OneMinutesJr workshop in Moldova - Day 1
BALTI, Moldova, 26 May 2014 - This week we are working with vulnerable teenagers in the north of Moldova on the development and production of OneMinutesJr videos.
Balti is the second biggest city in Moldova with a population of around 150,000 and there are many problems here for young people including a lack of job opportunities, a drug problem and a high HIV rate.
A first look into the workshop room at youth health centre ATIS (Activ Tinar Informat Sanatos) shows us immediately what kind of issues we have to expect during this workshop. There are informational brochures about HIV/AIDS, the prevention of drug abuse and cartoons about healthy lifestyles in Russian and Romanian all over the place. On the walls you can see drawings and artworks by teenagers about the same issues.
The participants at this workshop are MARA and EVA. These are not just two individuals, but scientifically used abbreviations that stand for "most-at-risk adolescents" (MARA) and "especially vulnerable adolescents" (EVA). The group we are working with is made up of teenage boys and girls aged 14-19 who have all been identified by UNICEF and partner NGOs as vulnerable and have been in touch with peers who fall under these categories.
The first day of the workshop is all about getting the participants into film making, explaining the background of the OneMinutesJr project and helping them with their story development.
Listening to what they have to share, trying to understand how much of their personal stories they want to share and finding the right approach to finding out what is most important to them is the focus of our work this afternoon. At the end of the day we already have a much better idea of what the next few days will bring, but most of the stories still need much more thought and more visuals before we can start the production process.