Far Northeast Denver: A Self Empowered Community

Youth in  Far Northeast Denver ask residents to talk about their community

On April 26th Steps to Success teamed up with Signal of Expression--a local youth group focused on uniting the Montbello and Green Valley Ranch neighborhoods through art--to produce a short documentary about life in Far Northeast Denver as part of the international project, One Day on Earth

One Day on Earth started in September of 2008 with the goal of creating a unique worldwide media event where thousands of participants would simultaneously film over a 24-hour period. The idea for the project was conceived while watching musicians from different regions of the world collaborate on stage at the opening night of the 2008 World festival of Sacred Music. Their initial attempts to create music together were awkward, and it was clear that they had never collaborated prior to this moment. Eventually though, over the period of a couple minutes, what was disharmony became harmony, and a beautiful fusion of music came together for the first time. The moment inspired a similar vision for another universal form of communication—cinema.

Our team joined the Denver Broncos Boys & Girls Club for this year's Race Against Violence, where we asked residents of Far Northeast Denver how they felt about their community. This film was developed, filmed and edited by Denver youth.