28 March 11
Find out how BAFTA members are inspiring and educating young people as part of the BAFTA and Media Trust Youth Mentoring Programme in Scotland.
In October 2010, the BAFTA and Media Trust Youth Mentoring Programme, which had begun as a London-based pilot, was launched in Scotland. Since then 15 BAFTA members have volunteered their time to offer skills-based support to over 50 young people from youth organisations across Glasgow.
Young people involved in the programme have identified both personal and careers-based positive outcomes. They include increased confidence, new transferable and media-related skills, and a new willingness to engage in media-related training and education.
The BAFTA and Media Trust Youth Mentoring programme is supported in Scotland by the RBS group. The scheme also continues to run in England.
BAFTA brings together the best talent from across the film and television industries. As an Academy, we aim to share this wealth of expertise to inspire and educate others.
I was really impressed with the attitude and enthusiasm of the young people on the scheme. They were genuinely keen to learn and had all prepared for the session.
- Sarah Walmsley, BAFTA Mentor
On 28 March 2011 we held a showcase event to celebrate the achievements and work of the young people who took part in the 2010 Mentoring Programme in Scotland.
Jude McLaverty, Director of BAFTA in Scotland, Maddie Dinwoodie, Media Trust's Head of Projects, and BAFTA in Scotland Committee member Morag Fullarton introduced the event to an audience in Glasgow that included BAFTA mentors and representatives from 5 youth organisations.
The opportunity to learn from someone with much experience and a successful career has given me the confidence to seek a career in media.
- Young person from The Prince's Trust
The completed projects were screened and many of the young people were present to provide introductions and share their experiences of working with their mentors. Among the screened projects were the Fuse Youth Café Promotional Film and The Making of the Fairbridge Pantomime.
In addition presentations were made about the Scottish Spina Bifida Association's SEA Change project and the Prince's Trust's Get Started In Media programme. Workshop leaders and participants from the Glasgow Youth Film Festival, including BAFTA mentors Alan de Pellette and Angus Dixon, also described their experiences.