Minnesota is a leader when it comes to youth media and youth development. Communities are focused on quality youth engagement and public support for our young people. Joanna’s experience began with runaway and homeless youth, when she served on the advisory board for the National Network for Youth. It was a toss up, filmmaking… or youth work. Joanna choose to become a professional filmmaker, yet has never lost her understanding or investment in the value of quality youth development. While she served as the coordinator for the Twin Cities Youth Media Network, a network of 17 youth media organizations within the Twin Cities, Joanna began to see a natural fit between her filmmaking skills and youth development background. Today Kohler Productions works with youth organizations and intermediaries to produce videos and brainstorm strategies that fit their individual capacities and goals. Kohler Productions is ready to jump into the existing landscape of youth development and engagement to capitalize on the power of including young people in our community development strategies.
TPT interview for “Is School Enough” teaching guide.
“… I can’t wait to work with Joanna again – she’s critical to helping us tell the story about the Library’s impact on youth and within the communities we serve.”
– Maureen Hartman, Hennepin County Library – Youth Services Manager
“Joanna was a thought partner from the very beginning in conceptualizing this project and bringing to life the stories of amazing afterschool opportunities for young people living in small and rural communities across the country…. Her energy and passion for this work was brought to every meeting we had, which contributed to such a great final product…. I would highly recommend Kohler Productions to anyone looking to use video to tell stories that move missions, data and people toward a common goal.”
– Kim Eisenreich, National League of Cities – Senior Associate of Afterschool Initiatives