Tri-Cities High School Students Gain Workforce Readiness Skills in Digital Storytelling

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re:imagine/ATL programming launched this month at Tri-Cities High School, bringing Atlanta’s media professionals together with students eager to enter into careers in film and digital medial. The in-school program equips high school students with technical skills as they produce an original video for a community-based client about a relevant social issue affecting students in Atlanta.

Students will learn how to use film to address education disparities, college readiness, and racial inequality and create a resource for teens across Atlanta. Local non-profit Next Generation Men & Women is the community-based client for the Tri-Cities program and will use the videos with their teen participants. Tri-Cities is the first Fulton County School to participate with re:imagine/ATL.

Allen Norwood, Tri-Cities’ Broadcast Media teacher is collaborating with re:imagine/ATL’s team of instructors to bring the program to his students, “Re:imagine Atlanta is doing all the right things for our youth. Having an opportunity to collaborate with the organization has really been a production treat for my students. I hope to build a strong partnership with re:imagine Atlanta because together, ‘We are on the move with an educational production groove.’” He brought the program to the school because he knew it would provide his students access to new technologies and opportunities outside of the classroom.

re:imagine/ATL will help Fulton students prepare for a career in the local film industry and positively impact their community.

re:imagine/ATL’s focus is to train future storytellers, equipping students for ‘above the line’ positions as producers, directors, screenwriters, composers and performers. According to the MPAA there are 28,656 jobs directly related to the film industry in Georgia. As a part of the program, special guests from local film studios, including EUE/Screen Gems, and Tri-Cities alumni currently working in the industry will expose students to different career paths, and share their expertise in storytelling techniques and quality video production.

The re:imagine/COMMUNITY program has been implemented in six Atlanta Public and Dekalb County Schools since 2015. The program recently received the Corporate Volunteerism Council 2017 IMPACT Award for engaging skills-based volunteers from 11Alive and FOCUS Brands at Grady High School. The re:imagine/ATL team is looking forward to expanding the program and partnering with Tri-Cities High School and alumni this year.

Please contact Program Director, Julie Foster-Straw, [email protected], for more information. We are still looking for additional Tri-Cities alumni to get involved.

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