Empowering Young People of Colour

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15 The following is an example of the outcomes of the Fully Focused Youth Team leading their organisation through this toolkit. Below are the priorities and action items identified by the organisation to be incorporated into their best practices moving forward. YOUTH VOICE & EMPOWERMENT - Put systems in place to ensure a 'balanced slate' for productions. Identify gaps and proactively fill them e.g. call for scripts by young black female and asian writers - Incubate ideas that place people of colour in strong, positive, empowering roles on screen (Avoid a pain narrative) - Secure unrestricted funding to enable young people to make films on anything they like without funder restrictions - Allocate budget for young people to make 100% decisions about content, genre and distribution and trust them to make decisions - Address the complexity of racism/inequality from multiple perspectives and use film to call out/raise awareness of issues - Ensure diversity in decision making panels and key roles in production KNOWLEDGE & EDUCATION - Ensure that the industry professionals that mentor and give masterclasses are from a diverse range of backgrounds - Ensure that diversity in our films goes beyond cast representation and that the storylines, narratives and set design/art direction provide a window into the lives of others and in turn educating a broad audience - Incorporate business and financial management, networking skills and copyright, licencing and contracts into the MYM Training academy programme so young people are professionally equipped to move into paid professional roles - Promote content from other creators that reinforce accurate and positive historical content - Secure budget to make content that explores the issue of race and identity COMMUNITY EMPOWERMENT - Ensure that the organisations and people we work with share the same values - Proactively seek out suppliers/contractors lead by diverse teams - Consider how and when we use our social media platforms to support causes and raise awareness of issues - Always acknowledge the diversity levels in the room and address it openly e.g clients with no diversity OPPORTUNITY & GROWTH - Allocate resource for building more links within industry that lead to full time roles for people of colour - Source professionals of colour to one-to-one mentor our advanced team in their chosen skillbase - Share a clear process for feeding into programme design for new members based on their needs - Expand our training online to reach higher numbers of young people under represented in industry

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