Young filmmakers asked to explore homelessness

Youth Action for Homelessness is seeking youth aged 14 to 21 to submit videos exploring issues around homelessness. The five-minute videos can educate, challenge myths or raise awareness. Winning filmmakers can receive one of two laptops, a $500 educational bursary or a week of film study.

“When we started thinking about issues in the Capital Regional District, the issues of homelessness and youth awareness (and) engagement kept coming up as two areas we felt strongly in wanting to support,” says Chris Tilden, branch manager for Vancity Credit Union.  “The goal of the video contest is to give youth a platform to have their voices heard while challenging the myths of homelessness.”

The Y.A.H. Video Contest project is delivered by a team from the 2011 Leadership Victoria program, and is proudly supported by the Greater Victoria Coalition to End Homelessness.

The contest closes April 30 and a showcase event will take place in late May. For more information, visit the coalition’s website.

Youth who wish to participate but do not have access to video equipment can contact yahvideocontest@gmail.com.