Shaping Youth Recommends: Adina’s Deck


Shaping Youth will be screening the original Adina’s Deck film as part of our  film fest integrating youth and parent education!

Watch our ‘Upcoming Screenings’ page to see where and when we’ll be hosting shows. This important film deals with a common media management conundrum youth are dealing with daily…cyberbullying.

As you can see by the Shaping Youth post titled: “Adina’s Deck Gives Kids A Clue On Solving Cyberbullying Mysteries we feel it exemplifies ‘using the power of media for positive change,” and is worthy outreach for all.

Readers: Please join us in supporting Adina’s Deck as they launch their sequel episodes 2 & 3 which you can read about here in their most recent Adina’s Deck site and blog.

Thanks! –Amy Jussel

Adina’s Deck World Premiere of Episodes 2 & 3

For those who missed the very FIRST episode of Adina’s Deck, Shaping Youth will be screening the film for preteen house parties with allied organizations throughout the fall in the S.F. Bay Area.

If you’d like to help us organize these FREE events to bring media literacy on cyberbullying and internet safety into your school, youth group, or home school environs, contact Amy at Shaping Youth dot org.

We’re also seeking media savvy interns to help Shaping Youth spread the word on our various programs and worthy films like this in exchange for nonprofit service credit!

For others around the country, YOU can host a screening of Adina’s Deck yourself. Just contact Adina’s Deck directly to support their work via their website here.

Here’s a snapshot of Episode 2 & 3 from their newsletter:

Episode 2: The Case of the Online Crush

Filming is wrapped! Episode 2 tackles a new challenge, “Who and what is a predator?”

In our first sequel, Michael (Sam Ison), a concerned 8th grader, approaches the Club with a difficult problem. His friend Ally (Nyssa Smikoski) has been talking to a guy online for over two months – a guy she sees as perfect – but all Michael can see is that he’s 20! The club takes the case to track down Ally’s mysterious boyfriend and uncover his true identity.  After using technology and their detective sleuth skills, the club learns that young online relationships aren’t as romantic as they might seem.

This script was developed with the help of Internet Safety experts Kris Gowen, Anne Collier and Larry Magid, who is featured in our Behind the Scenes Bonus Features!

Returning volunteers included Cinematographer Jessica Young, Casting Director Megan Hsu and “Awesome Guy who Entertains the Parents” Les Fletcher. In developing Episode 2 we volunteered in schools and took advice from students. Our post-production team [Jeremy Castillo; John LaRosa; Bruce Drummond; Paige Bierma & Mike Heimowitz] are hard at work!

About Episode 3: The Case of the Plagiarized Paper

Filming is also wrapped for Episode 3! In this case, we expand our series to unravel the topics of cheating & plagiarism. Working with students, our goal for the films is to answer the question “What consequences should happen to someone who plagiarizes? What exactly is plagiarism?”

Dave, a fellow 8th grade classmate needs help from the Club. Someone plagiarized their paper-and since Mr. B has a bell curve, Dave’s grade is lowered and his parents are sending him to Boarding School! Adina’s Deck takes the case in order to help Dave get the grade he deserves. In this who-done-it, there are four main suspects, and the club needs to investigate each of their alibis to catch the cheater and save Dave. After a difficult case, the club learns about the true nature of plagiarism- and that doing things right the first time just might be a trustworthy solution.

This script was developed with the help of “Stressed out Students” expert Denise Pope, who also is featured in our Behind the Scenes Bonus Features! Email us to reserve your copy.

We were lucky enough to have the same cast & crew as Episode 2, and also welcome new cast members including Cassie Jo Fastabend- Eve; Jamin Shih- Scott, Kyle Fitz- David; Craig Frank- Mr. B and David Valladeres- as Christian.

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