We are raising funds for an educational documentary film and awareness campaign for youth poets, and by youth video storytellers, in Belize. The campaign will help us sustain the program and continue to build momentum in the hope that it can get the full support that it deserves.
Youth Voices Belize is a two-year youth community arts platform that contributes to the empowerment and identity building of youth. Through spoken word poetry, storytelling, and media, the program creates a safe space for at risk youth.
The initiative was launched by The Global Parish Project in December 2010 with support from the U.S. Embassy. Today, the Youth Voices (ages 16 - 22) use poetry and video to tell their stories, promote literacy, and speak out about gang violence and other issues that have impacted their generation. Their life-affirming messages have reached over 800 youth in workshops across the country.
The recording of the youth's poetry and the production of a (video) transmedia campaign telling the story of the project will create exposure for the young people and generate support for the project. Not only will the campaign reach out of school youth in Belize, including prison inmates, who cannot access the Youth Voices workshops; through social media and events led by community partners it will reach hundreds of Diaspora youth facing issues of identity, language retrieval, and violence in New York City and the Caribbean.
The Global Parish Project will be launching the campaign in March 2012. Funds are needed for:
$2000 for 4 months living expense for the Project Coordinator
$850 for 4 film coaching sessions and guided shoots with youth by filmmaker/cinematographer
$600 for airfare for Producer NYC to Belize City
$600 Sony Vega Pro Editing Software
$400 for Web design