Scenarios USA

Scenarios USA Scenarios USA is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that uses writing and film to foster youth leadership, advocacy and self-expression in under-served teens.
Scenarios USA asks teens to write about the issues that shape their lives. The winning writers are partnered with some of Hollywood's finest filmmakers to transform their stories into award-winning short films. 20 million people a year watch the Scenarios USA films at film festivals, on television and in high schools nationwide.
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Scenarios supports, engages, and inspires young people to realize their full potential through the power of education, media and storytelling.

Mission: Scenarios USA supports, engages and inspires young people to realize their full potential through the power of education, media, and storytelling.

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08/25/2017

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08/17/2017
New Cycle. New Curriculum.New Contest

Attention Teachers! There are still spaces left in our upcoming educator workshops in Cleveland and NYC on our brand new curriculum! Sign up today! Maybe your student could be the next Scenarios REAL DEAL winner. bit.ly/Truth-Power

Introducing What's the REAL DEAL about

Have you heard of SHE? It is a new theatre experience devoted to ending violence against women and girls.  After sold ou...
08/17/2017
Click here to support SHE organized by Kevin Powell

Have you heard of SHE? It is a new theatre experience devoted to ending violence against women and girls. After sold out performances in NYC, SHE (a project from Scenarios supporter Kevin Powell) is trying to raise money to go on tour and reach new audiences around the country. Any support to help it get there is much appreciated! #SHE #violenceagainstwomen

MANY OF YOU are supporting or have supported SHE, the new choreoplay and incredible theatre experience created by dancer and choreographer Jinah Parker. We are THANKFUL AND GRATEFUL. You join folks like actress Gabrielle Union and playwright Eve Ensler as donors to SHE. SHE is about sexual viole...

Huge #summershoutout to one of Scenarios' former directors, Gina Prince-Bythewood on her work in the upcoming super hero...
08/16/2017
This Is The First Black Woman To Direct A Super Hero Film

Huge #summershoutout to one of Scenarios' former directors, Gina Prince-Bythewood on her work in the upcoming super hero film, Silver and Black and the conclusion of her tv series Shots Fired. Thank you Gina for being an inspirational trail blazer and continually opening more doors for women of color in the film industry. http://r29.co/2i6xn6z .

Not many women have been granted the opportunity to be the front woman of a major superhero film, let alone a woman of color.

Scenarios USA's cover photo
08/16/2017

Scenarios USA's cover photo

Congrats and #ScenariosShoutout to ClarkJohnson ! @Netflix just picked up his latest drama 'Juanita' starring Alfre Wood...
08/14/2017
Netflix Picks Up Alfre Woodard-Starring Drama ‘Juanita’

Congrats and #ScenariosShoutout to ClarkJohnson ! @Netflix just picked up his latest drama 'Juanita' starring Alfre Woodard, http://bit.ly/2vYdzrp . Clark directed 'Misunderstood' for us in 2009. #independentfilm #Juanita #shoutout #DancingontheEdgeoftheRoof #netflix

EXCLUSIVE: Netflix has acquired global rights to the Clark Johnson-directed drama Juanita, in what is said to be a continuation of the streaming giant’s global film strategy of working direct…

Big #ScenariosShoutout to every young person who has ever had the courage to share their voice and stand up for what mat...
08/12/2017

Big #ScenariosShoutout to every young person who has ever had the courage to share their voice and stand up for what matters to them. You are the inspiration that keeps the heart of Scenarios beating every day. #YouthDay #youthday2017 #YouthVoices #YouthVoicesmatter

#ScenariosShoutout to Karyn Kusama, whose next feature 'Destroyer' is picking up steam! Possibly even starring Nicole Ki...
08/11/2017
Nicole Kidman in Talks to Star in Karyn Kusama’s Crime Thriller “Destroyer” (Exclusive)

#ScenariosShoutout to Karyn Kusama, whose next feature 'Destroyer' is picking up steam! Possibly even starring Nicole Kidman! Karyn directed 'Speechless' for us in 2013. http://bit.ly/2vdBK4h #shoutout #Destroyer #womenfilmmakers The Tracking Board

Plot details remain vague, but it’s known that Phil Hay and Matt Manfredi wrote the script and are producing with Kusama, with whom they previously worked on The Invitation and Aeon Flux.

