I wanted to share with you a new program that I have developed with my partner, psychologist Dr. David Steinke, in conjunction with the Montclair Film Festival. It’s an opportunity for young people to come together in an inclusive environment to socialize and take a look at themselves through the lens of a variety of films. There will be two groups: one for high school kids and one for young adults. Our goal is to give young people an opportunity to make connections, forge community, practice social skills in a real-life setting, make friends and learn about movies in a club where everyone belongs.
The format of each session consists of socializing and introducing each week’s film, its themes and cinematic terminology. Films chosen will reflect relatable, real- life situations which will be processed through interactive discussions after the film.
As a former leader of Montclair SEPAC (and 10 year/current member) I know how important the work you do is for kids and families in your district. If you are no longer a leader of Special Education in your district your SEPAC, we would greatly appreciate you passing this email and flier along to whoever the current leadership is (or send me their contact) and I hope you will share the attached flier with your schools and any young people and families who you think might benefit from this interactive, inclusive experience.
I wish you all continued success–thanks so much!