Lights, Camera, Action

Since 2007, we have trained, placed and kept talented youth in the exciting world of film, television, journalism, photography and new media.

Ext: Day, Toronto.

POV 3rd Street was established in 2007 by members of the film, TV and commercial production industries who were interested in increasing access to employment in their field and broadening its diversity. As a non-profit organization we are dedicated to ensuring that at-risk youth (aged 18 to 29) gain the necessary skills and experience to secure jobs and build long-term careers in the media industry. We run several different programs for our students and alumni, including the Media Training Program, the 3rd Street (Critical Thinking) Program, and the Next Steps Program.

We have a student graduation rate of 87%, with over 71% of our graduates still actively engaged with us. 62% of our alumni are working in the film and media industry as a direct result of their participation in POV 3rd Street, and another 13% are working in related fields. We have had exceptional support from our connections in the industry, which include but are not limited to Corus Entertainment, Ontario Media and Development Corp, Cassels Brock, the RBC Foundation’s Film and Media Division, Buck Productions, William F. White, Radke Film Group, Stealing Time Editing, and Jigsaw Casting.

This is an exceptional opportunity and the program is quite literally changing people's lives.

- Jeff Kopas, Co-Founder

POV 3rd Street is about working to break the cycle of poverty through media and the arts.

- Edie Weiss, Co-Founder

PARTNERING WITH 3rd STREET FOUNDATION

3rd Street Foundation is an intensive bi-weekly development program aimed at small groups of young adults, using the science of cognitive development to instill critical thinking skills. The program is run by Harvard-trained instructors and focuses on the skills that the OECD (Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development) and others have deemed critical to success, including communication literacy, social awareness, and autonomous control.

The 3rd Street program is based on the latest understanding of the neuroscience of motivation and its effect on social intelligence. We teach adaptive reasoning and advanced problem-solving techniques. Simply put, we give our students the tools they need to stay focused and manage their emotions.

Our Partnership

In 2012 POV ran twelve modules in partnership with 3rd Street. This collaboration proved extremely successful and led to our combined training program that not only equips our students with valuable technical skills, but also imparts critical thinking and soft skills that they might not otherwise learn.

Together we are able to prepare our students for, and subsequently place them in, their desired media jobs, as well as mentor them throughout their emerging careers. The partnership between POV and 3rd Street has created an organization like no other: POV 3rd Street is literally changing people’s lives.

POV and 3RD Street combined are a truly unique program, unlike anything else available.

- Jamie Purdon, Co-Founder

our work in action since 2007

70

Graduates

2302

Training hours

70

Full time jobs

Meet our current class of 2017

Samantha Chizanga

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Samantha Chizanga

Samantha Chizanga is a culinary creative with over a decade of experience within the culinary and creative world.  Born in Zimbabwe, Chizanga and has lived all over the world settling in Toronto in late 2005. Chizanga has merged her keen business acumen, industry and educational experience to create Black Culinarian, a platform that highlights and celebrates black chefs, cooks, photographers, and stylists.  As a forward- thinker, she plans to take her media training at POV3rdStreet and innovative mindset to create groundbreaking and progressive content representing those who represent her.

Neil Power

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Neil Power

Neil Power has a compassionate, calm and composed presence that is driven to succeed. Musically talented and attentive to detail, he embraces the chaos of life. He plans to become a powerful storyteller who can give an artistic voice to mental illness and brave new perspectives everywhere.

Wolf

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Wolf

Wolf is an up and coming artist/musician born and raised in Toronto Ontario. She is very outgoing and determined to make a dent in the production industry. Her art and music follow the latest trends and puts an edgy twist on them; creating new and powerful content and imagery that's bound to catch the eyes and ears of anyone looking for something new.

Sunita Miya-Muganza

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Sunita Miya-Muganza

Chantale “Sunita Miya-Muganza” Mubila Chantal (Born January 21, 1989) is a Tanzanian- Canadian writer, producer, entrepreneur and the founder of G.R.I.P (Grassroots International Productions) Media; an independent multimedia production company. The company aims to produce narrative-driven, authentic, engaging and entertaining stories that will inspire audiences around the globe through various mediums such as Films, Stage Plays, and Television.  In the recent years, Sunita is emerging as a dynamic and creative producer with the ability to envision the genesis of a creative idea and manage a conceptual project successfully from beginning to end. She is resourceful and innovative producing inspiring works with little resource and small budgets.

Shawnell Clarke

Sarafina McIntosh

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Sarafina McIntosh

Sarafina McIntosh is a young entrepreneur and a lover of music and the arts. Being an immersed in the performing arts a young age; this Toronto native realized that her interest for music and the arts was more than just a hobby, but a burning passion. In 2016 Sarafina created TBA Creative a blog discussing Toronto musicians and the state of hip-hop music, while shining light on amazing creatives. 1n 2017 Sarafina hopes that TBA Creative will grow into a household name creating a place for the creatives and artists to showcase their work and finally receive the recognition they deserve.

Richard Jay

Navi Mann

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Navi Mann

Navi Mann is an aspiring filmmaker and actor. She is a recent graduate of the Communications and Film Production program at York University. Navi spends a lot of her time on fitness, and she believes in living a healthy and active lifestyle. She loves storytelling and her work often focuses on themes of women empowerment.

Luther Saunders

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Luther Saunders

Luther Saunders, born and raised in Scarborough, brings a light not just to be seen but absorbed. Coming from what is known as “Screwface Capital”, acknowledgment on, any level, are rarely received. Well versed in music & dramatic arts, now 25, Luther wants to give any and everyone a chance to be seen. With the biggest term of endearment, Luther Saunders has started what he hopes to be the mecca of talent, OKICU.

Kanda Farkollie

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Kanda Farkollie

Kanda Farkollie is a passionate creative with a love for storytelling in all it’s forms. She was fortunate to attend Ryerson’s Media Production program where she was able to develop a continued love of on-air presenting, and further build upon her understanding of Producing and production as a whole. Kanda is excited about delving into this next phase of expanding her learning, and collaborating with fellow like-minded participants and future content creators.

Emmanuel Obuobi Jr

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Emmanuel Obuobi Jr

Emmanuel is a freelance videographer, editor, and photographer. He attended Seneca College for Broadcast and Television and moved on to York University, where he is currently studying in the Social Sciences realm. The path he is striving towards is one filled with quality and high achievements. He is passionate about video production and is always open to learning more about editing, script writing, lighting, and sound.

Donavan Jones

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Donavan Jones

Donovan Jones is a 24-year-old creative hailing from Toronto Ontario. Donovan studied at Durham college for digital photography. Donovan has practiced and developed the art of photography all throughout his life. He is still learning many things from other creatives and industry leaders but has yet to make his own mark in the community. Looking to the abstract Donovan is ready to add his unique vision to projects, have new experiences and make a long lasting statement during the Pov 3rd street program.

Demi Valentine

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Demi Valentine

Freelance Makeup Artist Demi Valentine, has used her keen creative eye and unique style to forge a successful artistry career, in Toronto’s fast-paced beauty and entertainment industry. Following her studies at George Brown College: Yorkville School of Makeup and Esthetics, she headed to New York City. There she trained under the direction of Celebrity Makeup Guru Priscilla Ono. In 2016 Demi cultivated her personal brand to create Valentine Artist Agency, a creative talent agency representing top makeup and hair artists in fashion editorial, commercial, film and television. Demi’s strong desire to continuously grow and expand within the entertainment field has led her to POV 3rd Street. Here, she has yet again set her sights on evolving creatively, delving into the world of film production and content creation.

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