Youth Media Project

The Comox Valley Art Gallery’s Youth Media Project uses digital media, creative facilitation and artistic collaboration as a framework for youth to share their stories. Youth between the ages of 16-30 get paid a full-time minimum wage to learn concrete media and employability skills over a 13-week program. Participants create one independent film, and one film in collaboration with a small business or community organization that is doing sustainable work in the Valley. The folks who come through the program end up creating long lasting connections not just with each other, but with other community members and organizations in the Comox Valley.

Reignite: Youth Media Project Retrospective
May 15, 2019 / 7:00 – 9:00pm
At the Sid William’s Theatre

In partnership with the Sid William’s Theatre, the Comox Valley Art Gallery Youth Media Project will be hosting a juried selection of past youth films. The films will open with some beats from rap artists Maximum Gane and NWP. Come join us as we revisit some current and past films created by participants in the Comox Valley Youth Media Project!

Thank you to Quinn, Claudia Medina, Allison Sanders, Dan Peruzzo and Krista Tupper for jurying the event. Films were selected according to specific criteria.

Click here to visit the event page

CVAG Youth Media Project Open House: Tues, Aug 20, 2019 at 5:30pm
This is an info session for folks interested in applying for the program to get a little more information about what happens. This event is open to all members of the public.

CVAG Youth Media Project Final Screening: Nov 29, 2019 at 7:00pm
A free screening of newly created youth films will be at the Rotary Hall of the Florence Filberg Centre on Friday, Nov 29, 2019. Doors open at 6:30 for free snacks and community gathering. Everyone welcome.

For more info about all of our upcoming events check out our CVAG Youth Media Project Facebook page:


The Youth Media Project provides intensive hands-on training in video production and more to young people between 16 and 30 years of age. We recruit nine participants per 13-week session. They are paid to attend workshops, make videos, and take job placements where they work with an employer.

To be eligible for the program, participants must be interested in art and video, not attending school full time or receiving Employment Insurance, be eligible to work in Canada and be experiencing frustration trying to find employment.

No previous experience is required. For more information click here

The CVAG YMP project partners with the Wachiay Friendship Centre, the Creative Employment Access Centre and Imagine Comox Valley.

Space is limited. Apply today.

Deadline for application for the September program is: Wed, Aug 21, 2019

Upcoming Participant Application Deadlines and Dates of programs:
We are currently accepting applications for both upcoming sessions. Please indicate on your application which session you are applying for.

If interested in applying or learning more email or drop off a letter and/or support material to the Comox Valley Art Gallery at 580 Duncan Ave, Courtenay, BC.

Upcoming Programs run:
Sept 2 – Nov 29, 2019
Dece 16, 2019 – Mar 13, 2020

Early applications receive priority.

To get information on upcoming sessions, or if you have any questions about the program, you can email Team Leader Krista Tupper at or call 250.338.6211.

You can find the Youth Media Project on Facebook.

To view video projects from previous years, please visit the links below:

YMP 2019a

YMP 2018aYMP 2018b

YMP 2017

YMP 2016aYMP 2016b

YMP 2015

YMP 2014

YMP 2013


The Youth Media Project is funded by: