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The Girls Lead Initiative (GLI)

On January 30, 2018, we launched the first phase of the Girls Lead Initiative (GLI).
 
The first phase entailed the coming together of our young filmmakers who produced films during our filmmaking programs, such as the Reel Camps for Girls and Making Media That Matters. We met bi-weekly to select films and discuss their content with the goal of creating a curated program of films aimed at facilitating conversations around the issue that affect our youth. We talked-story with the filmmakers about the details of the filmmaking process, messaging, informed discussion about the issues their films address, and how to host curated screenings.

On May 31, we inaugurated the second phase by hosting our first curated screening at The ARTS at Marks Garage. Zoe, Phoenix, and Jordan presented films that talked about depression and anxiety, gave an extremely informative presentation, and engaged the audience in Q&A. 

On September 19, Zoe and Kadee presented at Hawaiʻi FEAST. FEAST refers to a community dinner, at which attendees pay to join a catered reception, and a portion of that payment is set aside as a prize. While attendees eat, mingle, and imbibe, different artists showcase their work and explain their proposed public art project. After the presentations are over, attendees vote on the creative proposal they wish to award the prize. It’s win-win-win: Attendees enjoy a meal with friends, one artist (or group of artists) is awarded funding to put towards a public art project, and all presenters gain exposure and a rare networking opportunity (https://hawaiifeast.com/about/)
 
This FEAST was being held in partnership with Mental Health America of Hawaii to support mental health & community wellbeing. They send out a call to "artists of all mediums who were interested in presenting their ideas for using public art & creative advocacy as a tool to support mental health and wellbeing."

Our proposed creative advocacy project entailed the screening of the short film “Pretty Good Start” to at least three youth groups and have the filmmakers facilitate a conversation right after the screening with their peers. We believe that the screening and talk story will