Hustlers Guild creates new pathways for youth

Reports of violent crime suspects in the District are getting younger and younger, and are sparking outrage and concern. The reports are also sparking action from one organization. - April 25, 2022

Program uses filmmaking to help prevent youth gun violence

The hustlers’ guild is a unique program that is recruiting students in under-served communities and introducing them to filmmaking and promising careers in entertainment and technology..

ABC News - September 21, 2021

Summer film camp turning inner-city youth into cinematographers of tomorrow

Dreams of being the eye behind the camera are finally a reality for 17-year-old Chris Enciso.

Spectrum News - August 13, 2021

As DC targets gun violence, feds launch strike forces in 5 cities to stop illegal guns

Locally and at the federal level, people are trying to do something about a spike in gun violence. In DC many were especially spurred to take action after the shooting death... - July 22, 2021

Innovative Summer Program Teaches DC Teens Filmmaking

A new summer program is designed to slow the surge in gun violence in the District. It’s called “Don’t Shoot Guns, Shoot Cameras” and teaches teens the fundamentals of ... - July 22, 2021

Anti-violence program for DC youth expands to California

A program in D.C. focused on keeping underserved youth away from violence has expanded to the Los Angeles area of California this year.

WTOP News - July 22, 2021

Here children prefer to arm themselves with a camera

The US capital Washington suffers from an extremely high murder rate. More and more perpetrators are young people. Actor Rodney Grant wants to help the kids by arming them with a camera instead of a gun.

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Translate to English. - April 11, 2021

Red talks 'Don't Shoot Guns Shoot Cameras' initiative

Gun violence has come to the national forefront after mass shootings in Atlanta, Georgia and Boulder, Colorado. With children growing up being exposed to guns and violence, a program in Washington D.C. has been created to give kids a different view.

BNC News - March 29, 2021

Learning film skills keeps D.C. youth away from gangs

"Don't Shoot Guns, Shoot Cameras," a program based in Washington, D.C., teaches underserved youth camera skills to keep them away from gang violence. Ben Tracy reports. - March 21, 2021

Shoot Cameras, Not Guns is helping the Community

Far too often in Washington DC, we see gun violence happening over and over. Look no further than five days ago in Southwest Washington DC as police investigated a .... - March 09, 2021

In a city where bullets too often hit kids, a program calls on young people to shoot cameras, not guns

Many professional journalists will tell you they grew up seeing their parents absorbed in the pages of newspapers... - March 3, 2021

Don't Shoot Guns, Shoot Cameras: 5-day Filmmakers Camp

Comedian Red Grant and The Hustlers Guild founder Yasmin Salina discuss 'Don't Shoot Guns, Shoot Cameras: 5-day Filmmakers Camp' on Good Day DC. - August 17, 2020


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