Building Youth Media Capacity

 
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The Youth Media Team at TakingITGlobal would like to extend sincerest thanks for your generosity in supporting young change makers around the world to creatively express themselves using digital media. Here is an update of what our inspiring youth projects are working on and how their work is being appreciated and exhibited around the world: 

This summer TakingITGlobal hosted its very first youth media exhibition in Rio de Janeiro, to showcase and celebrate the work created by youth from around Rio and Brazil. On June 23rd 2015 the youth participants and educators of TakingITGlobal’s partner sites in Rio were invited to exhibit their projects and check out what their colleagues created throughout the semester. Family and friends of the youth artists were also invited to share in the celebration.

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Over the past 6 months, youth ages 13 to 18, were prompted to create digital media pieces that reflect their perspective on social issues that affect them, their communities and the city they live in. Our eleven partner sites in Brazil worked with underprivileged youth from the cities of Rio de Janeiro, Curitiba, Salvador, Fortaleza and Recife to help them strengthen skills such as critical thinking, communication, collaboration, and creativity, by producing meaningful digital media art.

The Mangueira Samba School Committee kindly offered to host the celebration so that TakingITGlobal could run this event in a place that is meaningful to this audience! The guests were greeted at the central area of Quadra da Mangueira, where AREVAH`s artwork was showcased. This collection, created by youth from Ilha do Governador community, aimed to expose sides of Rio de Janeiro that the main media will not usually show.

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 “Our kids wanted to visually show how they see the city, that there are two faces of Rio de Janeiro: one for the rich and one for the poor. We don't see that being discussed much on TV or in movies. So we wanted to show it ourselves. Some art pieces look at this issue from a more rational perspective, showing the pain that it causes for everyone living in the city, be them rich or poor, but some art pieces carry hopeful messages, such as appreciation for the popular spaces, or favelas, love for their community, and an invitation for people to unite and work together for a more beautiful, more equal, and safer Rio de Janeiro” Explained AREVAH`s AYV Educator, Angelo Oliveira.

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The youth artists had a chance to introduce their work, talk about what inspired them to pick each topic, and answer questions from the audience after the screening of each project. The audience carried terrific discussions and shared their diverse points of view over the issues being discussed. It was impressive to see how the topics selected by the youth were topics that spoke to the hearts of many of those in the room. Topics that were discussed ranged from homelessness, women empowerment, abortion, public transit, the importance of art and dance for underprivileged youth, preservation of natural resources and life in the favela.

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By promoting this program and this event, TakingITGlobal gave room to empower and connect youth from different underprivileged communities giving them an opportunity to explore topics they care about and communicate their perspective on these issues to an audience that understands and lives with these issues. The presence of an audience that genuinely became engaged with the art comes to show that the youth perspective is valuable and rich.

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With the help of TakingITGlobal, these organizations and educators will now be able to host their own exhibitions, promote debates in their communities, and create new projects in a sustainable way, to keep empowering youth to explore and communicate the issues that they really care about. By using creativity and having a safe place to share their thoughts with educators they trust, these youth were able to create inspiring and thought instigating artwork that they can show to their communities, locally and globally!

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The Youth Media Team at TakingITGlobal would like to extend sincerest thanks for your generosity in supporting young change makers around the world to creatively express themselves using digital media. Here is an update of some of our inspiring youth projects and how their work is being appreciated and exhibited around the world.

Over the past year, TakingITGlobal's Youth Media Team has been working with youth organizations around the world to  develop global partnerships through our Global Collaboration Program. The aim of the program is to partner youth from different countries to work together to create media pieces about social issues they are passionate about. The hope is that not only will youth be able to produce media together but also to learn more about each others cultures and histories and to be part of a global knowledge exchange. This year's program saw five collaborations with organizations from eight different countries. Over 200 youth participated in the program to create a total of 10 media pieces. 

