On Friday, eMedia Interactive Limited and the Youth Upliftment Through Employment (YUTE) officially launched YUTE Lens Support.
The launch was held at the University of Technology’s Technology Innovation Centre (ITC).
Led by eMedia CEO, Tyrone Wilson, the 10-week programme is partly funded by the Australian High Commission’s Direct Aid programme and will offer training in different aspects of film.
The programme will benefit more than 40 ‘at-risk’ youth between the ages of 18 and 29 living in areas considered volatile. At the end of the training period, the programme organisers will secure an internship for its participants, which could eventually lead to full-time employment.
Charlene Brooks, community engagement officer for YUTE, told The Gleaner her organisation was keen on ensuring that participants were well developed.
“We want to see them through the process, so we’re not necessarily taking on new participants. We extended the projects, gave them the information, the application and decided where best would suit them,” she said.