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Your 2015 JLY Films’ Story

JLY NEW YEARS '16

As we welcome in a shiny new 2016, we wanted to take a moment to reflect on you.

What did your support mean to JLY Films in 2015?

yes is a world
& in this world of yes live
(skillfully curled)
all worlds

― E.E. Cummings

In 2015, you said yes to JLY films and in doing so uncurled a more caring and compassionate world.

Look what you made happen in 2015!

Because you said yes to JLY Films, this year the Television Academy of Arts and Sciences awarded us not one but two MidAmerica Regional Emmy Awards gaining us respect and recognition in our field and opening doors to new productions and modes of distribution.  Your support made this happen.

Over 38 million people in Poland will have the opportunity to learn about, better understand and acquire the skills to accept their family, friends and community members living with autism.   We are celebrating the new year by launching Just Like You – Autyzm – Polish Translation.  Your support made this happen.

We produced an anti-bullying pledge video that prompted thousands of kids to make a personal pledge to end bullying.  We re so proud of YAB members and Shawnee Mission East Students, Julie Bond, Grace Chisholm, Emily Frigon, Holly Frigon, Kyle O’Neill and Collin Wendel for leading an auditorium of students and parents in taking the pledge.  And, we were amazed at the efforts of YAB member, Emerson DeBasio, for leading a campaign in Blue Valley North High School’s media department to make their own JLY Anti-bullying videos.

AMC theatres honored us with its 2015 AMC Cares grant.  And, with those funds we produced an MidAmerica Emmy award winning commercial, You’re Invited,  that was viewed thousands of time on cable channels across the midwest sending the message that we are all invited when it comes to understanding and accepting each other.

We are taking our production of Just Like You – Facial Anomalies to new levels by bringing on incredible partnering producers with not only national but international reach.  Thanks to the efforts of co-producer, Emily Eckles, we created new partnerships with Lisa Lori, of the Three Little Bears Organization, Operation Smile, Hannah Storm Foundation.  We are days away from a final draft of the script and have already begun shooting.  Click here for a sneak peak.

We have created incredible new alliances with organizations in other countries the Polish Autism Society, Icelandic Down Syndrome Association and Russian Down Syndrome and Autism Organizations.

This year more than ever, we have had a presence in our local community especially in our local news.  Thanks to the efforts of Alexis Del Cid and Robb Yagmin.  Alexis Del Cid, our MC of the Power of Film event, managed to put together a package for KCTV 5 and also spearheaded the efforts that led to us being awarded the KCTV 5 Take 5 to Care Grant.

Finally, you said yes to uncurling the world of diabetes and the 2015 Power of Film.  And, thanks to Anya Holmes and Wendy Zoog, our event co-chairs, the most generous honorary chairs to date, Jane and Bob Druten, all time high corporate sponsorships, a dedicated committee of volunteers and the momentum built by René and John Meara, Holly Mihalovich and Liz Orr – – Just Like You – Diabetes is fully funded and ready to begin production in 2016!!  And, we are off to a great start with the announcement of outstanding chairs for our 2016 Power of Film Event – Emily Eckles and Julie Bichelmeyer.

We can’t wait to see what 2016 will bring.  Amazing things we’re sure.

All because you said yes to JLY Films.

We’re truly grateful for all of your support in 2015 and we look forward to continuing to use the power of films to create a more caring and compassionate world in 2016 and beyond.

Truly,

Jen Greenstreet, CEO, Founder and Filmmaker

Just Like You Films’ Board of Directors and Officers, Emily Baldwin, Gary Brock, Kevin Cates, Kyle Claypool, Vanessa Connell, Alexis Del Cid, Amanda Durkin, Sally Ehrich, RN, Chris Greenstreet, Bill Hans, Anya Holmes, Marcia Jacelone, Laura Jones, Rene Meara, Laura Perin, Robb Yagmin

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Just Like You Films Wins National Education Award

Jen Greenstreet of Just Like You Films accepting 2014 Education Award from National Down Syndrome Congress

Jen Greenstreet of Just Like You Films accepting 2014 Education Award from National Down Syndrome Congress

The National Down Syndrome Congress (NDSC) presented Just Like You Films of Kansas City, Mo. with the 2014 Education Award at the NDSC’s 42nd Annual Convention in Indianapolis on July 12, 2014. The non-profit film company received the Education Award for the film “Just Like You – Down Syndrome.” The NDSC is the oldest organization in the U.S. devoted to individuals with or impacted by Down syndrome.

Just Like You Films is a non-profit organization that creates films and materials aimed at educating the local and global community about difficult subjects, including childhood cancer, burns, Down syndrome, and autism. Just Like You Films collaborated with the Down Syndrome Guild of Kansas City to create and produce “Just Like You – Down Syndrome.”

According to the NDSC Board of Directors, “The ‘Just Like You – Down Syndrome’ film has proven to be a wonderful tool for promoting inclusion and acceptance in the community. The film is particularly helpful to education professionals who want to teach inclusive values within the school setting.”

“It is an incredible honor to receive this award, especially because it comes from an organization whose purpose is to create a national climate that embraces and values people with Down syndrome,” said Just Like You Films’ Founder & CEO Jen Greenstreet. “This mission of Just Like You Films is to help raise a new generation of kids who are more compassionate and connected. This award is a testament to the power of film and education.”

Founded in in 2009, Just Like You Films has produced five documentary-style films featuring children with burns, caner, Down syndrome and autism (release Fall 2014). The films are told from the perspective of the children and demonstrate how they are not defined or limited by their conditions.

Inclusive Schools Week – December 2nd – 6th

Down Syndrome Inclusive Schools Week

‘Tis the season for equality and education! The 13th Annual Inclusive Schools Week, sponsored by Inclusive School Networks, is celebrated December 2-6 in classrooms, school, and communities throughout the world. As the year comes to a close, take some time to learn more about how you can help support children with disabilities.

This special event supports the progress and planning of educational inclusion within schools, and encourages quality education to all students, including those who are marginalized due to disability, gender, ethnicity, geography and language. Following the journey from “Awareness to Action,” schools celebrate this week by purchasing Celebration Kits which include tools to help meet the needs of children with disabilities and diverse backgrounds through inclusive educational practices.

Although this event occurs during this week, Inclusive Schools Network offers materials to schools and communities that they could use year-round to promote awareness and the importance of inclusive education.

As a charity specializing in showing people how we are all more alike than different, Just Like You Films is proud to support the Inclusive Schools Week cause. View our video below on Down Syndrome to learn more!

Learn more about Inclusive Schools Week today!