Los Angeles, California (PRWEB) May 12, 2014
On Saturday, May 17th, The Bresee Foundation will be holding its 9th Annual Youth Film Festival on Social Justice. This year’s theme, Gangs in LA, challenges youth across the city to answer the question: “What will it take to solve the gang problem in Los Angeles?”
The purpose of the Youth Film Festival is to inspire low-income high school students to think critically about issues impacting their community, and to make life-changing media posing solutions to the issue. Since its inception, eight years ago, 761 students have submitted 374 films that were judged by staff, civic leaders, and film industry professionals, awarding winners 169 camcorder packages as prizes.
An impressive group of diverse judges with a wide-range of backgrounds and experiences has been selected to view the submissions and decide which films will be screened at Fox Studios on May 17th. Festival Judges include rapper and actor The Game, actors Hill Harper and Wilmer Valderrama, President of The Ahmanson Foundation, William H. Ahmanson and U.S. Congresswoman Janice Hahn. A complete list of Festival Judges can be found on the Film Festival website at http://www.bresee.org/filmfestival.
In addition to Fox Entertainment Group, Bresee Youth Film Festival sponsors include HBO, Gang Reduction & Youth Development (GRYD) and The Game’s Foundation, The Robin Hood Project.
About The Bresee Foundation
The P.F. Bresee Foundation’s history dates back 30 years, when in 1982, members of the Los Angeles First Church of the Nazarene established P.F. Bresee Foundation as a separate, non-sectarian 501(c)(3) to address the social needs of the community. Its services were meant to honor the legacy of Dr. Phineas F. Bresee, who founded the Nazarene church in 1895 and dedicated his life to serving the poor in Los Angeles. Co-located with Bresee is a pediatric clinic run by QueensCare Family Clinics. In 2008, Bresee expanded to include family supportive services and case management with a partnership through the Wilshire Family Source Center. Bresee again expanded its services in 2012, providing gang prevention services through the Mayor’s Gang Reduction and Youth Development (GRYD) program. Today, the impact of Bresee’s program is demonstrated in that 40% of Bresee’s 40 staff members are former clients, Bresee has awarded over 100 students with over $500,000 in college scholarships, provided career-readiness and employment to over 500 youth, hosted 8 Annual Film Festivals on Social Justice, offered over $100,000 in emergency family assistance since 2010, and through mentoring and case management, become a second home to thousands of youth and family members. For more information please visit http://www.Bresee.org.