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Youth Building Resilience from Immigrant Challenges – BRIC – Project August 24, 2015

Posted by KDA in Uncategorized.

The Youth BRIC (Building Resilience from Immigrant Challenges) Project is an immigrant- and youth-focused digital storytelling project powered by DreBu through its ACT YES program initiative (https://drebu.wordpress.com).

The project’s video series (on youtube) tell nine individual stories of youth who moved to Toronto with their families. Some of them landed here a few years ago as adolescents while others arrived as children. Each youth BRIC story is unique on its own and yet they all focus on unraveling many complex and systemic immigrant youth challenges. These stories of youth resilience are an important outlet that serve many important purposes. They share ideas on: how things can be improved; the way young immigrants deal with new or difficult situations; and ways in identifying the types of support-systems that work and the gaps that exist. We hope that the videos will be used by all community stakeholders including parents, educators, social service providers and policy makers in Canada.

Youth BRIC stories are published in three languages – English, Tibetan and Tamil on the project’s Facebook page as separate albums.

Youth BRIC project was conceived in September 2014; actual process – story writing/sketching workshop sessions and shootings – began in December 2014. The project members are youth aged 15 to 23, with one adult supporter to direct and guide the whole process. The story-writing workshop was presented by Kalsang, while the rest of the workshops—sketching, social media communications, video rehearsals—were all facilitated/presented by the youth team members (Lhakdon/Merve).

The project is made possible with generous support by the Speak Up! grant of the Canadian Council for Refugees Youth Network (http://ccrweb.ca/en/youth/youth-network).

BRIC TEAM (December 2014 to March 2015):
Tenzin Lhakdon (Project Leader)
Sonam Lhadon: Team Leader (Budget)
Lathuchan Sinnarajah: Team Leader (Materials)
Karma Phuntsok: Team Leader (Errands)
Merve Younussi: Team Leader (Story Art)
Tenzin Dekyi Sonam: Team Leader (Social Media)
Chosang Tenzin: Team Leader (Filming & Editing)
Tsering Choedon: Team Member
Dickey Dolkar: Team Member
Bipin Aasi: Team Member
Tenzin Chokden Augarshar: Team Member
Leeshara Thapa Magar: Team Member
Tenzin Palkey: Team Member
Tenzin Yankey: Team Member
Kajeetha Sarvananthan: Stories Translator (Tamil)
Urgyen Norbu: Stories Translator (Tibetan)

Video Shot and Edited by:
Tenzin Chosang

Project Director: Kalsang Dolma Chair & Co-founder – DreBu

Funders and Partners:
Canadian Council for Refugees – Youth Network (Speak Up!)
DreBu – ACT YES Program

Note: Free for download or screening (videos on youtube – link provided above) by individuals and non-profit organizations worldwide only for educational purposes. No parts of the video or stories can be edited or altered in any manner without prior permission from DreBu.

© Copyrights 2016 DreBu – All rights reserved.



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