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Friday, 05 June 2015 10:36

SOCIAL-EMOTIONAL LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES

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Years of research confirms that involvement in the arts is not only associated with academic gains, but also improves critical social-emotional skills which have been demonstrated effective in reducing violence. In all aspects of the Reel Look arts education program, students witness and demonstrate respect for others, practice listening skills, learn to value other opinions and appreciate the power of a collective voice.

From the conception of the idea for the film to its screening at the end of the school year, youth work collaboratively on films, agreeing to the roles each individual will play in developing their film and then working as a team to set goals and plan the production. Youth creative expression is admired, supported, and within these roles, placed on a pedestal, providing these teens with the positive reinforcement they need to build confidence in themselves and their ability to contribute as citizens.

By teaching youth communication and relationship-building skills, Reel Look helps students exercise personal responsibility and self control as they work with others on tough, divisive topics, demonstrating that issues can be addressed through positive interactions and productive, nonviolent efforts.
As a result of Reel Look, each year at-risk youth are introduced to new technology they would not have otherwise had access to, preparing them with job readiness skills while also serving as a vital social learning opportunity, a conduit for appropriately expressing themselves on adverse issues and an effective violence prevention vehicle.

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