Haiti and United States Partnership 

One of the more successful partnerships was between sites based in Haiti and the United States. Both youth groups were passionate about water and marine conservation and so decided to focus their project on that topic. The students sent videos to each other introducing their organizations and how they wanted to tackle the issue. The youth decided to create a Public Service Announcement that would focus on the destruction of marine life by local Haiti Fisherman. After months of collaboration and communication via email and Facebook, the students were able to complete their PSA. The Collaborative PSA is scheduled to air on local Haitian television in the next few weeks.  

 

 

Mexico and Canada Collaboration 

The collaboration between youth in Saskatoon, Canada and Mexico City, Mexico focused on the exchange of daily life experiences between the two groups. As the Canadian youth compiled their videos with the support of their educator, the youth from Mexico took a far more interesting approach choosing to use their phones and tablets to film raw snippets of their daily lives and share them directly via email. This documentation of daily life became a powerful instrument for cultural exchange between the youth in both locations as they were exposed to different cultures and the daily lives of young people in different cities.

Macedonia and Belarus Collaboration 

The theme for this collaboration was Hopes and Dreams of Young People as youth from Veles, Macedonia and Minsk, Belarus worked together to brainstorm and storyboard ideas for the project. This theme initiated many discussions amongst the youth from both organizations. Students met online for live brainstorming sessions where they were able to further develop their ideas and complete their storyboards. Through this collaboration, the sites were able to produce three posters that focused on Friendship, Music, and Travelling.  

This year's Global Collaboration Project was an exciting experience not only for the youth and organizations involved but also for the entire TakingITGlobal Youth Media Team. We would like to thank all the youth and educators involved in this year's project and we look forward to continuing to facilitate youth collaborations around the globe in the future. 

The Youth Media Team at TakingITGlobal would like to extend sincerest thanks for your generosity in supporting young change makers around the world to creatively express themselves using digital media. Here is an update of some of our inspiring youth projects and how their work is being appreciated and exhibited around the world. 

At TakingITGlobal, we not only strive to build youth media capacity but also to exhibit and showcase the impressive work created by the youth in our programs. Our Youth Media team is committed to getting our youth’s media pieces as much exposure and recognition as possible. Over the past few months we’ve had some amazing opportunities to attend international events where we could exhibit and highlight our youth’s work. 

Humanicy: The Human Side of Diplomacy 

On December 4th 2014, TakingITGlobal was invited to take part in the United Nation’s Humanicy Conference in New York City. The Conference brought together artists, musicians, filmmakers, politicians and diplomats from around the world. The purpose of the conference was to examine the intersection between arts, diplomacy and heightened social consciousness. The two-day event was the perfect platform for us to share and showcase our youth’s media pieces.

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In addition, to our youth media exhibition, TakingITGlobal Executive Director, Jennifer Corriero, was invited to speak on one of the event’s Visual Arts Panels. The panel topic examined ‘What moves us to Take It Global. From Arts to Social Action.’ Jennifer spoke of the importance of giving youth the opportunity and space to express themselves through art. She spoke of how TakingITGlobal through our Youth Media Programs has been able to reach thousands of youth worldwide to afford them this opportunity. Not only was it a privilege for us to exhibit our youth’s media pieces at this extraordinary conference but it was also a powerful reassurance of how vital and significant it is to continue building youth media capacity around the world.

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International Civil Society Week 

In November 2014, TakingITGlobal had the opportunity to host our very first youth media exhibition in Africa. Our Youth Media Program was invited to take part in the International Civil Society Conference held in Johannesburg, South Africa. The conference brought together innovation leaders, inspired thinkers and influential organizations to examine and discuss Citizen Action and People Power. Youth ambassadors and organizations from over 100 countries around the world attended the conference with the majority of delegates coming from throughout Africa. Careful consideration was put into deciding which of our media pieces would be exhibited at the event and which themes would have the biggest impact on this diverse audience. Since a major aspect of the conference was South Africa’s 20th Anniversary of Democracy, we decided to showcase media pieces that would be pertinent to an African audience. Images included those dealing with HIV/AIDS, animal abuse, violence, social inequality and poverty.

