At the Table: U.S. Students Make their First Videos

Editor’s Note: At the Table is an international exchange program that connects high school students in Philadelphia and Riga. The program, undertaken by the National Constitution Center in collaboration with the National History Museum of Latvia, will culminate in two service projects and a collaborative documentary film about civic engagement.

The students have been given camera equipment and extensive basic media training in order to make short pieces of visual content documenting the people and events that tell the story of civic engagement in their countries. U.S. student Gabriel Nieto makes his first audio slideshow chronicling the story of one student’s struggle, Chamira Nelson, to overcome life in a violent neighborhood through poetry.

At the Table: Connecting Culture, Conversation and Service in Latvia and the U.S. was funded in part by a grant from the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs in collaboration with American Association of Museums. The opinions, findings and conclusions stated herein are those of the author[s] and do not necessarily reflect those of the U.S. Department of State.

Training and equipment provided by the Dorrance H. Hamilton Public Media Commons.