You’re graduating high school during a pandemic

Grads of 2020,
we want to hear from you!

Classes have all moved online, proms have been postponed indefinitely and graduation ceremonies complete with cap and gown are off the table — all thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic.

With so much change and uncertainty disrupting these major milestones for teen graduates in Ottawa right now, CBC Ottawa wants to do something special for the class of 2020. 

Together Youth Ottawa and CBC Ottawa are collaborating to create a series that’s dedicated to high school graduates in the commmunity.  

Send us an email with your video or written message to friends
and fellow grads! Here's HOW:

Tell us what you want to say to the class of 2020 about graduating during a pandemic, your thoughts on the future, and/or reflections on this unusual last year of high school. 

Record a short video on your phone or submit a written message with a photo of yourself and email it to: [email protected]. Include your full name, age, school and then start your message with “Dear Grads of 2020…”

We recommend that your video be less than four minutes and try to keep your written messages to 200 words or less. Your message could be featured on CBC Ottawa’s website, social media accounts, radio and/or television programs. Follow @cbcottawa and @youth_ottawa on Instagram for more details on where to find these messages throughout the month of June. The deadline for submissions is Monday, June 15. 

Please read CBC’s submission guidelines before emailing your message. 

Note: Participants who are 17 years old or younger must receive consent from a parent or guardian before contacting CBC Ottawa with a submission.

How to Master the Art of Storytelling



Youth Ottawa's Program Coordinator

On Thursday, May 28th one of our program coordinators Jesse Card ran an instagram live on storytelling and how students can use storytelling to enhance their learning experience. 

It is important for students to think outside of the box and use other techniques to craft their assignments. As technology continues to play a bigger role in our lives and more of our daily experiences move online; students increasingly need to leverage and develop their creativity, upgrade their skills and knowledge in media production, understand responsible use of social media and expand on the methods available to have their messages heard. 

Topics of the workshop

In the instagram workshop Jesse Card ran through 3 different lessons and shared worksheets for students to use to help them craft ideas for their own stories. The lessons included:

  • Lesson 1: Learn the #1 tip for being a great storyteller
  • Lesson 2: How to leverage storytelling for your projects
  • Lesson 3: What considerations should go into a great story
  • Self Learning Resources Graphic

If you took part in the workshop and are looking for the worksheet to get started on your story download it below. If you missed the workshop head over to our Instagram, we’ve saved the workshop to our highlights for you to view! 

Download our storytelling worksheet

Below is a worksheet students can use to help their craft their story ideas.

About Youth Active Media

Jesse Card is a Youth Ottawa coordinator and runs our Youth Active Media program. Youth Active Media is a videography program where youth have the opportunity to learn the art of filmmaking by creating short films about community issues that matter to them.

Through the YAM program students will:

  • Develop, design, produce and showcase a film or media project
  • Learn about storytelling and put it into action
  • Have the opportunity to learn new technology software, techniques and skills
  • Program graduates learn about and access next step pathways & opportunities

Are you interseted in introducing more video assignments in your classes?

They can include supportive written materials in the form of storyboards, scripts, shot lists and project budgets. Video assignments add further options for students to demonstrate their learning and share their brilliant ideas beyond the “walls” of the classroom. Not to mention, the ongoing practice of video presentation skills will position your students well for the workforce, whatever industry or profession your students find themselves in.

If you’re a teacher that would like access to marking rubrics for video assignments or perhaps would like to bring this program to your classroom next semester email us at [email protected]