New Cycle. New Curriculum.New Contest

Cecilia Mejia By Cecilia Mejia, August 16, 2017

              Introducing What’s the REAL DEAL about

                                       Truth & Power?

Dear Educators,

We are excited to announce the Scenarios 2017-18 Curriculum & Contest Season titled, What’s the REAL DEAL about Truth & Power?  Now, more than ever, is a time for young people to share their stories locally and with the world. Philosopher and civil rights leader, Mahatma Gandhi once said, “Be the change that you wish to see in the world.” Our tomorrow is in the hands of our youth. The lessons in the Truth & Power curriculum, are designed to educate and ignite the power within our young people, to challenge societal norms affecting their lives. Some of the themes explored in the new curriculum are mental illness, physical illness, empathy, sympathy, power, privilege, power with & power over, young change makers, feminism, masculinity, violence, relationships and much more.

Are you a classroom teacher, after-school teacher, community mentor or youth empowerment educator? Or do you know someone that is? If you said yes to any please see below:

Register for a workshop by clicking here or copy this link into browser:

Invite another educator to attend with you.

Receive the movies, curriculum and contest kit you need to give the young people you know an opportunity to share their perspective with the world…

What’s the REAL DEAL about Truth & Power?

Students are encouraged to submit their short stories by the December 8th, 2017 Contest Deadline. Stories will be judged by a national selection committee of over 900 volunteers and all students will receive feedback on their stories. There will be one winning story selected from Cleveland, Ohio and New York City and made into a movie by a Hollywood Director. Past directors include, Malcolm D. Lee (Girls Trip), Gina Prince-Bythewood (Love & Basketball) and Doug Liman (the Bourne Identity). To date, Scenarios USA movies have been seen worldwide at film festivals, locally, broadcast on cable TV (Showtime), and streamed online (Amazon, IndieFlix); and have gone on to win a number of awards. Students are not required to be writers.  Beyond the competition, there will be more opportunities for students to share their stories.

All workshop attendees will also receive application information for students to apply to the NYC & Cleveland youth advocacy and media program.

Spaces are limited for this free workshop. Educators only have to attend one workshop to receive materials for story submissions.

REAL DEAL Curriculum Lessons:

• Common Core-aligned

• Social Emotional Learning (SEL) competencies

• Creative, interactive, inquiry-based and democratic

By the end of this workshop, you will be able to:

• Feel confident facilitating social justice activities and discussions with your students

• Feel confident you can teach the REAL DEAL curriculum to your students

• Know how to create a safe space for your students

• Have new community resources to share with your students and schools

For more information please contact :

Stephanie Wahome-Lassiter
Director of Education and Regional Programs
t.216.443.2030 c.206-510-7325

Who will write the next REAL DEAL films?


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