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Reel Works Teen FilmmakingReel Works Teen Filmmaking
Reel Works provides a free filmmaking workshops for NYC teens. Using a unique one-on-one mentoring model, we challenge at-risk youth to tell their stories and have their voices heard. In turn, they build vital skills of literacy, leadership and self-... Read more
Reel Works provides a free filmmaking workshops for NYC teens. Using a unique one-on-one mentoring model, we challenge at-risk youth to tell their stories and have their voices heard. In turn, they build vital skills of literacy, leadership and self-confidence to create productive futures.
Who We Serve
Reel Works serves teens 14-19 from across New York City.
64% Are minorities
53% Come from low-income homes
46% Live in singe-parent households
33% Are at-risk of dropping out or other negative behaviors.
All have a story to tell. Stories of identity, loss, racism, homelessness or the struggle to stay in school and off drugs. We give them a mentor, a camera and a chance to be heard.
Over seven million viewers have seen our student films across all media since our founding in 2001.
Why Reel Works?
Half of all NYC teens are at risk of dropping out. At Reel Works, 99% of our teens graduate high school 95% go on to college.
95% of NYC public schools have no media arts program. Reel Works partners with over 20 high schools to provide free, after school and in-school workshops for over 200 teens annually.
90% of teens have never had a mentor. All Reel Works teens are matched 1:1 with a professional filmmaker-mentor.
I would recommend this organization to others because i know many people who are struggling and can relate to what is being promoted here at this organization. I should be recommended for this organization because i want to make a difference and be heard. I feel that if more and more teens come out and show others what really matters in life and show a sense of leadership then other teens would be able to relate and also want to be more open and become leaders as well. I just want to make a change in young teens life and help them to understand who they are and where they want to go. I want to help them realize that they shouldn't let what they don't have get them from getting what they want. Thank you for your time.