Free video skills workshop on tap

A free local video workshop invites Canadian youth to speak out on global issues as part of a national contest.

  • Dec. 30, 2010 9:00 a.m.

A free local video workshop invites Canadian youth to speak out on global issues as part of a national contest.

The B.C. Council for International Co-operation (BCCIC) hosts a two-part free video skills workshop in the Comox Valley for youth who are active in community and social justice issues as part of the national Kaleidoscope Real World Video Challenge.

Organized by seven Provincial/Regional Councils for International Co-operation across Canada, Kaleidoscope is a forum for youth to reach their peers, communities and leaders by creating videos under five minutes in length, highlighting why they think active global citizenship is important and what makes them global citizens.

To support B.C. youth who are interested in entering the contest, BCCIC is hosting workshops in Comox Valley, Vancouver and Victoria during the month of January. The workshop in the Comox Valley runs Jan. 8 and 22 for a maximum of 15 participants.

To complete a registration form, go to the Kaleidoscope logo at www.bccic.ca and e-mail the completed form to programofficer@bccic.ca as soon as possible.

“This is an opportunity for youth who care about our world to share their ideas on a national stage,” said Rose Yewchuk, Kaleidoscope national co-ordinator.

“This is a really great contest. It opened my eyes about global issues and because I made a film that I shared with friends and family, it opened their eyes, too. It was a great way to get involved and spread the word about what is going on around the world,” one participant from the 2008 Kaleidoscope contest commented.

The contest will be open until March 31. First-place winners in each age category (ages 13 and younger and 14 to 18) will receive a video camera (or the equivalent value in cash up to $500) and a free trip to Ottawa in September 2011 to present their videos at the Kaleidoscope National Gala and Youth Conference.

The contest website (www.videochallenge.ca and/or www.defivideo.ca) offers background information about the Millennium Development Goals, links to resources that explain how to upload videos to the Internet, a selection of resources for youth to enhance their video production skills, and detailed information about the contest.

The Kaleidoscope Real World Video Challenge is a joint initiative of Provincial or Regional Councils for International Co-operation, acting collectively as the Inter-Council Network (ICN). In B.C., the B.C. Council for International Co-operation (BCCIC) manages the Kaleidoscope contest.

The contest is funded in part by the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA).

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