Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Students by day, producers by night

An after-school program at Martin Luther King, Jr. Middle is grooming
100 students for careers in video production. The students
participate in Citizen Schools, a national after-school program that
organizes apprenticeships for low-income students.

Since January, students have been working with volunteers from Bank of
America, the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and Latta
Plantation to learn about finance, dance, forensics, video game design
and event planning.

For their final project, each student wrote and produced a segment for
a 40-minute video related to the topics they learned about during the
10-week session. The segments include a public service announcement
on disaster relief and lessons on how to purify water, camping safety
tips and learning African dance.

The students will reveal their final video project during a showcase
Thursday, May 13, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Spirit Square, 130 N.
Tryon St.

"Our students are learning skills they can use throughout life," said
Tusday Dudley, Citizen Schools' campus director. "We want the
community to see how these students are achieving."

The apprenticeships, which are led by community volunteers, expose
students to careers and teach them about teamwork, technology,
leadership, communication skills and data analysis. The program also
offers intensive academic support.
Citizen Schools has sites in Massachusetts, California, New Jersey,
Texas, New York, New Mexico and North Carolina. In CMS, the program
is offered at Eastway and Martin Luther King, Jr. middle schools. For
more information,