Youth & Student Groups

Young people of all ages are attracted to working with these films –  their enthusiasm and ideas are amazing

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 Student Groups Physicians for Social Responsibility and the Emergency Medicine Interest Group – host Partners in Prevention to initiate the Gun Violence Awareness Fund of the Greater Milwaukee Foundation. An energetic, multi-disciplinary group representing health care, education, law enforcement and the arts gathered to screen clips and discuss ways to generate positive change in our communities. Partners from this endeavor expressed interest in traveling with us to diverse areas of Wisconsin, to expand the frame on gun violence from a purely 2nd Amendment issue to one of Public Health, affecting all communities in the state.

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 viewin g 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.

Teens Who Care – an 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.

United Nations Ribbon International Project – youth and adults gather to create banners with Stand Together Milwaukee members and community artist volunteers, decorating banners with inspirational images of “what they most want to protect in the world.” All of the banners are tied together with colorful ribbons, creating a 40-yard long community banner representing Milwaukee standing together in peace and unity, to be carried in the Peace Walk and future events.The group  becomes an immediate member of The Ribbon International Project – joining participants from across the globe – all working to promote peace.

Women in Communication Student Chapter – over a decade host campus screenings of all 3 films  – culminating in hosting the State Adult Chapter for Changing the Conversation at the grand opening of Alverno College’s Research Center for Women and Girls.

Safe & Sound – a Milwaukee based youth group participates in interviewing audience members after the world premiere of Changing the Conversation. After the first (sold out) screening in the Milwaukee International Film Festival, the teens requested support from their group to allow them to repeat their stellar performance at the second festival screening in a more remote suburban area – for a repeat performance of their personal engagement strategies to solicit meaningful responses. This was a highly successful interaction, appealing to all involved.

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.