I’ve been volunteering with an organization called the “Young Storytellers Foundation” for a few months now. The long & short of it is this: Mentors come to an elementary school once/week for 9 weeks and teach 5th graders how to write scripts. At the end of those 9 weeks, TV/Film actors come in and perform the scripts that these kids have created.
Many of these schools are victims of underfunded “Arts” programs, so events like this are really essential in exposing these youth to creativity outside of the classroom.
I’ve been lucky enough to mentor at one school (working w/ one specific student to develop a script) and act at another school (showing up for the Big Show to bring the scripts to life). Both experiences were amazing, and I’d encourage anyone that’s interested in getting involved to visit www.youngstorytellers.com.