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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that SCENARIOS USA is a nonprofit organization that works with teenagers to write and produce short films about issues like body image, bullying, and relationships. Sexual health topics include abstinence, pregnancy and STD prevention, parenting, and sexual orientation. The films are featured on Scenarios USA's website.
What's it about?
The nonprofit organization Scenarios USA produces short films written by teenagers about issues like relationships, sexual health, bullying, identity, and other common teen concerns. Scenarios USA mostly works with teens through schools and youth outreach programs, but they also hold contests open to all teens. Visitors can watch most of the films online, and educators can buy hard copies. Some of the films feature education guides and behind-the-scenes clips. The site also includes a blog and resources for teens.
Is it any good?
Scenarios USA hits on a winning formula by having teens write scripts that are then filmed by prominent directors like Joel Schumacher and Michael Apted. The result is storylines and dialogue that are true to teen life, presented with a polished production style. Most films also feature notes on "the story behind the story," lending interesting insight into the creative process and the writers' backgrounds.
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Families can talk about how characters make decisions (about drinking, sex, standing up to bullies) in these films. What factors might be influencing their decisions? Do you think their responses are realistic? Why or why not?
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- Subjects: Language & Reading: reading, storytelling
Social Studies: cultural understanding
Arts: film, script writing
- Skills: Thinking & Reasoning: decision-making
Creativity: producing new content
Emotional Development: empathy, handling stress, identifying emotions, self-awareness
Responsibility & Ethics: embracing differences, making wise decisions, respect for others
- Genre: Educational
- Topics: High school
- Pricing structure: Free
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