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The response to our programming and youth media pieces was overwhelmingly positive. We were able to showcase our youth’s work to an entirely new audience and were inspired by how many organizations approached us about bringing our youth media programs to youth communities around Africa.  It was an honor to be a part of ICSW and seeing all the potential for building youth media capacity in Africa and around the Globe. 

The Youth Media Team at TakingITGlobal would like to extend sincerest thanks for your generosity in supporting young change makers around the world to creatively express themselves using digital media. Here is an update of what our inspiring youth projects are working on and how their work is being appreciated and exhibited around the world: 

 Celebrating Global Dignity Day 

On October 15th 2014, the TakingITGlobal Youth Media Team had the opportunity to join students at Fieldcrest Elementary School as they celebrated Global Dignity Day. The day was filled with stories of dignity, what it means to different people and how we can ensure that everyone leads a dignified life. Global Dignity Day is celebrated by youth around the world to help create a more positive, inclusive and interconnected society. 

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This year, students at Fieldcrest spent the day participating in different activities related to dignity. One of these activities was hosted by the TakingITGlobal team and asked the students to share their stories and messages of dignity through media. Students were divided into pairs with each pair given a word that related to dignity that would inspire their short films. Using Mobile Apps, students worked to explain what dignity means to them through film. 

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Before sharing their short films with the class, students spent some time discussing how important issues can be conveyed through media and film. The TakingITGlobal team shared some powerful art pieces with the youth and asked what they thought of the pieces and the messages behind them. The students were very moved and inspired by the artworks. Students then had an opportunity to present their short films and messages to the class. We are excited to be able to share some of these great short films about dignity here: 

We would like to thank the students and teachers and Fieldcrest Elementary for allowing the TakingITGlobal Youth Media Team to be a part of their Global Dignity Day Celebrations! 

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Youth Participants of the 2014 Toronto Film Camp
Youth Participants of the 2014 Toronto Film Camp

The Youth Media Team at TakingITGlobal would like to extend sincerest thanks for your generosity in supporting young change makers around the world to creatively express themselves using digital media. Here is an update of what our inspiring youth projects are working on and how their work is being appreciated and exhibited around the world: 

Toronto Film Camp 

On July 14th, 18 youth from around Toronto had the opportunity to participate in a weeklong free film camp. The camp helped youth develop their creative confidence while at the same time teaching and guiding them through the film making process. Through the sponsorship of the Adobe Foundation and in partnership with the National Film Board of Canada, youth learned the ins and outs of film making and worked hard throughout the week to create their very own films. 

Youth were divided into 4 groups of 5, with each group working with their own Media Mentor to tackle a social issues that they felt passionate about. Pre-production saw the youth work together to storyboard their films and plan their shots for the upcoming days. Production day was extremely exciting as the youth took to the streets of Toronto to start shooting their films. By pre-production day the pressure was on as all teams only had a few hours to edit their films and submit their final media pieces. 

On the final day of camp, youth had the opportunity to participate in a presentation workshop where they not only learnt how to present their films but they were also able to create movie posters to help promote their works. After a busy week of filming, it was time to celebrate the youth's accomplishments. Family, friends and VIPs were invited to the 2014 Art and Innovation Festival hosted at the Art Gallery of Ontario. It was an exciting evening as youth spoke about their films and presented them to the enthusiastic audience.

The 2014 Film Camp was a truely unforgettable experience both for the youth involved and for the entire TakingITGlobal team. We are so honored and proud to be able to share the final films with you! 

We hope that you are inspired by these amazing films and by the passionate youth that created them! 

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Taking IT Global

Toronto, Ontario, Canada
http://www.tigweb.org

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Kareen Matushek

Toronto, Ontario Canada

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