June Nonprofit of the Month: Camp Reel Stories

Did you know that only thirteen percent of writers and seven percent of directors in the media are female? Local nonprofit Camp Reel Stories hopes to change that by offering women and girls the opportunity to tell their own stories through media and film. For this reason, Oaklandish is excited to announce that Camp Reel Stories is our June Nonprofit of the Month!

Camp Reel Stories is an Oakland-based nonprofit organization that invests in representation in media. They believe that when women and girls are better represented behind the scenes, their experiences and voices will be better reflected on screen. Founded in 2012, Camp Reel Stories teaches storytelling and production skills to young women and girls, ages 13-18, through workshops and camps so they can create their own films. Workshops and camps are led by current female leaders in the industry, making for an incredible opportunity for campers to learn from some of the best in today’s media landscape. Campers are trained in each stage of the filmmaking process, culminating in a film festival at week’s end to present each group of girls’ film to their friends and family.

Camp Reel Stories is a nonprofit, offering scholarships to young women and girls to attend their camps and workshops and providing them with the supplies and equipment they need for filmmaking. Donations also help bring women leaders in media to camps and workshops. At Oaklandish we want to help Camp Reel Stories empower young girls to tell their stories through film and reduce the gender gap in media. We’re hosting an in-store event at our Dimond District Oakland store (3419 Fruitvale) on June 11th. Stop by from 12 to 4 pm to learn more about Camp Reel Stories’s mission and their camps.

Ten percent of the day’s proceeds will be donated directly to Camp Reel Stories to help them continue to support women and girls as they use filmmaking to tell their incredible stories.

Visit the Camp Reel Stories YouTube channel to check out some of the films girls have created at camp. You can also find them on Facebook, Instragram at @CampReelStories, and Twitter.