Kids have their say on world and lo­cal is­sues for Youth Week doco

Whitsunday Times - - FRONT PAGE - By Kathryn Cy­gan

WILD Ones are set to make their de­but on the big screen, af­ter the Wild Ones Youth Man­age­ment Team par­tic­i­pated in film­ing of a doc­u­men­tary on the week­end.

Thir­teen of the YMT were tasked with think­ing about the fu­ture, with the theme of the doc­u­men­tary be­ing where they see the world in 16 years time.

Ron Pet­ter­son, founder of Wild Ones, said he was amazed by the re­sponse from the chil­dren.

“We got them to think about ma­jor world or lo­cal is­sues they think are im­por­tant, and where they will see those is­sues in 16 years time,” Mr Pet­ter­son said.

“We asked them to come up with a ques­tion about an is­sue and we asked those ques­tions and filmed their re­sponses.

“We were re­ally im­pressed with some of the ques­tions and an­swers they came up with.

“They spoke about world wars and ter­ror­ism, pol­i­tics, the fu­ture of retail and cus­tomer ser­vice,” he said.

“It was re­ally in­ter­est­ing to see how switched on th­ese chil­dren are on so­cial is­sues.”

The YMT was filmed by Third Di­men­sion Me­dia, who will edit footage and pro­duce a 40-minute doc­u­men­tary.

We got them to think about ma­jor world or lo­cal is­sues they think are im­por­tant.

“The YMT are all 11, 12 and 13 year olds,” Mr Pet­ter­son said.

“It was re­ally amaz­ing to hear what they came up with, and some of the an­swers were quite pow­er­ful, it even got a bit emo­tional lis­ten­ing to what they had to say.”

The doc­u­men­tary was made pos­si­ble by a suc­cess­ful grant ap­pli­ca­tion from the State Govern­ment.

“The Govern­ment were of- fer­ing grants for Youth Week, and my­self and Cassie Holeczy from the PCYC came up with the doc­u­men­tary idea, and we were suc­cess­ful in re­ceiv­ing the grant.”

Youth Week runs from April 8–17 and the doc­u­men­tary will be com­pleted be­fore then, by April 4.

“We will be hav­ing a screen­ing of the doc­u­men­tary at the PCYC, and will show it to the lo­cal schools as well.”

DOCO TIME: Pablo Hauber of Third Di­men­sion Me­dia shows some equip­ment to YMT mem­bers Jorja Rose, Jes­sica Ren­ton, Ge­or­gia But­ler and Sam But­ley.

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