March Break Film Camp for Syrian Youth in Kingston

Kingston, February 28, 2017 – A group of 10 Syrian refugee youth in Kingston will participate free of charge in a March Break film camp thanks to a partnership between Immigrant Services Kingston & Area (ISKA) and The Tett Centre for Creativity and Learning.

A program of Kingston Community Health Centres, ISKA offers settlement services to immigrants and refugees, including a multicultural youth group. Some of the newest members of this group will attend the film camp, learning about filmmaking and creating their own short films to share their life story.

“It’s a great opportunity for our newcomer youth to find their voice and develop new skills,” said Cristian Medina, Youth Settlement Worker at ISKA. “Reflecting on and telling their stories can help ease the challenging process of starting over in a new country.”

“We’re so excited to offer this creative opportunity to the youth,” said Shannon Brown, Community Engagement Coordinator at The Tett Centre for Creativity and Learning. “It will be an amazing learning experience and I can’t wait to see how each participants chooses to express themselves.”

The March Break film camp builds on the Made in… project, an initiative to raise awareness in the community of the struggles and successes of newcomer youth when they migrate to a new country. When the camp concludes, participating youth will screen their films at a community event hosted by The Tett Centre for Creativity and Learning in the spring of 2017.

The Tett Centre for Creativity and Learning is a not-for-profit, charitable organization and a dynamic arts hub that coordinates and creates high-quality, accessible, arts-focused programming for all levels of artistic abilities and experience.

Kingston Community Health Centres is a multi-service, multi-site accredited organization. Based in Kingston and Napanee, our many programs and services support all aspects of health through all stages of life. Our Mission: To Care. To Respond. To Build Community.