RBKC Youth Offending Team
The Youth Offending Team of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea (RBKC) commissioned See Change Films to conduct film and photography training for young people supported by the Youth Offending Team.
Over the course of three months the group of young people, with the support of the film facilitators, produced a short documentary “Spread the Word” about the prejudice and discrimination young people face in their daily lives.
“Coming up with different ideas for the film and interviews was a lot of fun - this experience has taught me to think outside the box. I also really enjoyed interviewing different people for our film, and the challenge of trying to draw them in with your questions. I will definitely use these skills later on; they are essential life skills!”
-Abdul, See Change Graduate
The aim of the project was to teach young people involved in offending skills in different aspects of filmmaking including directing, producing, camera, sound and basic editing skills. The filmmaking course was also designed to build confidence, teamwork skills and leadership skills - every participant was encouraged to take ownership and responsibility for the film project.
During the training process the film trainees had a chance to explore different causes important to them, and identified and collaborated with strong role models in their own communities.
In their final documentary 'Spread the Word' the group decided to look at prejudice and discrimination, voicing an important issue that affects many young people and paving the way for a public discussion and greater social change.
- A 10-minute documentary produced on the prejudice against young people
- As part of the film a rap ‘Spread the Word’ written and performed by the film-trainees
- The documentary was premiered at See Change Films’ Graduation event for a large audience, with the filmmakers introducing their own work
- Based on the successful pilot project, the Youth Offending Team of RBKC has commissioned See Change Films to work on a new project with young people
“We definitely want to show the film to all of the staff here, and possibly to other organisations working with vulnerable young people - it’s a great example of what can be done with the medium of film.”
-Emma Balogun, Senior Practitioner at the RBKC Youth Offending Team