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CROWDRISE : Dec 02, 2013
Tax ID: 13-4117469
BASED: Brooklyn, NY, United States



We believe that by valuing youth and their stories, we strengthen academic achievement, promote civic engagement and support young people in becoming engaged citizens and healthy individuals.

Scenarios USA is a national non-profit organization that uses writing and film to foster youth leadership, advocacy and self-expression in students across the country, with a focus on marginalized communities.

Our REAL DEAL program provides a unique and effective way for teenagers to utilize their voice to talk about the issues that matter to them and be heard by an audience they didn’t know they could have.  We’ve been told that for teenagers to learn, you must talk to them.  But at Scenarios USA, we do something just as important as talking.  We listen.  That’s the mandate we began with when we started the organization. 

In 1999, with support from Scenarios from the Sahel, Maura Minsky and Kristen Joiner started Scenarios USA in 2 high school classrooms, one in NYC and one in the Rio Grande Valley in South Texas. Students were asked to share their ideas & write stories about coming of age in the era of AIDS.  Those stories would become Scenarios USA's first films.

Scenarios USA grew from two classrooms of 50 students to engage over 100,000 students in our REAL DEAL program in our first decade.  Students have responded with an outpouring of their stories - dramatic, comic, and sometimes tragic. Those stories have gone on to engage award-winning screenwriters and movie directors who have collaborated with the young writers to produce a growing library of films.

The REAL DEAL films get seen by an estimated 15 - 20 million a year in classrooms with lesson plans in all 50 states; they have aired on Showtime, BET, mun2, MTV, Oxygen, NYC Media's Channel 25 and numerous cable access stations.

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