Youth Focused

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 has work for over 20 years  on youth centered media, including published articles.




Youth Today Magazine Article

Storytelling at its Best – Three Impactful Approaches for Producing High Quality Media that Captures Authentic Youth Voice



TPT interview for “Is School Enough”.

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.  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.




If you are focused on youth voice and you want to make media to move your message and story, contact me!  If I am not the right person , I’ll do my best to pass you along to someone who can help.  The Youth Today article above walks through a few options as well.    I am happy to give you ballpark budget for what you are looking to do or I can brainstorm possibilities with an existing budget. 






“… 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