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Reel Youth is a media empowerment project that delivers community development programming to youth and adults across Canada and internationally. Film production and distribution programs are designed to create positive change in young people's lives through technical skill building, leadership training, creative collaboration with peers and mentors, and increased connection to community resources.

Our award winning programs support participants to create media about issues they care about as they gain tangible media production and leadership skills.  Programs are as much about film making as building personal resiliency in marginalized youth to overcome challenges, be successful, and inspire those around them.

Reel Youth facilitators are artist mentors fluent in providing a fun and engaging experience for participants to explore the media arts. They have been trained to lead programs that foster personal reflection and curiosity, team building, and the creation of powerful films.

Programs are often followed by the Reel Youth Film Festival, a celebration of short films made by youth 19 years and under.  Insightful and entertaining, the touring festival collects films from around the world, for an engaging program of some of the best youth filmmaking today.

Over the past 16 years, Reel Youth has produced 2,500+ films seen by millions of people. Over 7,300 young people have participated in our programs in BC, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, Newfoundland and Labrador, Yukon, Northwest Territories, Nunavut, Vietnam, India, Morocco, USA, and Nepal.

Programs are customized to meet the specific needs of the communities we work with and we're always looking for ways to innovate and grow our impact.  If you're interested in having us visit your community, contact us!

email: info@reelyouth.ca
tel: 778 888 7335


8th Floor, 333 Seymour Street
Vancouver, BC
V6B 5A6

Cortes Island:
938 Beasley Rd.
Manson's Landing, BC
V0P 1K0

360-215 Spadina Ave.
Toronto, ON
M5T 2C7

Mark Vonesch

Artistic Director
Erica Køhn

Program Facilitators and Editors
Zain Burgess
Erica Kohn
Merissa Victor

Program Facilitators
Mutya Macatumpag
Odette Auger
Stevie Nandez

Ontario Seniors & Youth Program Coordinator
Angela Bennett


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Artwork by Jordan Bent


Reel Youth is a project on MakeWay's shared platform, which provides operational supports, governance, and charitable expertise for changemakers. The shared platform enables more time and money to go towards achieving greater impact. MakeWay is a national charity that builds partnerships and solutions to help nature and communities thrive together.