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Our Vision

BAYCAT believes that every person’s story matters. We envision a world where media and technology facilitate the telling of stories from the broadest possible range of experiences, driving people to create inclusive, equitable communities.

Our Mission

BAYCAT addresses racial, gender and economic inequity by creating powerful, authentic media while diversifying the creative industry. Through the education and employment of low-income youth, young people of color, and young women in the Bay Area, and producing media for socially-minded clients, we are changing the stories that get shared with the world.

BAYCAT's Vision & Mission

 BAYCAT by the Numbers

BAYCAT by the numbers

In the past 15 years, we've educated over 4,250 youth and launched more than 225 careers in filmmaking and storytelling.

78% of our graduates are people of color, and 58% are women.

82% of our graduates have been hired by major media, entertainment, tech, advertising, and PR companies.

 Meet Our Team

Forward-thinking. Dedicated. Relentless.

BAYCAT's success is a direct result of our passionate staff and board,

made up of industry professionals with diverse backgrounds and perspectives.

Our Team
Our Board
Eric Pearson BAYCAT

Eric Pearson



Pixar Animation Studios

I would have dreamed to have a BAYCAT when I was a kid, and now, I love making it happen for other youth and connecting them with the industry.

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Marianne Wilman BAYCAT

Marianne Wilman


Vice Chair

Business Presence, LLC

BAYCAT means building skills, generating confidence, creating opportunities. BAYCAT changes lives in front of your eyes.

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Craig Peters

Craig Peters



Awasu Design

The most important reason I love BAYCAT is that the program builds genuine skills. Creativity, opportunity, and sustainability are not just buzz words.

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Charles Patton BAYCAT

Charles Patton




BAYCAT positively impacts the SF community due to strong leadership, a unique business model and the relationships it's built over these years.

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Cynthia Lee
Board Member

The way we can teach people is through visualization and the sharing of stories with common threads.  Without storytelling experiences, people do not realize they are projecting racism because it has become common behavior in society.  There are countless stories that need to be heard and BAYCAT is the platform to help achieve this.

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Amanda Chin-De Jesus


Board Member

Golden State Warriors

I’m really proud of the work the Warriors have been able to do with BAYCAT and personally I am really passionate about good storytelling and providing opportunities for youth.

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Chhayal Mehta


Board Member


It's my privilege to serve the BAYCAT board and empower our underserved communities, through education and job opportunities, to be the next generation of storytellers. 

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Jason Lee


Board Member

JPMorgan Chase & Co.

I joined BAYCAT because I believe they provide a platform for the expression of ideas and sharing of individual human experiences is invaluable. 

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Jason Robinson


Board Member


As a member of the board, I especially appreciate the unique channel for making a systemic impact on my immediate community

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Hanna Bankier


Board Member

Working Solutions Group

The way BAYCAT teaches not just the hard technical skills, but puts just as much emphasis on the much needed soft skills speaks to me. As a storyteller and as a consumer of stories, I fully understand the value and importance of diversifying the storytellers.

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Meet Our Board