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

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Training hours

70

Full time jobs

Meet our current class of 2018

Ashley Meza

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Ashley Meza

A multifaceted storyteller exploring several visual mediums with a focus on photography and film, acquiring skills for both behind and onscreen to expand her creative and professional endeavors. Ashley is focused on generating content and continuously uplifting the Latina presence and narrative in the media industry, she is interested in collaborating with talented artists to achieve this objective.

Junior Crawford (CJ)

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Junior Crawford (CJ)

A young creative living in Scarborough, CJ has a desire to sharpen and develop his skills in film production. His interests spread from scriptwriting and editing to directing and producing. His aim is to produce creative work, advertisements, series, films, and commercials putting more minorities in front and behind the camera. His inspiration comes from shows such as Insecure, Atlanta, and, Black Mirror. CJ has a strong appreciation for films and series that are both entertaining and thought-provoking. CJ believes that the POV program will provide him with the groundwork and connections to elevate himself as a creative, to execute his dreams.

Clinton Assante

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Clinton Assante

Clinton Assante being a passionate photographer & videographer who loves capturing significant moments and telling stories through the events of a lens. Coming from a surrounding where it feels like an opportunity is given to the privilege, deteriorating incomplete dreams felt like the norm. Clinton never thought that he could obtain some the of things he wanted to achieve or be in the environments he would like to be in without coming from a place of wealth or acceptance. Clinton is excited about the new opportunity that POV 3rd Street is giving him.

Danica Ricamara

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Danica Ricamara

Danica Ricamara formerly known as “Dizzy Dinero” is a creative raised in the Scarborough, Malvern area. Being exposed to violence in the community at a young age has always inspired her to become the change she wants to see in her community, wanting more than the satisfactory success stories of ‘making it out’. Dizzy found a movement she called “Indigooniez”. A support system for youth, showcasing the underground talent and giving young people opportunities to be vulnerable in safe spaces where they felt accepted and important . Dizzy strives to create meaningful content through fashion/film influencing individuality and fighting for the freedom of those who came from nothing.

Dion Lynch

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Dion Lynch

Dion Lynch is a creative originally from Calgary, AB. Dion moved to Toronto, ON to pursue a career in the film and entertainment industry. Being new to the city, Dion has made no hesitation surrounding himself with the people and tools to grow as a cinematographer and content creator. His passion and drive has brought him on a momentous journey, creating opportunities that would have never been possible if he stayed comfortable in his hometown.

Edel Kite

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Edel Kite

Edel Kite, who also goes by Idil, is a Toronto based urban and lifestyle photographer. Raised in Jane and Finch, she became inspired to do something about the area’s image problems by picking up a camera to document the real people and places that make up this vibrant community. Idil is currently taking part in the POV 3rd Street programme and is continuously working towards further developing her talents. Her goal is to gain more exposure and have her photographs exhibited.

Ladan Siad

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Ladan Siad

Ladan Siad is a Multidisciplinary Creative Technologist who works with art, design, and technology to tell narratives about the world. Ladan is a natural born collaborator and has used their skills to teach and help in many community-based projects in both Washington, DC and Toronto, Canada. Ladan is trained as a graphic designer.

Mike Regis

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Mike Regis

Mike Regis is inspired by stories about people who aren’t perfect and have flaws, as he admits he is not perfect and has many flaws. Mike embraces his history and welcomes his flaws. When he dedicates himself to something, he puts his all into it.

Minas Adonai

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Minas Adonai

Minas Adonai is a young and an aspiring film director and writer. He has completed a total of 4 short films all which have earned him a total of +10,000 views on YouTube. He plans on continuing to work on his craft in hopes of making a feature film.

Roshan Hamid

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Roshan Hamid

Roshan Hamid aka Rawky was born in the west end of Toronto. With social housing as the setting, he and his siblings grew up with a single mother who never spoke any English. Rawky realized at the age of 11 that he loved the entertainment industry and wanted to act in movies like one of his idols Jim Carrey. Navigating his way through the social scenes in a high-risk neighbourhood Rawky was able to stay out of any serious trouble. During high school, he discovered his passion for storytelling in various mediums, especially in film. Rawky, believing in timing and seizing the opportunities that come his way, is now a proud participant in the POV 3rd Street Media Training Program and is excited for the next adventure in this chapter of his life.

Varun Jiandani

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Varun Jiandani

Varun Jiandani from Mississauga, Ontario, has passions that lie in Entrepreneurship, Technology, Health and Media Arts. Varun wants to own and operate a business that reflects his beliefs and changes the way humans interact and treat each other. Varun is working hard to become a business manager for artists and musicians where he can help them take their talent to the next level. With a love for helping people and a belief in giving back to the community, Varun strives to educate himself on all the beautiful cultures that exist on our earth.

Veronika Latkina

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Veronika Latkina

Veronika is a freelance writer and photographer based in Toronto. Veronika believes that her work is aimed to show the inner depth of the human nature and the unique character behind each individual. Veronika has enhanced her shooting and editing skills while working with the reporters and camera operators. She is excited to for this new journey with POV 3rd Street.

Vipooshan Gangatatharan

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Vipooshan Gangatatharan

Vipooshan was raised in Scarborough, Ontario. Growing up in a low-income area ended up being more rewarding as a rich diversified community surrounded Vipooshan. After attending high school, Vipooshan to realize an undiscovered passion for film that would lead him to step on to the path of story-telling. Vipooshan realized at a young age that the media he was consuming rarely depicted a picture of his own reality. He plans to use what he learns at POV 3rd street to tell diverse stories. Vipooshan’s mission is not to tell stories that inspire everyone, but rather to provide inspiration to a younger version of himself.

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