Sunday, May 8, 2011

Measuring development of young people's capacities on video

Young people present in front of an audience having 90 people including government officials, NGO representatives and youth workers from civil society organisations. High government officials, including a deputy minister and vice speaker of parliament shows the project implementers' relations with the authorities.
Measuring development
Youth (R)Evolution was the theme of the closing conference of the project 'Youth in the Center'. During the project youth clubs were initiated by young people in 4 Moldovan villages; Ulmu, Vadul Rascov, Cotiujenii Mari and Varnita. All clubs were able to develop support structures of adults guiding them in their development. Each club secured an adult coordinator, got space from the local municipality to have a physical meeting place and relations were developed with other locally and international based youth work organisations for support.
Video is one of the means showing how young people's capacities have been developing during the project period of two years. Young people debate and discuss with adults as equal partners, they are not afraid to speak up, build networks and have confidence to give presentations.
See video: Conference Youth (R)Evolution, 24 - 25 March, 2011



Process of videomaking
Videomaking can be done participatory. This is a process involving different stakeholders or group members who jointly develop a story, design a story board with video shots, film, watch and discuss, film and discuss again and finally edit. All this is done with the support of a facilitator and professional videomaker.
When you do it individually, it is less time consuming. You miss the interaction to make a production jointly, but it is till fun to do. Similar to the participatory videomaking the process can be tackled on a structured and plannified way; develop the story, plan the video shots, film and edit. Intuitive videomaking is another approach. You just film what comes up to your mind and you take all kind of different shots. By the end of each day, you watch and analyse the different videos. Through this the story gradually starts to develop. Finally enough material is available to compile and do the editing. This is how the Youth (R)Evolution was developed and compiled to a 8-minute production.
Technical equipment for production
User friendly, relatively low cost and good quality digital video camera's (JVC, Sony, Canon) are available to document qualitative indicators, such as attitude, involvement, body language and enthousiasm. Flip videocamera's, nowadays, are very popular for such measurement purposes. They are easy to use and fast in transfering video material to a hard disk.
When you using a laptop for uploading your video's, a hard disk (preferably 2 Tyka bytes) is necessary. Otherwise you might risk a crash of your disk at your laptop. For editing both Final Pro Cut (Maccintosh users) or Adobe Premiera Elements (Windows) have excellent software for video editing. When you finally produce a video you can either choose a MPEG or a AVI format. The last has a higher quality, but takes more bytes and time to upload it on youtube or another video platform.
For voice over you can either use a computer based audio recorder, such as Audacity. Or a handoperated voice-recorder, such as Olympus. For music you can best choose for locally produced songs. In case of music produced by professional musicians, you have to check their permission about authors rights.
Project 'Youth in the Center'
'Youth in the Center' is implemented by Procommunity Centre, a Moldovan NGO focusing on youth development. They cooperate with Kontakt der Kontinenten (Netherlands), University of social work - Windesheim (Netherlands), Proni Centre of Social Education (Croatia) and local NGO's and institutions on youth work. The project is financed by Matra, Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
For more information about the outcomes of the conference, read Youth (R)Evolution 24 - 25 March, 2011. The participatory video's of each youth club are available at Youtube. See video: Ulmu youth, Cotiujenii Mari youth, Varnita youth & Vadul Rascov youth.

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