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By tapping into film as the communication medium of choice for youth today, Reel Look has reached a range of teens, many of whom have been disconnected and faced extraordinary obstacles in their everyday lives. As studies have repeatedly demonstrated, when youth are engaged in their lives, they are much more likely to stay in school and graduate, which in turn minimizes their opportunities to be involved in violence and significantly reduces youth incarceration rates.

Throughout the school year, students participate during the school day in film production classes taught by Community TV Network instructors. The regular classes encourage student attendance and involvement, and their enthusiasm for the project often results in additional after-school hours developing their films – which means less time to get involved in gang activity or situations that could lead to violence.

As Reel Look has evolved over the years, students are seeing how far their voice can travel as they reach more audiences and influencers. As a result, youth are using their films as a jumping off point to take their messages beyond the walls of ASN member schools to advocate for action. This level of extended engagement and time commitment has ranged from presenting a petition to the U.S. Department of Education in Washington D.C. on human trafficking, to working with advocates to o btain grants enabling access to free lunches for students, to community organization efforts calling on peers, neighbors and advocacy organizations to step up and stop the violence.

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