Don’t Shoot Guns, Shoot Cameras – #WATWB

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Welcome back to the monthly bloghop – We Are The World Blogfest – started by author Damyanti Biswas. It is a time to share snippets of good news happening around the world in an effort to diminish the impact of negative news.

How do you help kids that grow up surrounded by gang violence? It is horrifying to think that a gun is more accessible than a camera.

Enter stand-up comedian, actor and producer Rodney “Red” Grant. In conjunction with Yasmin Salina, he founded the program, Don’t Shoot Guns, Shoot Cameras. This program teaches the fundamentals of film making and story telling using film to find their voice.

The program is open to inner city youth between the ages of 12 and 17 enrolled in a Washington, D.C. school.

Grant lost a family member to gun violence and he hopes to help kids find a healthy way in which to express themselves and learn valuable interpersonal and decision-making skills. From the DSGSC website:

DSGSC introduces students (ages 12 to 17) to the fundamentals of film making while incorporating SEL principles  of self-awareness, self-management, responsible decision making, social awareness, and relationship skills. Students will complete DSGSC having gained technical skills to creatively express themselves through film, as well as valuable emotional skills to positively impact their everyday lives.

You can read the news story here.

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11 thoughts on “Don’t Shoot Guns, Shoot Cameras – #WATWB”

    1. Ally, I taught art and photography to at risk teens for five years. It was a powerful tool with amazing results. I learned so much from my students.

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  1. Cameras instead of guns is a great idea. Perhaps you should start up the NCA (National Camera Associtation) to rival the NRA? Seriously though, with most kids now using phone cameras, there has never been a better time to get them interested in more serious photography.
    Best wishes, Pete.

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    1. I loved the fact that the kids are required to sign a pledge against violence before the class and receive their own equipment at the end of the class.

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  2. This is an excellent program, choosing a weapon, a camera, that creates beauty rather than one that can kill. The kids learn valuable lessons in creativity and the choices that are available to them that will lead to a better future. I applaud Mr. Grant for his efforts to steer vulnerable kids in the right direction. Thanks for sharig!

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    1. Having been a photographer and teaching photography, this story touched my heart as I know what an impact the camera can have. Thank you for taking the time to read and comment.

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  3. This is so lovely Maggie thank you. Kids shooting the breeze … learning camera skills is a disciplined and creative art form. Thank you for this great #WATWB post.

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  4. Love this initiative! Teaching kids to channel their energy into a creative projects will help them well into adulthood. They’ll gain self confidence, a way to express themselves and a marketable skill. Mr Grant is a hero in my books. Thanks so much for sharing this and for being a part of#WATWB.

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    1. Belinda, thank you for taking the time to read and comment. I think it is a great program that will see positive results. I am always happy to share as part of #WATWB.

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