YMP 2015: Create to Inspire

Over twelve weeks a team of Comox Valley Youth were immersed in learning digital media-making and employability skills through the Comox Valley Art Gallery, resulting in a series of original videos created to inspire the Comox Valley. 

 

FILM SERIES Comox Valley Art GalleryThe Youth Media Project (YMP), sponsored by the Comox Valley Art Gallery through the Government of Canada’s Skills Link Program provided a range of new skills training for this year’s participants, some who faced real barriers to employment. This second project began mid-2015 and ended on September 6th, with a successful screening at the Stan Hagan Thaetre at NIC. It assisted youth in developing life and employability skills through group-based learning. The YMP featured workshops with guest media-makers as well as from the project partners: The Wachiay Friendship Center, Imagine Comox Valley and the Creative Employment Access Society, to name but a few.

Throughout the project youth received training in digital video production, graphic design and animation through the Comox Valley Art Gallery’s media lab, and engaged with key community leaders in discussions surrounding social justice, cultural heritage and community participation. The first part of the curriculum saw participants create individual video projects, aimed at providing inspiration to others. The second part of had participants placed with a variety of real clients, developing promotional video for them. Alongside the video production, participants developed an employment action-plan and resume/portfolio. By completing the program activities youth reportedly experienced reduced barriers to employment and increased ability to enter and participate in the labour market.

Imagine Comox Valley was delighted to play a role in this process and was deeply impressed with the quality of the productions and the ongoing development of this excellent initiative. Once again the participants raised the standards set before with a combination of community involvement, practical use for the media created, and by incorporating innovative and creative elements that reach beyond our part of the world. Have a look at the links below to view the videos on Youtube:

  1. Manos De La Comunidad by Gabriel Yordano
  2. Planting the Seeds of Knowledge by Gabriel Yordano
  3. Reasons to try Transit by Milo Bowman and Bernardo De La Torre
  4. Diversability by Kayla McDonald
  5. Cumberland Forest by Milo Bowman
  6. Sharing the Seeds of knowledge by Ashley Harris
  7. Lewis Park Totem Poles by Natasha Mary Sam
  8. Pressing Send by Atcha Burns
  9. Dogwood Initiative: Youth Voter Outreach by Alex Hallbom
  10. Tum Tum Whispers by Bernardo De La Torre
  11. Habitat for Humanity by Atcha Burns
  12. What is Love by Ashley Harris
  13. Let’s Jam! by Kayla McDonald
  14. Fecal Matters by Alex Hallbom
  15. You Are Not Alone (YANA) Outreach Video by Natasha Mary Sam

 

Alternatively you can show the Comox Valley Art Gallery some online love by viewing the entire playlist of videos on their Youtube Channel.

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The CVAG Youth Media Project Presents: Create to Inspire

 

An Evening of Video Works by Comox Valley Youth

 


Saturday September 5
Stan Hagan Theatre, North Island College
Doors at 6pm, Films start at 7pm – Free Admission


 

Each year the Comox Valley Art Gallery brings together a cohort of emerging filmmakers through the Youth Media Project. Participants engage in creating independent films that express their visions for change in the Comox Valley. Current work explores themes such as managing human waste, the real meaning of diversity, the affects of cyber bullying, the story of the Lewis Park totem poles, the importance of protecting the Cumberland forest, the meaning of love, and the story of a small town in Columbia that creates something out of nothing. Students work with community organizations to create short promo videos that will be screened as well. Refreshments will be served prior to the screening at 6:00pm when doors open.

Directions:

Click here to view Stan Hagan Theatre on the North Island College Campus Map
Click Here for directions to North Island College

 

youth media event poster 2015

 

YOUTH MEDIA PROJECT – Call for Youth Participants

Youth Media Project is a program for community action through media involving 9 participants between the ages of 16 – 30. For 12 weeks youth work as a team to create videos expressing their visions for change in the Comox Valley. The project welcomes all youth, including immigrant youth, Aboriginal youth, street-involved youth and others who face barriers to employment.


YOUTH PARTICIPANTS RECEIVE:
– Full-time minimum wage employment (12 Weeks)
– Experience in video production, graphic design & web development
– Consultations in career development

JOB POSTINGS:
Team Leader deadline May 27
Technician/Assistant deadline May 27
Employment and Skills Coordinator deadline May 27

CALL FOR APPLICATIONS:
Youth Participants deadine June 5


TO APPLY, PLEASE SUBMIT:
1. A letter of application describing your reasons for applying, your work and school experience and how this project is important to your future

2. Suggested: support material such as a resume, art work (photographs, writing, videos, etc.

 

INFO SESSION: Tuesday, June 2, 5:30pm at Comox Valley Art Gallery

Email your application to:
director@comoxvalleyartgallery.com
Or drop off your application to:

COMOX VALLEY ART GALLERY
580 Duncan Ave., Courtenay, BC
250.338.6211

This is a full-time 12 week program, Monday to Friday, 9:00am-3:30pm

This project is funded in part by the BC Arts Council
Partners: Wachiay Friendship Centre, Creative Employment Access Society, Imagine Comox Valley

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