Friday, January 15, 2010

Scenarios USA

Just wrapped up judging for this year's Real Deal contest. The annual contest, run by Scenarios USA, fosters creativity in the areas of writing and filmmaking by encouraging teens to explore and express their views on masculinity.

Scenarios USA is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that that uses writing and filmmaking to foster youth leadership, advocacy and self-expression in under-served teens. Scenarios USA asks teens to write about the issues that shape their lives for the annual "What's the REAL DEAL?" writing contest, and thousands have responded with their raw and revealing insights.

The winning writers are partnered with some of Hollywood's finest filmmakers to transform their stories into award-winning short films. 15 million people a year watch the Scenarios USA films at film festivals, on television and in high schools nationwide. Scenarios USA believes that by valuing youth and listening to their opinions we can have an impact on promoting healthy relationships and lowering the rate of HIV, STDs and pregnancy among teens.

If you're interested in participating in next year's judging as part of the selection committee, click here.