Thursday, 6 February 2014

On Set with Teach for America DC

Since joining the team at Swagger, I have had the pleasure to work with the educational non-profit organization Teach for America on a couple of occasions. One of those occasions was earlier this week, when we had the opportunity to bring our Swagger up to Washington DC to shoot for an upcoming event for Teach for America.
Thurgood Marshall Academy on a rainy, rainy day.

The weather was less than ideal (or maybe I'm just a spoiled Houstonian...), so we weren't able to capture quite as much around town as I'd hoped, but I was lucky enough to interview several Teach for America teachers, alumna and students from various schools in the DC area.

The mission of Teach for America is to ensure that every child has the opportunity to receive a quality education, despite their income or neighborhood. Part of how they do this is by recruiting a diverse group of leaders with a record of achievement who commit to at least two years of service in a low-income community.

What always strikes me each time I speak to a member of the Teach for America organization is their passion for their work. Many of them never imagined they would end up in teaching but wanted to be of service to underserved communities so they joined the program as a temporary experience and now cannot imagine a life without being an educator. These are highly empathetic, intelligent, dedicated people who do more than identify a problem and tell others how to fix it; they roll up their sleeves and commit to doing their part to make change on the ground, every single day. It is truly inspiring to not only experience the passion of the teachers themselves, but to then speak to their students and see what a tremendous effect they have proves what a difference a program like this can make.

Because we were working pretty quickly over the course of two days to get the piece shot, I wasn't able to get a lot of behind the scenes footage, but here are a few snapshots from the DC trip.
At National Harbor in Prince George's County. You can practically see the chill.

Harriet Tubman Elementary School. Chocolate the Hamster lives here.

Capturing footage in an overgrown playground at a Prince George's County elementary school. 
The Martin Luther King Jr. Monument overlooking the Tidal Basin.
Thank you, Teach for America, for allowing us to be a part of this project and we can't wait to show everyone the finished product!  

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