Project AWARE Info and Links

Project AWARE provides workshops, presentations, and the Reel Life program that includes the Summer Film Institute for youth as well as targeted filmmaking that produces high quality, dramatic educational short movies and PSAs created by young people. The mission of the organization is to “empower young people to lead”.

For detailed information about Project AWARE programs please go here: or to the “Programs” page on our website at See trailers and PSAS at Our channel receives up to three thousand views per day.

For the promo go here:

Project AWARE is about real life teens telling real life stories in a powerful way. Young people in the program create impactful, high quality movies that address social issues and make a difference. Simply put, the process changes their lives. It also provides a learning environment for marketable skills – not only the technical aspects of movie making but also public speaking, creative thinking, writing, and much more.

Programs and videos, along with more information, are available by contacting the Coordinator at or 207-282-5598.

This past year over 500 young people were directly involved as writers, directors, cast and crew in creating 4 high quality video products on teen health including nutrition, physical activity, bullying prevention, tobacco prevention, substance abuse prevention, mental health, and teen sexual health. Partners included the Maine Dept. of Education, Family Planning Assoc. and Acadia Hospital. Overall, Project AWARE youth have created 20 PSAs and 8 movies with 4 more in production. In addition, thousands more attended premieres, presentations and workshops. And tens of thousands viewed Project AWARE videos on YouTube and TV including WPXT in Portland and WABI in Bangor.

A recent film, April’s Heart, received the young filmmakers award at the Litchfield Hills Film Festival and Iowa Film Festival. April’s Heart tears the mask off of youth so we can see inside. It’s a story set in a time when life can be hard; a story that gives us an intimate look at the challenges, hopes and dreams of teenagers.

To see the April’s Heart trailer please go to this blog post:

To see a testimony from a participant of this project please go to a YouTube video at:

The following additional links showcase the incredible work of young people:

The blog on the website has information about recent projects:

A story about a teen who did some powerful work at the Summer Film Institute:

Summer Film Institute:

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To find out more about our movies and see trailers please go to the films page at

For more information about Two Seconds which premiered on October 23rd 2012 please go here:

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