Spotlight

Spotlight is a program that gives minority youth the tools to Spotlight positive and uplifting stories within their life through the powerful medium of filmmaking. Our goal is to reverse negative stereotypes of minorities in media, provide mentorship and increase self-esteem.

 

Description

One of our Co-Founders is from the South Side of Chicago. The concept came from the city’s tendency to be sensationalized for its gun violence in predominantly black communities. We realized that there were people in these communities who don’t fit into media’s stereotypes. So we thought of Spotlight to combat these negative portrayals. Spotlight is a program that gives minority youth the tools to Spotlight positive and uplifting stories within their life through the powerful medium of filmmaking. Over the course of the program, mentors will teach them how to use high definition cameras, editing software, cinematography, audio equipment and assist them to create and conduct their own films as a media team. This program introduces high school students to the many facets of media literacies and storytelling as a viable college major and career choices through hands-on learning activities. Our main goal is to reverse negative stereotypes in media, provide mentorship and increase esteem.