08/10/2017

Best of luck to one of our own staff members, Tara Steinberg, who is working on a production of 'nice t!ts, the show'. Nice Tits is a play about one woman, Amy, and her struggles navigating through life after she has been diagnosed with breast cancer. The show will be performed at 8 pm tonight at the Striker theater in Manhattan. Check it out if you have time tonight !

08/09/2017
It's Here!! New Curriculum! New Contest! What's the REAL DEAL...

It's that time of year again! Scenarios USA official has released our new curriculum and contest! This cycle's topic is "Whats the REAL DEAL about Truth & Power ?". Share this link http://bit.ly/2hLZHea with any educator you know so that we can get the ball rolling on choosing this cycle's winner! #ScenariosUSA #realdeal #newcycle

We are excited to announce the Scenarios 2017-18 Curriculum & Contest Season titled, What's the REAL DEAL about Truth & Power? Now, more than ever, is a time for young people to share their stories locally and with the world. Philosopher and civil rights leader, Mahatma Gandhi once said, “Be the ch...

Special #Shoutout to Scenarios alumn Magen Rodriguez! Magen went on to become a teacher at Brooklyn Collaborative and ju...
08/08/2017
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Special #Shoutout to Scenarios alumn Magen Rodriguez! Magen went on to become a teacher at Brooklyn Collaborative and just launched a new website for her tutoring and translating business! Magen has continued to be an active part of Scenarios and we are so grateful to have her with us! Please share with anyone who might be interested in utilizing her services. She is wonderful! #scenariosshoutout #youthvoices

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Have you seen our film Man in the Mirror? In it, you'll see the amazing actress Selenis Leyva! #Shoutout and congrats to...
08/02/2017
After Her Role in 'Spider-Man,' Selenis Leyva Can't Wait for a Latina Superhero Movie

Have you seen our film Man in the Mirror? In it, you'll see the amazing actress Selenis Leyva! #Shoutout and congrats to Selenis on all of her recent work - including being an audience favorite in @OITNB and a role in the latest @SpiderManMovie. Also, we totally agree with her. It is definitely time for a Latina superhero movie. http://bit.ly/2v0GRWL #summershoutouts #scenariosshoutouts

We talked to Selenis Leyva about her role in 'Spider-Man: Homecoming' and season 5 of 'Orange is the New Black.'

08/01/2017
Film Lovers - YouTube

It is the 1st of the Month! Which means a new round of 3 films is streaming for free on our Youtube Channel. For the entire month of August, you can watch House Not Home, Tale of Timmy Two Chins, and From an Objective Point of View. These films together cover such topics as gender identity, online bullying, body image, friendship, and teen relationships. Watch them today on our Film Lovers Playlist: http://bit.ly/ScenariosFilmLovers

Tune in the 1st of every month when we share 3 Scenarios short films and their behind the scenes. Check out our "Previews Playlist" and tell us what video yo...

#ScenariosShoutout to Rawson Marshall Thurber as he keeps announcing new projects this summer! Stay tuned for a new seri...
07/31/2017
The Rock's Skyscraper Gets a Synopsis and a New Co-Star

#ScenariosShoutout to Rawson Marshall Thurber as he keeps announcing new projects this summer! Stay tuned for a new series from him on YouTube Red, a Cannonball remake, and a new action thriller called Skyscraper,http://bit.ly/2vyExCD, starring Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson. Rawson directed MANchild for us in 2008. #skyscraper #RawsonThurber #therock #drama #YouTube #YoutubeRED #summershoutout

Actress Neve Campbell has joined Dwayne Johnson's latest action thriller Skyscraper, which we now know a little more about. Here's the Skyscraper synopsis.

