As a humanitarian, Red takes pride in giving back to the community. His outreach program “Don’t Shoot Guns, Shoot Cameras” is a violence intervention and a Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) based hybrid program operated by the Hustler’s Guild. The program introduces students (ages 12 to 17) to the fundamentals of filmmaking while incorporating “SEL” principles of self-awareness, self-management, responsible decision making, social awareness, and relationship skills. Students will complete DSGSC having gained technical skills to creatively express themselves through film, as well as valuable emotional skills to positively impact their everyday lives.
I am honored to have the pleasure of introducing our 2021 commencement speaker, Mr. Rodney “Red” Grant. You may recognize him from TV and movies, as he is best known as a comedian, producer, and entertainer. However, we invited him here today because of his humanitarian efforts and his passion for DC youth and education. Red is a proud DC Native and has made it his mission to give back to the community that raised him. He volunteers as a football coach, he walks the streets of the city talking to residents about their concerns, and he recently announced his candidacy for Mayor of Washington DC. Without further ado, please join me in welcoming to the stage, Mr. Rodney “Red” Grant.
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