Having worked since my youth (and it not being a good experience) I always worried that encouraging other young people work was going to end up some form of ‘child slavery’ though we know that’s not the case.
My youthful employment ended up me being underpaid and over worked by a nasty manipulative shopkeeper, she made the sniping in the Dragons Den look like a campfire singsong. I think pantomime companies turned up to remind themselves how to create the wicked evil stepmother/witch characters.
Nowadays Youth Enterprise is all about guiding, helping and inspiring young people to enter the workplace and bring their own ideas to the table.
My daughter Ashley Storrie recently graduated from Uni with a degree in screenplay and film making; she in turn passed her skills onto the young people’s group at Dumbarton Road Corridor Drug forum over a six week course. She hadn’t taught before but was passionate about film and could see that the kids there felt the same.
The young kids there probably won’t all get a chance to go to university, but their imaginations were rife with film and media ideas. Ashley basically took all the knowledge and skills she learnt and like some ancient passing of wood whittling skills she gave the kids the tools to make their own drug warning movie.
Due to the lack of big budget CGI equipment and the fact that Ashley’s laptop had suffered more viruses than a Cold War secret bunker, they came up with an awesome film. Inspired by Nosferatu and The Shining, the kids used shadows, music and very low budget effects.
Youth enterprise is vitally important to any community. If the young people are being positive about their ambitions, it spreads that vibe amongst their peers.
When Ashley first started the classes with the youth group, they all felt they had nothing to gain and nothing to prove to each other. Once they all got into story boarding their ideas, the classes ambition took fire.
Everyone of them wanted to be a director, a film maker and actor and by the time the course finished they were bursting with pride when they showed the movie to their peer group.
We know not all of the kids in that youth group will go onto to work in the film industry, but the excitement, team work, creative and imaginative aspects they gained from it will live with them for a long time.
Give the youth and chance to be involved in an enterprise and they will surprise you. Here is the short film they made here
Multi-award-winning Scottish comedienne, playwright, award-winning blogger, best-selling author and former Scotsman newspaper columnist Janey Godley has performed her comedy shows and one-woman play around the world, including off-Broadway in New York. She is a regular on BBC Radio 4’s Just a Minute.
In 2006, Janey was nominated and was close runner-up for the annual Scotswoman of the Year title as ‘the most inspirational woman in Scotland‘. At the New Zealand International Comedy Festival, she won the Spirit of The Festival Award.
A regular 5-star performer at the Edinburgh Fringe, in 2008 she won the Fringe Report Award as ‘Best Performer‘ and two Nivea Funny Women Fringe Awards – as ‘Best Stand-Up‘ and, overall, for ‘Best Show‘ as “one of the most prolific and extraordinary stand-up comedians working in the UK”. In 2008, she also won Edinburgh’s WAG of the Year Award as ‘Best After Dinner Speaker‘, was nominated as ‘Best International Guest‘ in the 2008 New Zealand Comedy Guild Awards and was voted No 3 by readers in London listing magazine Time Out’s list of Top Ten Comedians.
In 2009, her new Edinburgh Fringe show Godley’s World received three 5-star reviews.
Throughout the 2010 Edinburgh Fringe, she is performing her new solo stand-up show “The Godley Hour” and, with her daughter Ashley Storrie, a children’s show “Tall Storrie & Wee Godley”.