Youth Active Media (YAM)

This program is made possible with the support of community partner Shaw Communications.

Youth Active Media is a neighbourhood-based videography initiative where youth from priority neighbourhoods across Ottawa have the opportunity to learn the art of filmmaking through creating short films about community issues that matter to them.

Working with a team of facilitators, young people learn how to make videos using the basics; storyboarding, framing, lighting, sound, and editing. The end result is a group of youth who understand the significance of their own voice and sharing it through an increasingly important medium.

The Youth Active Media program uses a mentorship model in which eligible youth participants who excelled as leaders and demonstrated skills in the filmmaking process are hired as paid program leaders, mentoring new participants in subsequent groups. Youth participants can also be hired to create videos for other organizations – how cool is that!

YAM has been running in partnership with the Social Planning Council for four years Beginning with a three year Ontario Trillium Foundation grant, it won the New Leaf Community Challenge to combat youth unemployment.

Stories from the classroom

Below we share case studies from our work within the classroom in partnership with the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board. Read more to see how our experiential learning approach engaged students. 

per year
Youth per
youth that were impacted from priority neighbourhoods

To download a printable one pager of the program hit the link below!

Every can help combat

youth unemployment by training 6 youth in priority neighbourhoods on how to tell their stories through video.

Community supporting youth

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Jesse Card

Director of School Programs