond the technical and include important skills and experiences that will be essential in their transition to the world of work.

We have three different programs for youth participation. Youth are welcome to join one or any combination of them.

Intergenerational Digital Storytelling:
Intergenerational Digital Storytelling (IDS) project furthers the education and media skill-building of teens but also builds on the work BIG has been doing during the pandemic to bring programs to isolated seniors in our community. In this out-of-school program, youth participate develop and record oral histories of local seniors and shape them into digital stories. Producing these videos from start to finish, each youth has to develop their communication skills by talking with seniors to explain the project and to conduct a recorded interview with the senior. Both remote and in-person options are available as each person feels comfortable. At the end of the project all youth and senior participants participate in a live Zoom screening of their completed work with a Q&A, in front of their families, and organizational staff.

Brain Wave:
Another component to our Arts2Work 2.0 Virtual Youth Media Program is to use media to help foster youth artists and youth creativity. We are training middle school and high school students the media skills needed to showcase BHS and other Brookline youth musicians and artists in running sound and video for Open Mics and live music concerts over Zoom, along with pre-recorded videos on BIG’s Channels and streams. This virtual training includes project management and planning, camera operation and techniques, directing and talent management, post-production, and social media and promotion –and most importantly, teamwork and communication. All skills that are essential for working in the creative industries.

Leveling Up – Job Training Apprentice Program:
The most engaged youth will have opportunities for more in depth para-professional development and workplace experiences. These paid-work experiences will hone their skills, solidify their confidence, and grow their resume. We hire youth to be mentored by professional staff at BIG and pay an hourly wage for 40-50 hours over the summer to create additional video content. Giving youth real-world experience, we base the selection on a traditional job-search process, including application and interview, to take part in a semester-long apprentice program. Through this paid apprenticeship experience they will gain valuable job readiness skills: communication, time-management, attention to detail, and follow-through.

Skill-development includes pre-production and planning, cameras, lighting, sound, filming techniques, post-production techniques, graphic design, and the art of story-telling. As participants gain more experience and confidence with their skills, they will be called upon to mentor the newcomers and less-experienced youth.

If you would like to make a donation to BIG - You can do so here in the name of BIG OpenDoor Media:

How much: Free
Who: Open to all youth ages 10-18 years of age
Where: 46 Tappan Street, 3rd Floor

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Email *
Image/Sound/Media Release *
I grant to Brookline Interactive Group (BIG) the right to create, use, reproduce, assign and/or distribute photographs, films, video, digital images and sound recordings of this participant or materials they create at any time without prior notification for any purpose. All participants are granted unrestricted use of the recordings for any purpose, provided they fall within the creative commons license under which the recordings are released.
Transportation *
I understand that OMF does not provide transportation to the participants of the group. At times, the youth may elect to separate into smaller production groups and go out into the community to film interviews or community events. BIG does not provide transportation, nor do we coordinate such transportation, so if you do not wish for your child to provide or receive transportation from other participants, we encourage you to have that conversation with your child. BIG assumes no liability for the transportation of youth group participants.
Participation- Liability and Release *
As the parent/guardian of the minor child named below, I give permission for him/her to participate in BIG OpenDoor Media (BOM). BIG is not responsible for the personal property of your child during the program. Please encourage your child to keep track of their belongings at all times. Additionally, by signing I release the BIG from any liability or responsibility for any injuries or damages he/she may cause or suffer as a result of participation.  Participants in BOM are responsible for any damages or loss of equipment in their care. If you do not accept this responsibility, your child will not have to access to video production equipment at BIG.
Medical Considerations
Please list any conditions or allergies that we should be aware of.
Youth's Name *
Youth's Age *
Print Name (Parent/Gaurdian) *
Relationship to Youth *
Street Address *
City *
State *
Postal Code *
Primary Phone of Parent/Guardian *
Primary Email of Parent/Guardian *
Phone Number of Youth (if applicable)
Which program(s) is your youth interested in? *
What is your youth's racial or ethnic identity (check all that apply) *
What is the primary language of your youth? *
How would you describe your youth's gender?   *
Is your youth living with a mental or physical disability? *
Please use "other to describe disability"
Which of the following categories best represents your household income level? *
Indicate your Education level *
What is the primary way your family accesses the internet? *
How did you hear about us? *
What skill level is your child in each category? *
Please rate their comfort level 1-10.
Teamwork/Social Skills
Interpersonal Communication
Public Speaking
Parent/Gaurdian (signature) *
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