The Comox Valley Art Gallery now is accepting applications for the Youth Media Project, a program that provides wages and hands-on training in video production.

The application deadline is Sept 5. Nine applicants will be accepted for a program that will run from Sept 17 to Dec 14.

Participants must be between 16 and 30 years old. They will be paid minimum wage for 30-34 hours a week and will get the opportunity to learn how to create films.

“The Youth Media Project is a place where youth under 30 come together to brainstorm how they can work together to create positive change in our community,” said Team Leader Krista Tupper.

“The participants are able to critically engage with community-based issues and translate their insight into two independent films; one of their own and one with a community organization.”

To be eligible for the program, participants must be interested in art and video, not attending school full time or receiving Employment Insurance, be eligible to work in Canada, and experiencing barriers to employment.

To apply, applicants should prepare a letter that describes their reasons for applying, work and school experience, and how this program would nourish their future.

The letter can be sent to krista.cvagymp@gmail.com or delivered to CVAG at 580 Duncan Ave.

There will be an information session for potential applicants on Tuesday Sept 4, 5:30 p.m. at CVAG.

The Youth Media Project is funded by Service Canada. CVAG partners with the Wachiay Friendship Centre, the Creative Employment Access Society and Imagine Comox Valley to offer this opportunity to youth in our community.

For details, call 250-338-6211, visit CVAG Youth Media Project on Facebook or email Krista with questions.

Krista Tupper

CVAG Youth Media Project