The Over My Shoulder Foundation is continuing our drive to spread the
importance of Mentoring through schools across the United States. We just had
John H. Reagan High School in Houston, TX which featured the incredible logo
designs by the students of David Messina. Now we are continuing our efforts on
the video front. Over My Shoulder is joining efforts with students in Wakefield,
Massachusetts at Wakefield High school and Video Production teacher Jonathan Berecz
to bring Mentorology video style into the hands of students.
As a graduate of the class of 1992 at Wakefield High School I decided to
go back to my roots where Jonathan and I were a part of the first video production
class that was taught by our mentor, Jude Daley. It was a class of about eight
students and we loved every minute of it. We wanted to spend every waking hour
shooting footage or editing in our small eight foot by eight foot editing suite.
Now with Jonathan’s knowledge and skills he has become a mentor to many of his
180 students. The classes are now broken up into three levels. Beginners, mostly
freshmen, average, and advanced classes.
Together the Over My Shoulder Foundation and Wakefield High School are going
to have the students create short two to three minute PSA’s (Public Service Announcements)
regarding how mentoring has changed lives, different short productions on what they think
mentoring is to them, and how their life might be different if they had a mentor. The
students will be tackling subjects that touch base with each and every student that walk
the halls of every high school across the country. In addition, the students are going
to have experiences with hands on events that the Over My Shoulder Foundation plan on doing
in the near future. It will give the kids firsthand knowledge on working on a professional
video shoots that will be shown on You Tube and the Over My Shoulder Web Site.
Jonathan says, “I look forward to working with Russ and the Over My Shoulder Foundation,
it will be a great opportunity for my students to see the production world outside of the high
school and to be able to apply skills to real world applications.” “With both Russ and I
coming from the same high school program, I feel that speaks volumes about the level of
training and mentoring that we received as students. Now it is our turn to mentor the next
generation of videographers and photographers.”
We are very excited to be joining forces with Jonathan Berecz and the students
at Wakefield High School and look forward to showing you all the cool and creative mentorology
videos that they create.