The First Day Film Grant2021-10-08T16:19:12-04:00

The First Day Film Grants

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The First Day Film

The First Day Film Grants

Partnership to End Addiction and Cigna present in association with Herren Talks and Chris Herren a Hock Films Production, The First Day film.

Through the generosity of corporate sponsorships and private foundations, Herren Project is grateful for the opportunity to provide The First Day film grants to 12 schools. School grants include the film and educational materials developed to support the themes presented within the film including a toolkit for educators and (4) lesson plans for high school and middle school students that are aligned with the common core curriculum.

The grant cycle will open on August 16 and close on October 1, 2021. Scholarship recipients will be announced on October 8, 2021.

By applying for this grant you agree to complete a program information sheet and detailed survey following the program implementation to measure impact and reach.

Apply
The First Day Film

The First Day Film Grants

Partnership to End Addiction and Cigna present in association with Herren Talks and Chris Herren a Hock Films Production, The First Day film.

Through the generosity of corporate sponsorships and private foundations, Herren Project is grateful for the opportunity to provide The First Day film grants to 12 schools. School grants include the film and educational materials developed to support the themes presented within the film including a toolkit for educators and (4) lesson plans for high school and middle school students that are aligned with the common core curriculum.

The grant cycle will open on August 16 and close on October 1, 2021. Scholararship recipients will be announced on Octber 8, 2021.

By applying for this grant you agree to complete a program information sheet and detailed survey following the program implementation to measure impact and reach.

Apply

Film Overview
Chris Herren, former professional basketball player, author and wellness advocate, has shared his story of recovery with over 1 million people nationwide since 2009. With the goal of expanding the reach of his message, in 2018 Chris teamed with Emmy Award winning director, Jonathan Hock to film and create The First Day.

Filmed at public and private high schools over the course of a year, The First Day chronicles Chris Herren’s journey revealing stories of struggle and strength and his profound connections with high school students who, in turn, have shared their stories of struggle and strength. Through the power of storytelling, The First Day addresses issues that school systems, communities and people across the country are impacted by, directly or indirectly, each day including substance use, other harmful behaviors and mental wellness.

Film Resources
To accompany the film, a discussion guide and educational materials have been created. The discussion guide includes information for screenings, discussion starters, education and support resources. A teacher toolkit and common core aligned lesson plans, activities and handouts for middle and high school students were developed as educational materials to support the film themes.

To view the trailer or for more information visit: thefirstdayfilm.com.

Film Overview
Chris Herren, former professional basketball player, author and wellness advocate, has shared his story of recovery with over 1 million people nationwide since 2009. With the goal of expanding the reach of his message, in 2018 Chris teamed with Emmy Award winning director, Jonathan Hock to film and create The First Day.

Filmed at public and private high schools over the course of a year, The First Day chronicles Chris Herren’s journey revealing stories of struggle and strength and his profound connections with high school students who, in turn, have shared their stories of struggle and strength. Through the power of storytelling, The First Day addresses issues that school systems, communities and people across the country are impacted by, directly or indirectly, each day including substance use, other harmful behaviors and mental wellness.

Film Resources
To accompany the film, a discussion guide and educational materials have been created. The discussion guide includes information for screenings, discussion starters, education and support resources. A teacher toolkit and common core aligned lesson plans, activities and handouts for middle and high school students were developed as educational materials to support the film themes.

To view the trailer or for more information visit: thefirstdayfilm.com.

Past Winners

Herren Project Student Scholarships

Scholarships & Grants
In an effort to give back to schools and communities nationwide, Herren Project offers scholarships and grants specifically for high school seniors, after-prom and graduation events, and for The First Day film.

Herren Project Wellness Week with Herren

Wellness Week with Herren
WWWH is a nationwide prevention initiative and wellness movement to prevent the misuse of substances, empower those affected by the disease of addiction and encourage overall wellbeing.

Herren Project Student Resources

Student Resources
Get the answers you need. Herren Project has compiled a list of trusted resources related to substance use, mental health and wellness. Our licensed clinicians are also available to answer your questions.

Herren Project Student Scholarships

Scholarships & Grants
In an effort to give back to schools and communities nationwide, Herren Project offers scholarships and grants specifically for high school seniors, after-prom and graduation events, and for The First Day film.

Herren Project Wellness Week with Herren

Wellness Week with Herren
WWWH is a nationwide prevention initiative and wellness movement to prevent the misuse of substances, empower those affected by the disease of addiction and encourage overall wellbeing.

Herren Project Student Resources

Student Resources
Get the answers you need. Herren Project has compiled a list of trusted resources related to substance use, mental health and wellness. Our licensed clinicians are also available to answer your questions.

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