Prior to entering law school, I completed a Bachelor of Social Work degree at Ryerson University.  My fourth year practicum requirement was fulfilled at Justice for Children and Youth, where a central part of my role involved facilitating the Youth Action Committee (YAC) from September 2010 to June 2011.

Composed of young people aged 13-17, YAC’s purpose is to provide space for youth to contribute their unique perspectives on legal issues that affect their lives.  Additionally, YAC is determined make positive contributions to its community by making the law increasingly accessible to Ontario’s youth.

YAC’s 2010-2011 contribution was the creation of a documentary film.  The documentary considers the impact of the YAC program on participants during the 2010-2011 school year, with special attention paid to their perspectives.  The aim of the documentary is to highlight the benefit of creating space for young people to strategize how to contribute positively to their communities.

The documentary is composed of four parts:

Part 1 describes the roles and involvement of the Youth Action Committee from 2010-2011. It provides viewers on opportunity to get to know the members.

Part 2 explores what “community” means to the members of the Youth Action Committee.

Part 3 & Part 4 allows viewers to fast forward and see the impact that participating in the Youth Action Committee had on the 2010-2011 members. To watch:

Epilogue 1 – Fiona Martyn
Epilogue 2 – Cindy Quan

This post was written by former JFCY intern Jenna Marie Persuad.