The Korean American Coalition (KAC) is collaborating on a civic engagement project with high school and college students to produce a short documentary to elevate the status of Korean language, culture, and history. Under the guidance of KAC member and a film producer, Jay Koh, the students are learning the skills necessary to film and edit. Through ongoing mentoring by KAC members, the students are also learning communication skills necessary to secure interviews with politicians and other influential leaders in the community. They are learning to effectively manage projects and practice leadership. They are also learning soft skills, such as importance of writing thank you cards following interviews and how to work with others through hybrid modes of communication.
The students have interviewed the Mayor of Lynwood, King County Council member Rod Dembowski, and Governor Jay Inslee. They are planning to interview the Mayor of Bellevue and former Board Chair of the State Board of Education, among others.
In addition to filming interviews with influential leaders in Washington, the students have been also volunteering and filming community events celebrating Korean language, history and culture. They volunteered and filmed the Seattle Essay Contest Celebration and the Shoreline Arts Festival Explore Korea. (end)