“All my life I haven’t been allowed to touch a $1,000 or $3,000 camera. I wasn’t taught how to use those things,” said Jaden Mills, of South east of San Diego.
SAN DIEGO — Game Face Academy students were at University City High School’s Q-bowl championship on Saturday, getting hands-on experience with cameras while learning more about videography and sports production.
“All my life I haven’t been allowed to touch a $1,000 or $3,000 camera. I wasn’t taught how to use those things,” said Jaden Mills, a youth from 23 years old from southeast San Diego.
Through the Game Face Academy, Mills has gained hands-on experience with expensive cameras over the past seven years.
He and a few other students were shooting a video from upstairs in the press box to downstairs on the soccer field for the U.S. Youth Soccer Championship.
“They teach young people in areas that don’t have those opportunities. You’ll learn from the get-go what lenses do, how to use cameras, how to position yourself at events, and how to interact with someone near you. , “said Mills.
“All you need to have is the desire to learn. We would love for anyone who is interested in learning this career, software editing and taking pictures. We want to inspire the next generation, and we use these events to show them how it’s done,” said program director Kenny Kay.
They don’t just learn new skills; they’re also being paid for through a $50,000 community grant from San Diego District Attorney Summer Stephan.
“I’m so grateful for what she’s done. Our city is better and our youth are better! Thank you, Summer Stephan, thank you so much,” Key said.
“I just started my own business on Tuesday, which has changed my life,” Mills said.
To register for the Game Face Academy, click here.
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