LOS ANGELES – GLP Films (GLP), the leading production and marketing company showcasing global sustainability-related initiatives, has launched their new School Assembly Program. In tandem with GLP’s Education Program, this new assembly-style approach is designed to educate, inspire, and empower youth to engage with sustainability at the local level and recognize their role as global citizens. The program is available for 3rd grade through college level students, and has launched in eight regions across the United States, including AZ, CA, DC, IL, ME, NY, OR and HI, with the expectation to expand in the 2014/15 school year.

GLP’s School Assembly presentation, Appetite for Adventure: Exploring Global Food Sustainability, introduces students to the topics of local and organic food, fair trade, sustainable farming, and youth empowerment, through real-world examples of individuals and organizations finding positive solutions. The one-hour presentation includes three award-winning short-films produced by GLP Films, with narration and Q&A from a local GLP Ambassador.  Interdisciplinary topics will rotate as the program grows.  Initial program partners include leading sustainability brands and organizations, including PROBAR, CHUMS, Farm to Feet, Back to the Roots and Eco-Schools USA.

Following the presentation, students are encouraged to get involved in local sustainability issues by creating their own documentary-style film via GLP’s Student Film Project contest.  Students and teachers receive follow up resources including student filmmaking tools, access to over 60 additional short-films, sustainability lesson plans, and further engagement opportunities such as field trips, events, volunteer opportunities, and other community connections shared via a local GLP Ambassador and GLP education partners.

The National Wildlife Federation’s Eco-Schools USA program states that they “look forward to working with GLP to offer schools the opportunity to engage more deeply in sustainability topics through hands-on, student-driven projects. After experiencing inspiring films and thought-provoking discussion in a GLP school assembly, students and educators can look to Eco-Schools USA as a resource to help them take the next step to implement sustainable solutions for their school.”

Melissa Griffiths Parrott comments on her new role as New York City GLP Ambassador, saying, “This is an opportunity to reach out to my community at large with quality environmental films and programming to make a difference in their lives.  Better decision-making starts with education, and this is a great format to convey that.”

GLP Films is currently booking school assemblies for spring and fall 2014. Visit www.glpfilms.com/assemblies for more information.

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