July 31, 2014
Contact: Mari Irby
601-946-8100 | firstname.lastname@example.org
JACKSON, Miss. – Jackson high school students are showcasing their original short films about dropout prevention at the Mississippi Public Broadcasting (MPB) auditorium Friday, Aug. 1 at 1 p.m. Divided into teams, with video cameras in hand, the students tell their own stories of trials and successes, share their ideas, and give a voice to their generation.
MPB staff trained 36 local students in film production, digital literacy, storytelling and leadership development as part of the 2014 Can I Kick It (CIKI) Youth Movement through Media Summer Institute.
Since 2011, MPB has been working with “Can I Kick It?” Crews from around Mississippi to encourage them to stay in school and provide them with leadership tools to influence their peers to do the same. The “Can I Kick It?” Crews of high school students aim to engage peers, parents and educators to get behind the dropout prevention cause.
One of the 2013 films produced by a “Can I Kick It?” Crew won second place at the American Graduate Student Film Festival in Washington, D.C. “Invisible Bully” tells the story of a girl facing multiple obstacles to high school graduation.
Can I Kick It (CIKI) Youth Movement through Media Summer Institute
Presentation of the short film productions
Friday, Aug. 1 at 1pm
3825 Ridgewood Road
Jackson, MS 39211
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