By Joliz Cedeño
A junior at Benjamin Banneker Academy in Brooklyn, Kendell Francis originally joined GK’s Playing 4 Keeps (P4K) program as a way to gain community service credit while practicing an activity he already loved: video games. However, since joining P4K, Kedell say his perspective has changed. “P4K is helping me think about how I view the world. It’s helping me re-evaluate my relationship with media. Now I think about what I can do to affect the media and teach others.” With the support of Global Kids trainers, he has even begun to look at collegiate programs in game design. Kendell says his goal is “to focus on building more realistic games that address everyday issues.” Playing 4 Keeps emphasizes social impact game design as a tool for exploring issues such as resource management, conflict and the influence of media on youth.