The 5th premier of the Youth Media Project held 2 December at the Stan Hagen Theatre showcased the creative work of nine very talented youths, and captivated audiences with their sometimes subtle but powerful messages about today’s society and the community in which we live.
Rhea Whitehead chose to focus her creative drive on eldercare, filming life for seniors at The Views. Her work highlights the tender intergenerational connections between children and residents living at The Views.
Set only to music, Whitehead cleverly filmed scenes that emphasis the Eden Philosophy of Care, an approach to residents’ care evident throughout the many programs at The Views.
“The Views at St. Joseph’s is privileged to have Rhea’s enthusiastic energy and creativity, and to help support this valuable youth project,” said Brenda Phillips, Director Lifestyles and Community Programs, The Views. “What an honour that Rhea took great interest in seniors having once served as a volunteer here at The Views and now with her video on Eden. We are hopeful that as her video circulates to a greater audience, the community will have a clearer understanding about this innovative approach that compliments St. Joseph’s philosophy of care with compassion.”
The Youth Media Project is a program aimed at helping young creative individuals to eliminate barriers to employment while being trained in the technical and creative aspects of filmmaking. The program includes workshops on employability skills and ample opportunities to build connections within the community.
The Youth Media Project is funded by Service Canada and the BC Art’s Council to provide training and skills in video production to individuals aged 16 to 30. This is the program’s fourth year.
“This has been a life changing experience,” shared Weaver (29). “I have learned so many transferable skills and gained confidence in my abilities as a creator and change maker. The environment is incredibly supportive and I am impressed by the quality of work that everyone has put together in such a short time.”