Doing It for Me provides a look into the lives of two young DC women, Jessica and Victoria, who lose their way in the traditional school system for personal and family reasons. When their best friend of many years, Precious Lambert, became deeply concerned that Jessica and Victoria were becoming ‘lost,’ she decided to do something about it through the youth documentary program at Sitar Arts Center. Precious and her classmates use the process of creating a documentary to help tell their story and along the way, chart a new direction for Jessica and Victoria’s future.
The story shows how friendship, peer mentors, flexible programs and school environments can create a strong support system to combat feelings of anger and isolation that may lead to dropping out of high school. The film challenges common misperceptions and stereotypes of high school dropouts and reveals the complex situations that impact student decisions about dropping out of school.