By Stephen Hedges MSYP (Renfrewshire North and West)
Some MSYPs may recall that in late 2010 the Scottish Youth Parliament launched its “We-CTV” project, a competition in which young people between S1 and S4 from schools across Glasgow were to create a video examining the dangers of carrying knives. The project was a great success with the winners being announced at a fabulous awards ceremony. On this project I worked as a facilitator and was tasked with helping young people in my group direct their ideas and plan their video, with the help of experts from organisations such as Medics against Violence and Leith Advertising Agency. Being a facilitator was a job that I really enjoyed and seeing the videos at the end of the project, and the amount of work that had gone into them, was excellent!
When it was announced that SYP were to run the We-CTV project again in 2012 with an even greater number of groups taking part, I volunteered instantly to come back as a facilitator at the production event that was to take place in late March 2012 at Hampden Football Stadium. I was given charge of the North Lanarkshire Group, tasked with ensuring that anything they needed for their project was available and I also was responsible for helping them bring all their plans together.
The day started with an excellent talk by Gerry from the Leith Agency who spoke about effective advertising, showing some examples from his own agencies work and explaining the development process. After this the groups were led with their facilitators through to their own executive box with an excellent view across Hampden Park! They spent most of the day in this room drawing together their ideas about what they were going to do when they returned to school and the technicalities of filming their idea. It certainly was impressive to see the group come up with such great ideas that will no doubt make an excellent video!
The videos will soon be available to view and vote on online, so keep an eye out for any SYP announcements about We-CTV in the future!