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Our Young Ambassadors board is a diverse group of young people, who have benefited from Media Trust’s projects and services, they volunteer their time to champion the work of Media Trust and the impact it has on the lives of people across the UK. From visiting young people involved in media projects up and down the country, to speaking at events to the press and presenting at awards ceremonies, Our Young Ambassadors are reaching out to a vast numberof people and communities, getting their voices heard and helping others to do the same.
22-year-old Lee Price from Milton Keynes was the first ever winner of Column Idol in September 2010. The talent search, which was run by The Sun in partnership with Media Trust and supported by Dizzee Rascal and Diana Vickers, which gave 16-21 year olds the chance to write a column for nation’s biggest newspaper. In December 2010 he was fortunate enough to be given a full-time job on the features desk at The Sun.
17 –year old Ryan is the founder of Club 4 Teenz, a community youth group set up by Ryan at aged 14 to get kids from his area off the streets. Being successful in applying for Community Voices funding last year Ryan was able to run a film project through which members of the Club 4 Teenz youth club where trained to make a film called "Proud to be IP3" challenging negative stereotypes of young people in his area. He has won the Suffolk Young Person of the Year award and the Vinspired regional connect award.
Chris is a 21-year-old father from Bury, Manchester. Media Trust first worked with Chris through Community Channel’s Talent Studio filmmaking course. He was so inspired and motivated by the course he has changed his degree from Business to Media in order to expand his skills, knowledge and experience in this area. Since completing the course he has been mentoring other young people and has also started a campaign with ITV Fixers about the stigma attached to mental health. He is currently in the process of writing a Viral Ad.
22 Year old V.Go benefited from Media Trust in a number of ways from compiling his own short news piece about aspirations, to acting as a young reporter giving a young persons perspective of the political party conferences in 2009 – his report was broadcast on Community Channel and made three features in The Times. He is based in Bristol and currently interviewing for roles at Endemol and ITN.
22 year old Sabian, Took part in the Media Trust debate amongst young people about education and issues affecting them at the House of Lords in 2009, He also volunteered for Media Trust for a few months and contributed to numerous projects within the organisation including O2’s Think Big scheme - which provides support and training for young people's campaigns and projects within their own community. His idea of an online portal encouraging positive relationships between the generations was chosen by O2 as the flagship campaign to launch the scheme and his vision of Why Do? Became a reality receiving 81,000 hits in it's first two-months live.
Khalid is a 20-year-old Runner up of ‘Column Idol’ from September 2010. The talent search run by The Sun in partnership with Media Trust. Since the project he has been a contributor on youth issues for The Sun and recently taking part in organising a music event with V. and other events for young people. Recently Khalid has been peer mentoring and volunteering his spare time with charities and youth projects such as YMCA, Connexions and Raleigh international.
Media Trust asked 24 year old Leanne to be part of a short documentary called ‘Breakin’ Out’, in which she was mentored by Pineapple Dance Studio founder Debbie Moore- this was featured on Community Channel. Leanne is the founder and director of The Movement Factory and programme manager of The Bruk Out community performing arts programme. She teaches at a centre for vulnerable women who have experienced drug and physical abuse. She also teaches young people who have academic difficulties resorting to crime in order to give them a chance to channel their energy and express themselves. Her awards include the Black Business Initiative young entrepreneur of the year award 2008 and 2010, Southwark community champion award 2008 amongst others
26-year-old Adika is a beneficiary of Community Channel’s Talent Studio project, since completing the course Adika has volunteered at Media Trust for 3 months, successfully completed work placements with ITV and Endemol and taken part in a Kindle Entertainment script-writing workshop. He is an inspirational spokesperson and often speaks to new Talent Studio groups about why the project is great for young people.
23-year-old entrepreneur Jessica Elliott from Lewisham headed to the political party conferences in 2010, with the support of mentor and BBC Radio 4 journalist Martha Kearney. Jessica’s journey and mentoring experience was documented in the programme Strictly broadcast on Community Channel and also followed through a series of articles on TimesOnline and a feature in Times2. Jessica owns and runs a business called “Dancing After School” which organises dance classes for young people as part of extra-curricular activities in schools. She feels that she is providing a service to the community and is helping the government tackle social issues like youth crime and obesity.
18-year-old Bina is another of the Column Idol 2010 runner up’s. She currently writes for an online magazine called Mooky Chick and is studying Politics, Law and History for A-Levels; and hopes to go to university next year to study law. On top of all this Bina is a full time Mum to a one-year-old boy.
Jasmine Walters Bright
22 year old Jasmine got involved with Media Trust through a photography workshop run alongside the Guardian newspaper. With the help of her mentor, professional photographer David Sillitoe, Jasmine produced a series of images that expressed young people's views of unemployment. Jasmine and her story was also featured in the Media Trust promotional film. Since then Jasmine has embarked on her career studying a BA Hons in Youth and Community Development, further to this she has also set up her own photography business and also works part time delivering session work as a tutor for a charity that supports adults with learning disabilities.