Vlogstar Hull

A partnership between Media Trust and the FASTN based on the Vlogstar Challenge to train young people based in and around Hull in vlog making around the issue of healthy, dependable relationships.

During August, Media Trust partnered with charity FASTN and local youth organisations, including Cornerhouse, Freedom Road Creative Arts, Eskimo Soup and Hull City Council to provide vlogging training to 20 young people based in and around Hull. Training included online masterclasses in video making and public speaking.

Vlogstar Challenge is a training programme and competition to give 16-25-year olds the relevant technical and creative skills they need to create their own vlogs, develop their voice and share their passions with new audiences. The programme has been running for six years in London and Essex and is run by Media Trust and the Jack Petchey Foundation, in partnership with YouTube and the Evening Standard.

Early last year, FASTN approached Media Trust to trial a shorter pilot version of the programme with youth groups in Hull and the surrounding areas to support young people with video editing to talk about how healthy dependable relationships can help them thrive throughout their lives. Research from FASTN shows that 79% of 16-25-year-olds state that being in lasting and fulfilling relationships is at least as important as their work ambitions

According to a First Choice study, 75% of young people are set on becoming a YouTuber. At Media Trust, hundreds of young people we train through Vlogstar Challenge tell us their dream is to become a YouTuber, and we’re keen to ensure that young people approach vlogging in a safe and positive way. Since the Covid-19 pandemic started, it has become more important than ever to stay connected and focus on positive relationships.

Young people gain confidence, build up resilience, and learn the skills to thrive throughout life.

FASTN on the influence of Vlogstar Hull

Online masterclasses

In August, we were joined by young people from Rochdale Youth Services and Straight Talking, based in London, and hosted two online masterclasses teaching video making fundamentals and public speaking. The young people then started creating their vlogs, with a focus on the healthy, dependable relationships which have kept them mentally and physically well during 2020.

In early September the young people took part in a showcase displaying their vlogs to an audience of youth workers, local councillors, parliament youth members, BBC teams, and more. They spoke from the heart with personal and sensitive vlogs which showcased the editing and storytelling skills they had learnt from the training. You can watch their vlogs below.

Watch each individual vlog here.

Jasmine Dotiwala, Head of Youth Engagement at Media Trust said, “we’ve been overwhelmed by the engagement and commitment of all the participants, each of them has really taken on the learning, producing great vlogs that tell powerful stories around positive relationships.

Hopefully, this is the start of regular vlogging for young people in Hull and the surrounding regions.

FASTN chief executive Catherine Hine said: “Healthy, lasting, dependable relationships lay the foundations on which to build resilience, good mental health and the ability to make the most of our talents. We see it time and again in the projects we are involved in, including with wonderful Vlogstar Hull, made possible by The Media Trust’s amazing Vlogstar programme. We look forward to rolling out more of this great work.”

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