President Barack H. Obama announced today that the American Film Institute (AFI) and SAG-AFTRA will launch mentorship programs aimed at the next generation of entertainment professionals. Speaking at the second annual White House Student Film Festival on Friday, March 20, 2015, he said the groups will work alongside the federal agency that leads his United We Serve program with a goal of one million mentor hours in the next three years. A number of big names from the biz attended the event at the White House — which featured the announcement of A Call to Arts: The One Million Mentor Hours Pledge — including Steve McQueen, Hilary Swank, Will Packer and J.J. Abrams.
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