There is a non-profit based out of Silver Spring that teaches youth how to conceptualize, film, and edit their own films that runs throughout the year at different schools, libraries & community centers in Montgomery County, MD. The organization is a non-profit and is funded by the support of the community, local businesses and organizations! For the past couple of years, I have had the pleasure of working with this non-profit organization as a youth media instructor, and have had some amazing experiences with the students I have been able to teach and guide through the film making process! This past spring season, I had the pleasure of working with two amazing groups out of Takoma Park and White Oak community centers, and they did two amazing short PSA/Documentary style films that dealt with the topics of Youth and Social Justice as well as Homophobia and Mental Health! The amazing part about the films is they were completely shot and edited mostly by the students who were a part of the program using only the equipment provided by TLX Media and the community centers! The first film "Social Justice Warrior" is a funny short educational narrative style film about a middle school kid named Penn who is on a mission to be a catalyst for social change in his community. The film is a prelude to how he becomes interested in the topic of social justice, and decides to become "The Social Justice Warrior". The second film "LGBTQ Mental Health Matters" is a doc/PSA that highlights the stories of people who suffer from mental health issues as a result of homophobia. It dives into the psyche of two creative women in the LGBTQ community, and discusses ways they have dealt with, and learned to cope with the issues of homophobia in society and in their personal lives! Check out their films on Youtube Down Below and show your support by commenting or sharing with a friend/family member!