“SNACKS”, a cinematic event created by local youth in the basement of the Comox Valley Art Gallery, will screen at the North Island College Stan Hagan Theatre Aug. 5.

The screening will debut the work of nine youth who participated in CVAG’s Youth Media Project for the past 13 weeks. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. and the screening will start at 7 p.m.

“The Youth Media Project is this unique space where nine youth have the opportunity to connect not just with each other, but with many folks who are creating positive change in our community,” said Team Leader Krista Tupper.

“They are able to critically engage with community-based issues and then translate their insight into their independent films. They have created films with real impact that could potentially shift the way key decision-makers and the general public view community issues.”

“SNACKS” will include personal work by each of the nine youth participants, as well as documentaries they have made for local organizations. The organizations include the Community Justice Centre, Habitat for Humanity, Project Watershed, Comox Valley Farmers Market, BC Transit, and more.

“It has been inspiring to be involved with such a diverse group of creatures, being vulnerable in their creative exploration, and learning through this amazing opportunity, to become more connected with ourselves, each other, and our community,” said Michaela Planomaniac, one of the project participants.

The Youth Media Project is funded by Service Canada to provide training and skills in video production to young people aged 16 to 30. This is the program’s fourth year.

CVAG is currently accepting applications for the next Youth Media Project which will start September 6.

To be eligible for the program, participants must have a demonstrated interest in art and video, not be attending school full time, and not be on Employment Insurance. Participants will be paid minimum wage for 30 hours a week if accepted.

To apply, send an e-mail to  Krista.cvagymp@gmail.com or drop off a letter of application to CVAG, at 580 Duncan Ave. The letter should describe the applicant’s reasons for applying, work and school experience, and how this program would nourish their future. The deadline to apply is August 23.

There will be an information session on Monday Aug. 22 at 5:30 p.m. at CVAG. For more details visit the CVAG Youth Media Project Facebook page or call (250) 338-6211.