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Reel Works provides free filmmaking programs for NYC Youth.  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.

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Reel Works is one of the leading digital media educators in the United States. We are the only filmmaking program that matches teens 1:1 with professional filmmaker-mentors to tell their stories and have their voices heard.  It’s a powerful combination that changes young lives while creating startling and original films that have been seen by over 9 million viewers since our founding in 2001. What began as a single workshop of 17 students at the Prospect Park YMCA in Park Slope, Brooklyn has grown to provide free after school and in-school programs give a voice to over 500 youth citywide.  Reel Works programs are designed to engage youth through intensive in-school or after-school filmmaking workshops and to provide a safe community and a continuum of learning opportunities that extend from middle school to high school to college and beyond.  All our workshops are standards-based, rigorous and centered on literacy, storytelling, hands-on learning and a commitment to excellence. Reel Works has a well-earned reputation for innovation and quality:

More than anything, Reel Works is a community active learners where young people and adult mentors meet, collaborate and inspire one another to succeed.

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Hero
Hero by Alexis Lisa Rivera
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Hero

Alexis’ love for movies encouraged her to be a hero, but conflicts at home taught her you can’t save everyone. Alexis learned that instead of being a hero to everyone else, she needed to be a hero to herself.

Fall 2015 Lab Documentaries
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