The project is a photography and filmmaking education program for marginalized,displaced,trafficked and conflict-affected youth in Medellin, Colombia. Its main objective is to support young people to have their own, authentic voices be heard, improve their livelihoods, attain new skills, and create professional grade photography and documentaries, centered on their own stories, that can be used to educate and advocate around human rights issues
What locality or neighborhood will your project focus on?
Describe the specific community with whom you will be working.
Marginalized youth,particularly forcibly displaced,trafficked and conflict-affected youth face unique economic and social obstacles;interrupted education,language barriers,a lack of skills for employment,and often exclusionary social environments.Their communities often lack educational facilities, including access to the internet. Providing youth with a tool of expression and acquiring new skills can provide them with an alternative to violence.
What kinds of news, stories and other content will be created?
Participants will create professional photography and documentaries that will be exhibited and viewed in their communities sharing their stories as well as educating others about human rights.They will also participate in a blog with daily entries and create exchanges with war-affected youth in other parts of the world.Through their exhibitions and organized forums at schools and universities,youth will be turning into active agents of change.
What technologies and digital tools do you plan to use in the trainings?
Describe the connections that you or your organization have already established that will contribute to the success of the project.
Nukanti Foundation for Children has been working with war-affected children in Colombia for the past decade,and has established strong partnerships with community leaders in each region where it works.Its vision is to empower local leaders to train others in their communities to become pro-active and work toward building a stronger social fabric.In Medellin,our group of youth leaders have been active in social projects and passing on their skills
How many participants do you think will be involved in your project?
This project will allow for 80 initial participants to be trained and with a strong foundation and completed training program, our graduates will have the opportunity in turn to train others not only in their community but also in other parts of the country in independent projects as well as in partnership with universities and national institutions.
Besides the microgrant funding, what other resources and support are you seeking for your project to ensure its success?
Visibility provided through Rising Voices is key to the success of the project as it will allow others in the participants’ community and the rest of the world to be aware of the situation young people at war have to face on a daily basis as well as boost the self-esteem of the participants and have them engage in a global society with their own voices.
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