Reel Youth is a not-for-profit media empowerment programme supporting municipalities, schools, youth groups, businesses, and service agencies in Canada and around the world that are looking for meaningful ways to engage youth and adults in producing and distributing digital media.

Communication Strategies: 

Reel Youth works with organisations to provide mobile stop-motion animation, video production, photography, broadcasting, and film festival programmes that create and distribute messages participants most want to share with the world. For example, Reel Youth offers a 3- to 5-day video production programme that asks participants: What changes do you want to see happen in your community and the world? It focuses on equipment training, filmmaking techniques and styles, insights from other youth films, and small group work to make 3-5 minute, professionally edited films. Claymation is a 3- to 4-hour exploration of stop-motion animation where youth work in small groups and use plasticine to make short films about their visions for a more just and sustainable world. Reel Youth's touring film festival is designed to engage youth who want to empower fellow young people in their communities to express their creativity, entertain audiences, and share their visions for a more just and sustainable world.


In addition to its Canadian projects, Reel Youth works in other countries to build capacity in local youth and adults to produce and distribute their own digital media, with a focus on giving voice to disadvantaged young people and celebrate the work that is being done to support them. For instance, in 2008 Reel Youth visited Nepal to make a film with children of incarcerated parents, in partnership with The Kamala Foundation and Prisoners Assistance Nepal. The film, "Family Stones", premiered at Reel Youth's screening at the 2009 Vancouver International Film Festival and toured with the 2009/10 Reel Youth FIlm Festival. In 2010, Reel Youth worked on a UN Habitat economic development project with a small group of youth at Prisoners Assistance Nepal, some of whom were featured in the film from two years before. The project left professional video production equipment in the hands of 8 youth and helped them set up their own business. In May 2007, Reel Youth travelled to South India to spend 5 weeks getting to know, and make films with a network of families living on the streets in Mysore.


For more information, visit the Reel Youth website

Development Issues: 


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Reel Youth website, November 4 2011.