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Youth Opportunity Fund project

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On 14th October 2014 a group of young people showcased their summer adventure that was captured by film at Genesis Cinema. The project all started at Minerva centre by Hackney road when a group of young people that regularly participate at the Shadow Youth Alliance (SYA) decided to come up with a project that will benefit themselves and other young people in the borough but also across the world.
The ideas was to document issues faced by young people in Tower Hamlets initially, then the group thought it would be a great idea if they can meet other young people across Great Britain and see what are the barriers they are facing and see if there are similarities.

The young people worked on their Presentation, and faced a panel of young people for the Youth Opportunity fund that was administered by London Borough of Tower Hamlets. After an awesome 20min presentation and grilling from other young panel members, the project was provided with funding and given the Green light.

The young people first ventured with the Cameras to local young people in their area for their views, then headed to Cornwall for their first adventure. At Cornwall the group stayed at a converted barn that is run by National Trust, which also ran a workshop on fire making and wood carving.

The young people walked on coastal paths, visited coves and beaches, with the highlight of meeting local young people over water activities. The young people were organised by our host the Lizard Outreach Trust, a local community organisation that does great work in the Cornwall area. Imran Ali, the designated project manager from the young people said ‘meeting young people from Cornwall held me realise that as young people as all have similar issues and however together we all can do great things in life.

Following visit, was to the historical town of Oxford, were young people visited the High St, the various University colleges, and met with local young people too. http://www.chmielorz.de/produkte/

The group of young film-makers were mentored by Small room pictures, who assisted them with production ideas, filming and the final edit of the documentary. Anhar Ali, the project film director, said ‘being a young person who is currently studying film making at University, it was an amazing experience to have to do direct the boys, take various shots and realised how long edit takes, a big thanks to my mentor and the youth workers’.

The showcase at the Cinema was attended by the local Councillors, the local Fire Brigade, the Tower Hamlets Community Housing representative and other local residents, all of which gave fantastic feedback to the young people.