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Can green enterprise revitalize America’s most distressed communities? In neighborhoods plagued by joblessness, drugs and turf conflicts, enterprising young men and women who used to think they were unemployable are becoming beacons of hope.
We’re working closely with entrepreneur Tyrone Mullins and his peers in low-income urban neighborhoods to tell their stories, speak the truth about waste, and mobilize thousands of residents to recycle and compost for the first time. By screening documentaries and organizing discussions with property managers, community leaders, public officials and policy makers, our work secures contracts and creates jobs, cutting landfill waste in half.
VAN JONES (GREEN JOBS NOW)
Van Jones, Co-founder and Board Member of the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights, winner of the San Francisco Foundation 2008 Community Leadership Awards (Robert C. Kirkwood Award) – for his inspirational and galvanizing work in youth and civil right activism.
The SFF Community Leadership Awards recognize individuals and organizations whose leadership makes a significant impact in Bay Area communities. Each year, Citizen Film distills these extraordinary stories into resonant documentary films. Organizations and their leaders then utilize those films for years as a way to communicate the need for and impact of their work.
TEEN JAZZ ORCHESTRA WITH MARCUS SHELBY
“Music saved my life, and so I know it can do the same for other young people,” says nationally renowned Jazz bassist Marcus Shelby in one of Citizen Film’s newest shorts.
We worked closely with the Community Music Center’s visionary leaders and artists to celebrate one of San Francisco’s most-revered and longest-running community arts programs.
The mission of Community Music Center is to make high quality music accessible to all people, regardless of financial status.
KINDERGARTEN TO COLLEGE: A FOOT IN THE DOOR
A FOOT IN THE DOOR tells the story of Kindergarten to College, the first universal children’s savings account program in the United States. Launched by the City and County of San Francisco, the program automatically provides a college savings account to children when they start kindergarten.
A FOOT IN THE DOOR is recommended for policy advocates, government agencies, financial services providers, community groups, educators, and parents who want to learn more about the potential of children’s savings account programs.