The Lightning Thief

FREE Online Summer Book and Movie Club

Join Our Online Club:

• Reading The Lightning Thief

• Online Message Board Discussions

• Streaming the Movie

• Live Panel Discussions with Lightning Thief Experts

• Create a Radio Play of one of the Book Scenes


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Youth Media and Technology

True Kids 1 (TK1) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit youth media-and-technology education nonprofit based in Taos, NM. Our mission is to inspire K-12 students to create, communicate, and collaborate in the digital age. Through our hands-on media-production to media-literacy model, we provide technical gear and expertise to students and classrooms across Northern NM, helping students tell their stories, and develop essential critical thinking and media skills. For the 2023-24 school year, we’ll offer extensive technology and STEM instruction both in-school and after-school.

NEW: We’re expanding into a brand-new teen facility just down the road from Taos HS! Join us.

TK1 offers two main opportunities for area youth:

Below: watch the first entry in our new video series, The Stories of our Elders.

The Professional Pathways Archive

The Professional Pathways Archive is a video repository of the amazing careers in Northern NM. Designed for a teenage audience, these videos feature local graduates now working in the skilled trades, in fighting wildland fires — and soon in many other domains as well. At right is the launch of our brand-new Careers in Wildland Fire Management video, shot during the Hermit’s Peak – Calf Canyon fire.

The TK1 Youth Council


TAOS, NM — The TK1 Democracy Project has recently spun in a new direction with the birth of the Youth Council. This small group of high school students will work to amplify the power of youth in decision-making through deliberation, informed action, and digital media. From providing feedback to the town, county, and other agencies to leading youth-oriented activities and advocacy, the Youth Council is a major addition to the local landscape. It will also convene a huge Future Dialogue in November 2022 entitled, The Future of Water in Taos County: Big Challenges and Bigger Ideas.


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Queerious is an innovative TK1 after-school program for young learners to explore their creativity, express themselves, and delve into the world of media production. Designed for but not exclusive to the LGBTQIA+ community, Queerious provides a safe and supportive environment where students can come together to create talk shows, podcasts, broadcasting news, documentaries, and more while celebrating their (often emerging) identities and experiences. Leading Queerious is TK1’s own Dani Cervantes.

In Queerious, students use the power of storytelling and media production to amplify their voice. Through hands-on workshops and collaborative projects, participants learn valuable skills in camera operation, audio recording, video editing, scriptwriting, and hosting, all while exploring topics that are relevant to their lives, emerging identities, and communities. Activities:

1. Talk Shows and Broadcast News. Students host these, using the platform to discuss anything they like – including LGBTQIA+ issues, personal stories, interviewing guest speakers, and engaging in meaningful conversations about identity, diversity, and inclusion.

LINK: Talk Show with Madolin and Jesus

LINK: Talk Show with Madolin and Lee

2.Podcasts. Participants produce their own podcasts, exploring topics ranging from LGBTQIA+ history and activism to pop culture and current events. Students have the freedom to explore their interests and passions in the world of audio storytelling.

LINK: Podcast on Appearance

3.Documentaries. Through the art of documentary filmmaking, students shine a spotlight on important issues facing them, exploring topics that are often overlooked or misunderstood. From personal narratives to community profiles, students research, interview subjects, film, and edit their own docs.

4.Camera Workshops. Here, students learn the fundamentals of camera operation, composition, lighting, and cinematography. Whether they’re shooting interviews for a documentary or capturing footage for a talk show, students gain practical skills and technical expertise that allow them to bring their creative visions to life on screen.

Throughout the program, Queerious fosters a supportive and inclusive community where students feel empowered to express themselves authentically and explore their identities in a positive and affirming environment. By providing a platform for, among others, LGBTQIA+ voices to be heard and celebrated, Queerious helps students develop confidence, leadership skills, and a sense of belonging as they navigate their journey as young creatives.


With Generous Support from: Awesome without Borders and the Envision Fund at the Santa Fe Community Foundation.