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A passion to jam: Students Rock Club

With no music classes available at their high school, innovative students Jonathan Funes and Noe Benitez started their own after-school group: Students Rock Club. Every Thursday afternoon, experienced teenage musicians teach new students who have never played an instrument before, but have a passion to learn how to jam. Students from LAUSD / USC Cinematic…

With no music classes available at their high school, innovative students Jonathan Funes and Noe Benitez started their own after-school group: Students Rock Club. Every Thursday afternoon, experienced teenage musicians teach new students who have never played an instrument before, but have a passion to learn how to jam.

Students from LAUSD / USC Cinematic Arts & Engineering Magnet spent the year finding organizations around their neighborhoods that offered opportunities for teens to gain experiences outside of the classroom. After researching these organizations, students produced, shot and edited documentaries to showcase the amazing work being done by area students. Our ultimate goal is to help raise awareness for all teens about these opportunities to improve the health, education, career readiness, and safety of themselves, their peers, their families, and their neighborhoods.

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Produced and created by Elias Quijada, Guillermo Garcia and Lexington Craig.

The equipment used to make this documentary was acquired in help from a generous grant from the Hollywood Foreign Press Association.

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