Innovative opportunities to develop and strengthen leadership often emerge organically and with great enthusiasm – following engagement with the films
Public Allies Team Service Project – committed to plan and manage 3 youth screenings of the films – and instead participated in a total of 18 events. This evolved organically, when after experiencing the team events, the seriously engaged youth audiences spontaneously wanted to replicate them by holding their own screenings. PA team members enthusiastically worked to assist the youth because they too were seriously engaged.
Medical College of WI – holds a powerful training session for youth leaders to fully grasp principles of Public Health in terms of non-polarization and the multiple ways to frame and discuss critical social issues when advocating for the “prevention” of gun violence. These leaders, in turn, were excited to pass on their training to younger audiences.
Service Learning – students at Mount Mary College organize a public screening on campus of Changing the Conversation – then led the discussion with questions generated from the research they conducted in their communities.
Teens Who Care – impressive group of Milwaukee Public School middle school students screened Dear Rita for their teachers and, together, the students and teachers hosted extremely creative screening/discussion events for parents and school communities.
Future Milwaukee – civic and business leaders in training choose Guns, Grief & Grace in America as their year long project, hosting screenings, creating graphics and tools to engage dialog among the wide range of business groups they represent.
Domestic Violence Prevention – women at Sojourner Family Peace Center invited the filmmaker in for a dialog after viewing Promise of America. The film invited emotional and empowering dialog among these brave women who were inspired to find their public voice on this devastating topic.
Suicide Prevention – the Student Social Work Association at the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee organizes a Forum on teen suicide. All 3 of the films mention suicide and domestic violence, even though, as in Dear Rita, the main story may be about a homicide. “From viewing the films, we learned that as horrible as urban homicides are, suicide is even more prevalent – and college students are particularly at risk.” This propelled the group to invite in diverse experts on the topic of suicide prevention, to speak following a public screening of Dear Rita in the UWM Theater.
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