A warm welcome to our new Interim Executive Director, the Summer of Scenarios Directors, Teacher Workshops, and much mor...
07/28/2017

A warm welcome to our new Interim Executive Director, the Summer of Scenarios Directors, Teacher Workshops, and much more...! Check it all out in our Scenarios Behind the Scenes Newsletter- http://bit.ly/2u4Ocj0

07/27/2017
Scenarios USA - Authentic Short Films From Brooklyn's Youth | BK Stories

In case you missed it! #ScenariosShoutout to recent Real Deal winner and 'Cut in Half' writer, Leen Shumman! Leen was recently featured on BRIC TV as part of their #BKSTORIES series. Check out the segment below to get a behind the scenes look on the development of her story with Scenarios. #summershoutout #shoutout #youthvoices

http://bit.ly/LeenOnBRICTV

Young people’s voices and experiences are often fleeting or unheard, especially when it comes to the things that matter to them. Scenarios works to support a...

#Scenariosshoutout and big congrats to Issa Rae, Yvonne Orji, and Neil Brown Jr.. on the premiere of the second season o...
07/26/2017
HBO’s Insecure returns for season 2 with charisma to spare

#Scenariosshoutout and big congrats to Issa Rae, Yvonne Orji, and Neil Brown Jr.. on the premiere of the second season of #Insecure on #HBO last weekend! May there be many more seasons to come! http://bit.ly/2uuzWne Awkward Black Girl Insecure Issa Rae Presents #summershoutout

This new season proves that Issa Rae’s show is aces at making old sitcom problems feel new again.

“Black Girl Magic is real — people want a piece of it, they want to see it, they want to be empowered by it.” We couldn'...
07/25/2017
Analysis | ‘Girls Trip’ shows — yet again — that movies starring black women can crush at the box office

“Black Girl Magic is real — people want a piece of it, they want to see it, they want to be empowered by it.” We couldn't agree more. Big #scenariosshoutout and congrats to Malcolm D Lee for his new film 'Girls Trip' which came in as the second highest grossing film over opening weekend. http://wapo.st/2uxIeZH #girlpower #girlsrock #blackgirlmagic #summershoutout #girlstrip

Recent years have shown that while Hollywood traditionally undervalues movies with black and female leads, it is only to their peril.

Big #Scenariosshoutout to Jesse Peretz for his fabulous latest work! Jesse directed our film 'Who I Am' in 2007 and has ...
07/24/2017
GLOW Series Premiere Recap: Mat Finish

Big #Scenariosshoutout to Jesse Peretz for his fabulous latest work! Jesse directed our film 'Who I Am' in 2007 and has continued to have a stellar career ever since. In addition to directing two episodes of the new Netflix original series #GLOW, his most recent work has also included directing for #Orangeisthenewblack, #Divorce, #Happyish, Nurse Jackie, AND #Girls! #summershoutout http://bit.ly/2uzD7u3

This Netflix show about women’s wrestling in the ‘80s has a strong Police Academy vibe.

Big #Shoutout to Doug Liman on his new drama action series that was picked up by YouTube Red. Doug directed one of Scena...
07/20/2017
‘Impulse’ Doug Liman Action Drama Pilot Picked Up To Series By YouTube Red

Big #Shoutout to Doug Liman on his new drama action series that was picked up by YouTube Red. Doug directed one of Scenarios' very first films and has continued to be a longtime supporter and board member. Congratulations Doug! http://bit.ly/2u5rgBN #Scenariosshoutout #Summershoutout #Impulse #Youtubered #newseries #action #drama

EXCLUSIVE: YouTube’s new subscription service YouTube Red continues to ramp up its original programming slate, giving a series order to its first drama pilot, Impulse, directed and executive produc…

07/18/2017

"Today is my last day at Scenarios." Read a letter from outgoing Executive Director and Co-Founder, Maura Minsky, here: http://bit.ly/mauralastday.

