Creative Futures delivered by Colchester Institute was an enterprise exclusively formed for Young People on Talent Match embodied with a 2017 and beyond outlook to learning, developing, and upskilling in a creative and inventive manner.
Creative Futures was brought to life through discussion, taster days and research amongst YP’s barriers to learning and a succession of ideas being brought together to form one wholesome programme.
The programme was managed by the Employer and Skills Network (KATO) and supported by dedicated mentors from YMCA and Prince’s Trust.
Throughout the four weeks YP were introduced to a range of techniques to express themselves like never before.
2D cut out animation, Claymation, Facial mapping software for lip synching, Live-action animation, Team work/decision making, Planning/time management
Camera & composition, Sound levels & recording basics, Story boarding, News story / product review / social commentary, Video editing, Team work, Decision making / time management, Body language & self-projection, Planning/leadership, Breaking down group barriers & dynamics
Meditation & gentle movement techniques to notice thoughts, emotions, or sensations that arise & to learn to be more present in their experience
• Emotional Resilience – Health and wellbeing
• Values & Life Skills
• Communication Development
Animation films and TV triumphs such as the Disney classics, Toy Story & Frozen now mean a much wider audience enjoy and engage in the vocal and digital expression animation holds, children and adults alike.
YP actively expressed through the course of the programme that they found their inner voice from creating personal animated models with an alter ego attached.
Some YP articulated they can now actively express themselves more confidently using animation as a starting point to hinder nerves and anxiety they previously struggled with.
The real testing point began for the YP at the editing process after completing the Film-making segment. Analysis and appraisal was a tough subject for many YP, with plenty of them not being able to (or wanting to) recognise their remarkable efforts.
It was at this point that a group of eight YP formed a beautiful friendship and bond by uplifting one another and injecting humour and resilience by distinguishing that each of them had a special talent that needed to be applauded.
Colchester Institute are renowned for their Mindfulness programmes and we felt the learning journey wouldn’t be complete for YP on Talent Match without an element of Mindfulness attached. Some YP struggled with this concept, others utterly embraced it; one thing is for sure during the yoga sessions we all questioned our levels of flexibility!
All good things must come to an end, that being said everyone at ESN and Talent Match are hoping and looking forward to YP who completed this course to utilise the skills and methods studied to engage better, build worthwhile and everlasting relationships with peers and non-peers alike and determine the course of their own bright futures!
*A very special Thank you to Luc Adams – you made it all possible!
“ I learnt how to be independent and start thinking for myself and that my opinion matters”
“ I loved being able to participate in something that took me out of my comfort zone and reminded me of who I really am – I am now going to continue in my passion for self-expression”
“ I learnt things about myself I wasn’t sure about, even in the struggle I was helped and encouraged”
“The course was very worthwhile for my own development”