Fresh Takes is always on the look out for highly motivated and skilled individuals interested in working with non-profit organizations and in the Media Arts. Volunteering is a wonderful way to get involved and achieve hands on experience.

Become a REEL EYES Youth Mentor!

We welcome Mentors with a wide variety of skills and experience, including specialized filmmaking skills such as cinematography, lighting, audio, editing, but also in youth development, media literacy, and media arts.  We ask that all Mentors commit to the full duration of the program so students and mentors alike receive the most from the relationship.  All Mentors must complete a 2 hour training and a background check before the start of the program. Mentors work on a volunteer basis and are not compensated except on a case-by-case basis to be determined with staff.

Interested in mentoring? Please call (650) 298-9172 or email Sagesse, Director of Programming & Instruction.

Volunteer in the office!

We ask that all adult interns and volunteers commit to three months of work with a minimum of ten hours a week. Interns and volunteers have access to our facility and equipment.  Positions and duties vary depending on the individuals interest and goals. Activities include:

  • Assisting staff with activities and events
  • Grant Writing
  • Marketing
  • General Office Duties
  • Co-Facilitation of Programs
  • Post Production Services
  • Solicitations for Film Festival Sponsorships

And more…

If you are interested please contact Please include in the body of the email days and times you are available and what your preferred activities of involvement are. Thank you!


RaulRaul Gonzalez, Social Media & Marketing

Raul is a recent graduate from the University of California, Santa Cruz in the Digital Media & Production department. His passion for GLBTQ, HIV/AIDS, and Chicana/o awareness has intersected with his interest in nonfiction film having produced documentary works  concerning these passions. An avid believer of conveying the stories, struggles, and messages of his communities has led him to reach out to international groups in South America to better understand the context of other cultures. Raul hopes to gain some real world experience these next couple years in the film and non profit sector, before heading back to graduate school where he seeks to pursue a master’s degree in social work. June – Present

ashleyAshley Diamond, Public Relations & Social Media / Filmfest Co-coordinator

The current Junior at Menlo College, Ashley Diamond, is pursuing a degree in Business Management with a concentration in Marketing. She grew up in Saratoga, CA where she thrived in the Media Arts Program at Saratoga High School. This experience strengthened her passion in media arts through creating numerous digitally enhanced photographs, animations, commercials, news casts, public service announcements and short films. She furthered her interest at Stanford University summer camps that taught Advanced Filmmaking and Action Sports Filmmaking. This background combined with writing articles, taking photographs and selling advertisements for two different magazines is what brought Ashley into this Fresh Takes internship. She hopes to further her marketing experience while extensively promoting the first annual Fresh Takes FilmFest. June – August


NicoleNicole Falsetti, Film Festival Coordinator

Nicole attends Los Altos High School and Freestyle Academy as an incoming Senior.  She is a passionate filmmaker that has written, directed, and produced four of her own films.  Through her passion for youth empowerment in the arts, she actively blogs on the National Youth Filmfest process for youth to use as a resource.   Nicoles’s interest in visual arts first began when she was an intern for a professional photographer.  She than became a film student at Freestyle Academy, where she still studies.  June -Present


KunalDesaiKunal Desai, Social Media & Marketing

Kunal is a rising junior at Dougherty Valley High School who plans to combine his interest in the Digital Arts with his passion for business.  His participation in his schools digital photography class nurtured his fascination with the visual arts, and he hoped to continue it by joining Fresh Takes.  Kunal enjoys volunteering, playing golf, and taking pictures in his free time.  He loves interning at Fresh Takes because of the significance of its core values, the environment brought about by the staff, and the ambitious students that come through the door everyday to learn.  At the end of his internship, Kunal hope to have a resounding impact on this organization for years to come.  June – Present

Samantha Tongo, Public Relations & Social Media

Sam is a senior at Menlo College majoring in Marketing and is from The Philippines. Her passions for film, art and marketing attracted her to the Fresh Takes’ Social Media/Public Relations Internship. From a young age Sam showed avid interest in digital media and art by editing videos, taking photography trips and watching classical movies. As an amateur artist, she has always had a fascination with the way even the smallest details can enhance an artwork’s impact. She believes that even seemingly little aspects, such as timing, size, graphics and choice of words, can greatly influence a person’s response to a message. She loves working at Fresh Takes because of its open, positive and enriching environment.  She is excited to learn more about digital arts and media. Spring 2013

Austin Valencia, Youth Mentor & Audio Engineer

Austin is a student in the digital media department at CSMU.  He is currently working on his AA in Video & Audio Production.  His interests include photography, videography, film, and music production.  He has worked with at-risk youth as a mentor and continues to have a positive impact within the community. Feb – Present

Lauren Hopkins, Marketing & Publications

Originally from Monterey, California, Lauren came up to the Bay Area to pursue a bachelor’s degree in the graphic arts from Cal State East Bay. She is  now obtaining her degree in hopes to find her dream job as a designer and live in the city of San Francisco. Her interests in design and art comes from earlier years of youth and is passionate about illustration, filmmaking, drawing, photography, music, and more. Lauren is computer oriented in programs such as Illustrator, Photoshop, Dreamweaver, and Indesign. By using these programs, she is able to create and manage various projects. She performs well with others in generating good ideas for design and media and is detail oriented. By working at Fresh Takes, she is able to use her experience and skills to help benefit the business in meetings its goals. Spring 2013