After 18 years of heart, hard work, and an unwavering belief in the power of young people, please join us in saying, THANK YOU MAURA!!! May we all do our best at carrying at your vision forward.

Thank you Nelson Mandela, for your legacy of peace, freedom, and forgiveness....http://bit.ly/2uuWmWo.#NelsonMandela #Ma...
07/18/2017
21 Best Ways to Spend 67 Minutes Doing Good and Celebrate Mandela Day in Cape Town South Africa

Thank you Nelson Mandela, for your legacy of peace, freedom, and forgiveness....http://bit.ly/2uuWmWo.
#NelsonMandela #MandelaDay #actionagainstpoverty Nelson Mandela Foundation Nelson Mandela Day 2017

Our special selection of 21 ways to do good this Mandela Day, Tuesday 18 July 2017, in Cape Town and contribute 67 minutes of your time to volunteer, donate and give back in the Mother City.

Happy Birthday and also Happy #MalalaDay to one of our world's most fearless heroes. Check out this article to learn mor...
07/12/2017
Let's Celebrate Malala Day With Nine Amazing Facts - RightsInfo

Happy Birthday and also Happy #MalalaDay to one of our world's most fearless heroes. Check out this article to learn more about the inspiring work this 20 year old is doing around the world for all girls everywhere. #yesallgirls
https://rightsinfo.org/lets-celebrate-malala-day/

On 9 October 2012, 15-year-old Malala Yousafzai was on the school bus home when she was shot in the head by the Taliban. She survived and went on to achieve amazing … Continued

We've been discovered - or Steph, Rob and Gloria have! (Search Party is shooting outside of our offices. Should we let t...
07/07/2017

We've been discovered - or Steph, Rob and Gloria have! (Search Party is shooting outside of our offices. Should we let them know we're not lost? Or are they trying to lure away our staff with promise of their own trailers?) #searchparty #scenarios #youcanthavethem

Today is the last day to watch our two new youth-written films on YouTube for free. click here: http://bit.ly/susa2017It...
06/30/2017

Today is the last day to watch our two new youth-written films on YouTube for free. click here: http://bit.ly/susa2017

It's also the last day to join the 2017 Publisher Circle, a group of supporters and friends who are helping to bring our new films and new curriculum into more classrooms in the fall.

Thank you all! Enjoy the weekend!

Check out this amazing FREE 5 day conference in NYC with BSTEM Project for girls in high school. Girl Power Biz Camp exp...
06/29/2017

Check out this amazing FREE 5 day conference in NYC with BSTEM Project for girls in high school. Girl Power Biz Camp explores an array of skills from brainstorming ideas, media development and monetization to branding, consumer insights and marketing. There will be mentors, speakers, food, swag and prizes. Interested? Pre-register online here: https://bstemproject.org/girl-power-biz-camp/

Only 2 hours left to bid on a career changing internship with ListenFirst Media!! Now on Charitybuzz: http://bit.ly/scen...
06/28/2017

Only 2 hours left to bid on a career changing internship with ListenFirst Media!!

Now on Charitybuzz: http://bit.ly/scenariosbid

“[The film] is really a testament to the power of black girl magic.”Time for another Scenarios director shout out! Malco...
06/27/2017
‘Girls Trip’s Will Packer, Malcolm D. Lee & Regina Hall On How The Comedy Celebrates Black Women

“[The film] is really a testament to the power of black girl magic.”

Time for another Scenarios director shout out!
Malcom D. Lee's anticipated new film, 'Girls Trip' is set to be released July 21st. Read more below.

http://deadline.com/2017/06/girls-trip-world-premiere-will-packer-malcolm-d-lee-regina-hall-interview-1202114375/

Ahead of Girls Trip’s July 21 wide release, Universal world premiered its female-led comedy last night to open the American Black Film Festival in Miami. The pic stars Regina Hall, Queen Lati…

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Wow! So wonderfully made and very powerful. Thank you.
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