Students by day, producers by night

An after-school program at Martin Luther King, Jr. Middle is grooming 100 students for careers in video production. The students participate in Citizen Schools, a national after-school program that organizes apprenticeships for low-income students.

Since January, students have been working with volunteers from Bank of America, the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and Latta Plantation to learn about finance, dance, forensics, video game design and event planning.

For their final project, each student wrote and produced a segment for a 40-minute video related to the topics they learned about during the 10-week session. The segments include a public service announcement on disaster relief and lessons on how to purify water, camping safety tips and learning African dance.

The students will reveal their final video project during a showcase Thursday, May 13, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Spirit Square, 130 N. Tryon St.

“Our students are learning skills they can use throughout life,” said Tusday Dudley, Citizen Schools’ campus director. “We want the community to see how these students are achieving.”

The apprenticeships, which are led by community volunteers, expose students to careers and teach them about teamwork, technology, leadership, communication skills and data analysis. The program also offers intensive academic support.
Citizen Schools has sites in Massachusetts, California, New Jersey, Texas, New York, New Mexico and North Carolina. In CMS, the program is offered at Eastway and Martin Luther King, Jr. middle schools. For more information,

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