through the storm
A film by the students of AEP
ANCOVA EMPOWERMENT PROJECT is an organization designed to help young people who have faced behavioral, economic, or legal challenges to have positive and constructive experiences while gaining life skills and learning how to overcome obstacles to their success. By working with accomplished professional artists on high-level projects such as films, musical recordings, and live performances, AEP students gain interpersonal and technical skills that boost their self-esteem and empower them to succeed.
AEP students collaborate with director Dave Calkins, other faculty members, and each other to create films, musical recordings or live performances. The faculty members who include professional artists and technicians go to group homes, in-patient settings, youth shelters, detention facilities, and elsewhere in the community to work with each student. The students receive one-on-one time with Calkins or a member of his team, and learn interpersonal, technical, and collaborative skills. The technical and professional skills that AEP students can learn include film and stage production, writing, visual art, videography, editing, marketing, teamwork, and how to play a musical instrument.
Students will have the satisfaction of working on polished, professional projects that when completed, the community will appreciate and enjoy. In helping young people to have positive and constructive experiences, AEP helps the student and enriches the community.
Dave Calkins is the director of the program. He brings 6 years of experience as a mental health worker and 25 years of experience as a teacher of music and film to his work with AEP. He has completed dozens of film, music, and other production projects with students in the private sector, and now looks forward to making these opportunities available to a new population of students.
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