Building Youth Media Capacity

 
$4,155
$5,845
Raised
Remaining

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.

IMG_5568

IMG_5605

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.

IMG_5618

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.

IMG_5560

IMG_5545

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. 

IMG_5466

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. 

IMG_5478

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! 

IMG_5495

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! 

Postcards from Argentina
Postcards from Argentina

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 help to  ignite youth creativity around the world.

Postcards from Argentina

As part of their Media Program, Youth from Argentina worked together to not only create inspiring media pieces but also to find a way to share their inspiring messages with as many people as possible. As part of their yearly exhibition, the youth decided to create a series of postcards that featured their media pieces. The postcards were shared with those near and far and were a huge success in helping spread the word of youth creativity. 

Storyboarding in Toronto

Earlier this year the TakingITGlobal Team had the opportunity of facilitating a Storyboarding workshop for youth in Downtown Toronto. During the workshop, the youth learned more about the purpose of story boards, the elements of story boards, and how to go about creating their own boards for short films. Youth worked in groups to narrow their ideas for their media projects and brainstorm on the message, characters, scenes, and visual cues of their storyboards. The workshop was a hug success and resulted in the creation of truly inspiring media pieces. 

Youth As Story Tellers

Last month, a number of our youth created media pieces had the honor of being featured prominently in the Ontario Council for International Cooperation's yearly magazine. This year's magazine focused on the State of the World's Youth and examined how art can be used to help youth deal with global issues. TakingITGlobal had the opportunity of speaking at the Magazine Launch Party about the importance of youth expression through Art and Technology.

Storyboarding in Toronto
Storyboarding in Toronto
Youth As Story Tellers
Youth As Story Tellers

About Project Reports

Project Reports on GlobalGiving are posted directly to globalgiving.org by Project Leaders as they are completed, generally every 3-4 months. To protect the integrity of these documents, GlobalGiving does not alter them; therefore you may find some language or formatting issues.

If you donate to this project or have donated to this project, you will get an e-mail when this project posts a report. You can also subscribe for reports via e-mail without donating or by subscribing to this project's RSS feed.

donate now:

Make a monthly recurring donation on your credit card. You can cancel at any time.
Make a donation in honor or memory of:
What kind of card would you like to send?
How much would you like to donate?
  • $10
    give
  • $50
    give
  • $100
    give
  • $250
    give
  • $500
    give
  • $1,000
    give
  • $10
    each month
    give
  • $50
    each month
    give
  • $100
    each month
    give
  • $250
    each month
    give
  • $500
    each month
    give
  • $1,000
    each month
    give
  • $
    give
gift Make this donation a gift, in honor of, or in memory of someone?

Organization

Taking IT Global

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

Project Leader

Kareen Matushek

Toronto, Ontario Canada

Where is this project located?