Project AWARE presents 7th Summer Film Institute August 17 − 21 from 9 − 5 each day; possibility of one extra day on Saturday the 22nd

Project AWARE began in 2003 with a goal to raise awareness about youth prescription drug abuse. The co-founders, Katey Branch and Carl Lakari, believed that if young people took the lead in creating presentations about the issue it would open more eyes and ultimately be more effective. Youth Empowerment Workshops were developed as a main program. This simple effective approach for empowering young people to make a difference became the primary tool to create powerful presentations. Young people would be supported in creating presentations and then take their message out to other youth or adults. Using this model, Project AWARE reached thousands of people with a message about youth prescription drug abuse.

Production by filmmaker Amy Grumbling and Michael D’Apice, University of New England.

Coordination and facilitation by Carl Lakari of Project AWARE and Rachael Silvano of Youth MOVE Maine. Engine will provide space and media lab for editing, as well as some facilitation.

The institute will be able to accommodate up to 20 youth with at least 50% from Biddeford. The young filmmakers will produce three 30 second PSAs on resiliency; a 15-minute short movie produced about Biddeford and Biddeford issues with the story and script to be developed by Biddeford youth prior to week long program.

Cost for the week is typically set at $495 per attendee. Payment plans and scholarships may be available so don’t hesitate to ask; this is a day program only but we can often help with finding accommodations.



projectaware@maine.rr.com or {207} 282-5598


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