Quotes & Testimonials


From our Students:

“After this, who knows? Maybe I’ll publish a book, maybe I’ll write another screenplay, maybe I’ll act in my first motion picture. Or maybe I’ll just become an English teacher at my alma mater and try to tell the next generation that the future is in their hands. Personally, I prefer not knowing. It makes things more fun that way”.

Janet Aponte in 2004 on what she would do after college

“I want our community to see that some of us are putting our stuff out there and getting the word out.  There’s an image that young Latina girls are uneducated, but look, we’re making films, writing, acting and going to an awards ceremony in New York”.

Nicole Zepeda, High School Sophomore, Writer of “Nightmare on AIDS Street”

“I wrote this story because I thought it would be fun to get together and write something real, something cool. I wasn’t expecting to win.  Once we made the film it showed me that I had something to say, that I can make a difference”.

 Dan Barnard, Teen Peer Educator, Co-Writer of “Lipstick”

“It made me want to achieve more.  It’s like, okay, I did this, maybe I can do this.  I never really was a person to set goals, but now I am”.

Megan Martinez, High School Senior, Actress in “A Memoir to My Former Self  

“The story I tell lets teenagers see that their issues are real.  Other people got through similar situations and you can overcome them…Everything that I felt, everything that I wanted to say, came out in the script.  I am so proud of all of it”.

 Chantel Woolridge, High School Sophomore, Writer of “All Falls Down”

“While constructing my script I’ve learned a lot. I’ve figured out that masculinity is just a sum of stereotypes that describe what people think the typical man is like. And those stereotypes differ based on society.”

Allen Cornelius, Bronx, NY

“The words, ‘doesn’t live up to his potential’ should have been on my birth certificate, since that’s what I’ve heard my whole life.  Scenarios gave me the chance to show what I can do.”

Scenarios USA REAL DEAL winner, New York City

“I wrote this story because I thought it would be fun to get together and write something real, something cool. I wasn’t expecting to win.  Once we made the film it showed me that I had something to say, that I can make a difference.”

Scenarios USA REAL DEAL national contest winner

“This is like watching my dream come true, like watching a script that I would write being made into a movie.  There’s a lot of work but it’s something I’ve come to terms with and I really would like to do this for the rest of my life.”

Scenarios USA REAL DEAL winner, Miami


From Educators:

“I really liked the Scenarios USA lessons. As a result of teaching them, I will try to connect current issues with literature we read.”

Cleveland teacher

“While teaching the curriculum quiet students were passionate about expressing their views.”

Cleveland teacher

“I learned that as an educator I must be able to incorporate media and discussion frequently to get students engaged.”

Cleveland teacher

“ScenariosUSA challenged our students to think about HIV/AIDS differently than they had.  They were not passive recipients of information, but active in their own education.  We saw students who rarely come to class, come regularly.  We saw students who didn’t speak up in class, share their views and opinions”.

Rebecca Fabiano, HIV/AIDS Educator

“I just can’t say enough about what winning the [Scenarios] contest has done for all of us.  It has given a great boost to our school pride; it has made the winners walk taller and smile broader – what a self esteem and confidence builder!; it has added a dimension of excitement to coming to school everyday – and I know this is only the beginning.  Even if we hadn’t won, what my students have learned and the new ease of communication they and I have has made it worth participating.”

Martha Casteñeda, English Teacher, Mission High School, TX

“Thanks so much for the opportunity to direct one of your Scenarios short films.  It was incredibly fulfilling for me, and aside from feeling like I was doing something useful, I think I learned more about film direction and storytelling in a shorter amount of time than I ever have on any other project.  Working with teenagers was just terrific – their commitment, honesty, and enthusiasm were eye-opening for me”.

 David Koepp, Director of “All Falls Down,” (Director: “Secret Window,” Screenplay: “Spider-Man”)