This Week: UAP Students Team Up With Councilman Jumaane Williams to Advocate for People with Disabilities

Kasiem Walters interviews his mother for his If I Had a Trillion Dollars Youth Film Festival entry.

The “If I Had a Trillion Dollars“film festival asks young people to imagine themselves in control of the federal budget. How would they use a trillion dollars to impact their community and beyond?

Academy student Kasiem Walters is leading the project for Urban Arts Partnership. Kasiem’s mother is deaf, so he has grown up with an awareness of the unique needs and higher cost of living for people with physical disabilities. He and his fellow students are combining poetry, music, and film to spread that awareness to their peers. They envision a world that provides tools and support that would ensure accessibility, safety, and independence for people with disabilities in all aspects of society. Kasiem and our students are also collaborating with Brooklyn Councilman Jumaane Williams and his student empowerment group STAT to create their entries.

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