IRVINGTON, NY — After enormous success over the summer, Irvington Theater will host its second virtual film class: Videos for Change. Over the course of four weeks, students will work both independently and virtually with a teacher to research and craft a key message and storyboard — then create, edit, and promote a one-minute film about a social justice issue that they care about.
“The program helped me explore and talk about important issues by making me think harder about the problems in the world, and how I, as a student, can help fix them,” says 13-year-old Frieda Belasco, one of this summer’s Video for Change participants. “I was really able to bring my idea to life.”
Launched by the internationally-acclaimed nonprofit High Resolves, Videos for Change gives young people the opportunity to make one-minute videos on issues that they care about. It helps them build social advocacy skills and gives them a global platform to amplify their message. High Resolves is an award-winning leader in the design and delivery of immersive citizenship education experiences.
Shana Liebman, a member of the Irvington Theater Commission, says the time is right for a class like this: “Now that school has started, it’s a great time to encourage kids to be creative and teach them how to dive into an issue they care about.”
This class is open to students in grades 6-10 and runs from October 13 to November 5, meeting on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 4pm via Zoom. The cost of the program is $100, and financial assistance is available for qualifying students. To register, visit irvingtontheater.com/education.
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