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