Dear Friends of Student Body of America Association, I founded the Student Body of America Association in 2011 because I believe that everyone with hopes and dreams in America deserves the opportunity to achieve in education and realize their full potential. At the time, the...Read More
Student Body of America Association (SBAA) has filmed the Corazón de Vida (CDV) Foundation for the documentary Project Pay It Forward. Amy Mintz of SBAA and the film production crew accompanied CDV and over 50 volunteers on their monthly bus trip to document the...Read More
Catch the highlights from our first filming location in Manhattan. Dr. J. Buzz Von Ornsteiner interviewed Dr. Allan Luks at Fordham University and Dr. Stephen Post from Stony Brook University. Kim DeJesus interviewed Camilla Hammer, Program Manager of the Battery Urban Farm of...Read More
Student Body of America Association produced The Fallen American Dream documentary to increase the awareness and offer viable solutions to the widespread difficulties facing students today, including the high cost of college education and lack of opportunities in the job...Read More
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Student Body of America Association has received three grants to help fund Project Pay it Forward, a documentary film and PSA series to inspire the youth to realize their true potential to make the world a better place.
These generous contributions from the Change Happen Foundation, Office Depot Foundation and Enterprise Holdings Foundation will help fund production costs of Project Pay it Forward and encourage the youth to volunteer and participate in community service.
“We are very grateful for these gifts”, said Amy Mintz, President of Student Body of America Association, “with this grant money we will be able to move forward the Project Pay it Forward program and involve the youth in taking action to support good causes.”
Project Pay It Forward is a documentary film featuring grassroots nonprofit organizations and individuals helping other people and uplifting their communities, illustrating with real stories the scientific evidence that proves paying it forward can and does work to change the world, and yourself.
Currently in production, thus far Student Body of America Association has filmed in the following locations:
• The Battery Conservancy’s Urban Farm at Battery Park in Manhattan,
• Center for Nonprofit Leadership at Fordham University,
• Stony Brook University’s Manhattan Campus,
• Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis, and
• Casa Hogar Sion Orphanage in Mexico with the Corazón de Vida Foundation.
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The Fallen American Dream is a documentary on America’s challenges with college affordability and its declining job market during a time of national crisis and global change. We produced this film to increase the awareness and educate the public of the widespread difficulties facing students today, including the high cost of college education and lack of opportunities in the job market that have resulted in the $1 trillion student debt crisis.
September 11, 2013–In late 2011, student loan debt reached a catastrophic $1 trillion in America and continued to rise, as did countless headlines broadcasting the latest depressing milestones and Congressional actions (or lack thereof). These articles never fail to grab attention with alarming statistics that announce the average debt amounts, number of delinquencies and percentage of Generation Y unemployed and living at home as they struggle to make student loan payments.
But beyond the copious amounts of data gathered by government and crunched by organizations, there has been a very personal approach to this topic, showing the human faces behind the statistics. Many student loan borrowers want to share their stories and publish personal narratives in online newspapers and blogs. Unlike the people who quietly left their homes during the foreclosure crisis, many people with student debt want to be heard. Of course, these are very different scenarios. People can walk away from their homes. They can’t walk away from student loans, though, not even in bankruptcy.
Student Body of America Association (SBAA), a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, produced a documentary film about this country’s challenges with the high cost of college education and student loan debt that escalated to devastating heights after the recession ravaged the job market. Titled The Fallen American Dream, the documentary focuses on the perspective of student loan borrowers whose lives are so affected by this debt that the promise of the American Dream is called into question by a generation.