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The YMA is proud to launch a brand-new French-Language Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Youth Production Scholarship!

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Montreal, January 17, 2024 – The call for applications for the YMA French-Language Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Youth Production Scholarship is now open!

To support greater diversity in youth production and creation teams, the YMA, along with its partners Radio-Canada, Télé-Québec, TFO and APTN, are offering four scholarships to four people from diverse or indigenous communities, managed by four companies. A total of $10,000 will be distributed annually.

To support greater diversity in youth production and creation teams, the YMA, along with its partners Radio-Canada, Télé-Québec, TFO and APTN, are offering four scholarships to four people from diverse or indigenous communities, managed by four companies. A total of $10,000 will be distributed annually.

An application from a French production company must include the candidacy of a person from a diverse or aboriginal background for a project in development or production. The winner will be integrated into the team of a youth program (aged 2-17) in development or production (fiction, documentary or live-action magazine or animation or current affairs for young people).

The company may submit an application including a person it has recruited itself, or through the bank of candidates that the YMA will make available to all interested companies. YMA will not act as an intermediary between the two parties.

The objective is to offer a person a new experience in the world of youth television or digital production, to broaden his or her network of contacts and to participate concretely, based on his or her aptitudes and interests, in the development and production of a program to be broadcast on Radio-Canada, Télé-Québec, TFO or APTN. This training will provide recruits with the skills they need to pursue their careers.

At the end of the project, the winner will be asked to write a brief summary of his or her experience, which can be used as part of a report or an article on the YMA blog.

 

Financing

YMA will provide a $2,500 scholarship to contribute to the remuneration of an internship participant, that is the equivalent of $250 per day for 10 days. The company will be able to increase this remuneration and adjust the duration of the internship at its own expense (e.g., by extending it).

The scholarship would be paid in full by YMA upon signature of an agreement between the company and YMA.

The company is responsible for managing the internship and remunerating the intern.

 

Pool of Candidates

The YMA is inviting candidates to subscribe to the Pool of Candidates by visiting the website. The YMA is building a bank of candidates for various internships or projects, to meet the recruitment needs for our members. Always on the lookout for new talent, our candidate banks are made up of motivated, committed, and competent people who want to do an internship or work. To respond quickly to one’s staffing needs, the candidate bank is shared with our members. YMA does not intervene in the selection process, other than to pass on information

 

Number of Internships

Four companies will be selected each year to offer internships to a participant per year and benefit from this financial support, depending on the funds available.

A call for applications will be issued each year according to the following process:

  • Call for candidates to register with the bank: Jan. 12 to March 1
  • Production company nominations: until April 15
  • Jury analysis: April 16-29
  • Company decision: April 30
  • Start of internship: internships can start on or before March 1, depending on the date of application.
  • Internship period: The internship must be carried out at the company's discretion in the year of production in the year of the targeted project.

 

Deadline & Process

The Companies offering the internship must submit the application including its choice of candidate.

The application form is available on the YMA website www.ymamj.org. The mentoring company must submit an application form no later than 5pm ET on April 15, 2024.

For more details, visit the YMA website www.ymamj.org

 

Partners

This fund is made possible by contributions from: Radio-Canada, Télé-Québec, APTN, and TFO.

 

About the Youth Media Alliance

The Youth Media Alliance (YMA) seeks to enrich the lives of Canadian children and teens by helping improve the quality of the content created for them on all screen-based media. The Alliance pursues its mission of encouraging high-quality content by presenting annual awards of excellence to the best productions targeting young English- and French-speaking Canadians. It offers ongoing training tailored to the special needs of youth production professionals through workshops, seminars, and special events such as the Children, Youth & Media and Média-Jeunes conferences. Since 2015, the Youth Media Alliance has developed and now offers four scholarships: the YMA Andra Sheffer, the YMA Thérèse-Pinho, the YMA Steven DeNure, and the John Rooney Creator Fund. The YMA also conducts original research investigating the impact of screen-based media on young people. Finally, the YMA advocates for the needs of Canada’s child and youth media consumers in matters of public policy.

 

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Source: Margaux Soumoy, Youth Media Alliance, alliance@ymamj.org, 514-483-5417

 

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