After I wrote about the problems with D.C.’s Summer Youth Employment Program earlier this month, several readers and friends pointed out a few of the good things Washington’s young people are able to accomplish with the program’s help. There are many.
And Now, Anacostia blogger David Garber highlights “Good Hope, Anacostia,” a great new nine-minute documentary about the Anacostia neighborhood created by local filmmaker Chris Keener and “some truly awesome teenagers” from SYEP.
Congress Heights on the Rise, which brought my attention to the great locally produced web drama “Anacostia,” says of Keener’s film, “Anacostia is such a wonderful neighborhood and I get so excited when people get to see that.”
Another SYEP project focuses on the same Southeast neighborhood. Anscia Brown and Kamari Bowman, participants in SYEP’s Media Arts Camp, took a series of photos of people and places around Anacostia, which are set to a five-minute soundtrack of residents’ comments about their neighborhood, their lives, and their aspirations.