NORTH HOLLYWOOD ( — The next generation of great storytellers is being trained in the Southland.

CBS and the Young Storytellers Foundation have teamed up to guide under-served children in creating new worlds with their own words.

“This is a fantastic moment for me,” said Lucy, one of the participants during Thursday’s showcase in North Hollywood.

For seven weeks, Lucy and her mentor Jeanie Mau have been working on her script at Rio Vista Elementary School.

“I think this program is phenomenal in flourishing writers, allowing them to have a creative voice, and building their confidence,” Mau said.

Lucy and her classmates have been working with writers, producers and actors, honing their skills.

Some are members of the CBS Diversity Council.

“The mentor is usually from the entertainment industry and they guide that young person through the process of them creating their own screenplay,” one woman explained.

“Just seeing them have a good time, seeing them learning things actually, and then seeing them enjoy the show basically. It’s fun,” Feikamoh Massaquoi, an actor, said.

The Young Storytellers Foundation hopes to continue expanding their program to other schools in Southern California.


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