December 6—re:imagine/ATL and Grady students debuted their social change videos at a special “Final Showcase Film & Social Justice” event at the Center for Civil and Human Rights.
More than 80 community members attended the event to watch the videos and hear more about the impact of youth homelessness, engaging in open community dialogue and learning about how they can get involved through civic engagement and service. During the Showcase, students and volunteers from co-sponsors 11Alive and FOCUS Brands shared their experiences and highlights of the re:imagine/ATL program. Special guest, Malika Whitley, founder and CEO of the nonprofit ChopArt, gave a first-hand account of her experience with homelessness and spoke about her work with youth around the globe. Attendees had the opportunity to purchase a ColorATL book during the event, with each sale resulting in a book donation directly to local youth facing hardship.
In addition to the students’ film screenings, attendees were invited to participate in Dale Adams’ One Night virtual reality demonstration, which allowed them to experience what it’s like to be homeless in Atlanta. A special screening of the full-length documentary The Homestretch, chronicling the story of three homeless teens, closed out the event.
The Final Showcase brought together a diverse audience in support of both the student’s film project, as well as the significant issue of childhood homeless in Atlanta. re:imagine/ATL’s in-school film program and work in the community would not be possible without the support of 11Alive and FOCUS Brands. The videos are available to watch on re:imagine/ATL’s YouTube Channel.