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Learning film skills keeps D.C. youth away from gangs

Ben Tracy, CBS Evening News |

“Don’t Shoot Guns, Shoot Cameras,” a program based in Washington, D.C., teaches underserved youth camera skills to keep them away from gang violence. 

Social curriculum objectives:

  • Introduce and develop Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) skills: self-awareness, self-management, responsible decision making, social awareness, and relationship skills.
  • Promote community building across DC Wards (reduce peer to peer violence, decrease student to teacher altercations).
  • Reduce the number of gun-related incidents by providing access to visual arts programs.
  • Increase students interest in community building and civic engagement.

Technical curriculum objectives:

  • Introduce various film and production careers
  • Teach fundamental filmmaking and story structure
  • Teach use of cameras, lighting, and sound
  • Introduce basic cinematography skills and editing techniques 

Learn more at the Don’t Shoot Guns, Shoot Cameras website.

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