Over 100 Women Help Lights Camera Discover |

The famous African proverb “It takes a village to raise a child” rings true for most parents and families today. In communities where underserved youth reside, it takes an entire community of different people interacting with these youth to learn and grow in a safe environment.

Founded in 2011, Lights Camera Discover (LCD) is a local non-profit organization built on a simple foundation: To effectively break the cycle of generational poverty, you must equip the next generation with education in in-demand careers.

Recently, LCD received $ 10,000 from 100+ Women Who Care Valley of the Sun.

Ahwatukee resident and business owner Liz O’Neall, member of 100WWC, named this charity because, as a parent, she recognizes that extracurricular activities and summer programs keep the kids busy and keep them out of trouble. .

LCD offers free, accessible and effective science, technology, engineering, arts and math (STEAM) programming leading to secondary education and then STEAM careers, with the goal of closing the cycle of generational poverty.

They develop in their students a sense of pride, self-worth, strength and appreciation for community engagement through performance and digital arts. LCD will be one of the catalysts that will bring out the creativity and the spirit of cooperation among the young people who participate in their programs.

Their youth programs provide opportunities to develop confidence, build self-esteem, and learn teamwork by participating in a series of workshops that teach various aspects of the performing and digital arts (including including digital filmmaking, photography, theater, scriptwriting, web design and animation.).

In after-school and summer programs, youth receive group and one-on-one mentoring.

They have the opportunity to work with seasoned veterans of film, acting, writing, production and more. Here they will discover a different way of thinking, writing, speaking and being creative.

LCD removes the barriers that these children would otherwise have in learning about these career choices.

Their mission is to “turn imagination into opportunity” with a long-term goal of giving these children a lifelong skill set and in turn making positive career choices.

They also give students the resources to recognize entrepreneurial opportunities in digital skills (graphic design, website design, film making, game design).

“The activities our young people engage in are essential to their development,” said Executive Director Kema Charles. “The world of technology is constantly changing and in order to prepare our young people we must be able to expose them to the trends and technology of tomorrow today.”

O’Neill said: “Disadvantaged families don’t have the opportunity or the funds. The LCD screen changes the trajectory of these children’s lives. This is the first time many of them have heard: “I’m proud of you.

“Our donation will change the lives of 20 children by sending them to fall workshops and summer programs,” she added.

100+ Women Who Care Valley of the Sun is about sharing a simple concept of coming together as a collective community to make an immediate, direct and positive impact by giving locally.

Membership in the chapter involves attending four hour-long giving circles per year with the sole purpose of supporting the wonderful work our local nonprofits do by providing funding, exposure and awareness.

The chapter has three sister groups that meet quarterly in Ahwatukee, Scottsdale and East Valley.

To learn more or to join one of their upcoming giving circles, visit 100wwcvalleyofthesun.org or follow them on Facebook. The Ahwatukee group will meet on October 26 at 6:30 p.m. at the Foothills Golf Club.

To learn more about the LCD screen: lightscameradiscover.org.

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