YOUthFILM Seeks Volunteers

The YOUthFILM Project allows elementary, middle and high school students from all over Oregon and SW Washington to show off their creativity, knowledge and skills by producing short films on a chosen civics' theme. The films are screened as part of the MBA Community Law Week celebration.

This year's theme is "Magna Carta: Symbol of Freedom Under Law."

The YOUthFILM Project Mentorship Program provides an opportunity for civically‐minded students to learn about the law from an attorney. As an attorney mentor, you will be matched with a group of student filmmakers to provide insight to the students on the law relevant to this year's theme, help the filmmakers develop ideas for their film, and assist with planning and organization. Technical filmmaking ability is not required. Educational materials regarding the Magna Carta will be provided, and so no additional research is necessary. 

Orientation for attorney filmmaker mentors will be held on February 18, from 6-7 p.m. in the classroom at the Standard Insurance Building, 900 SW 5th Ave., Portland. If you would like to volunteer your time as a mentor this year, please contact Amanda Loupin-Bartlett. This is a great opportunity to get involved and help encourage students to care about civics issues. For more information, please visit

All MBA members are also encouraged to mark their calendars for Thursday, April 29 at 6 p.m. for the 8th annual film screening of the YOUthFILM Project. This family-friendly event will take place at the Hollywood Theatre, and will highlight the students' films and give them a chance to see their work on the big screen. Special guest Justice Jack Landau of the Oregon Supreme Court will provide the keynote address and present awards to the winning filmmakers.

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