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

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Graduates

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Training hours

70

Full time jobs

Meet our current class of 2019

Farhiya Dini

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Farhiya Dini

Farhiya Dini is a Somali-Canadian writer and multidisciplinary creative based in Toronto. As someone who believes that film has the ability to revolutionize how we identify, she’s focused on producing stories that center on women of colour and others living on the margins. Her work deals with issues of identity, Black vulnerability, and mental health.

Roshni Raveenthira

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Roshni Raveenthira

Roshni Raveenthiran is a Tamil creative, educator and community organizer born and raised in Toronto. Her Tamil identity and lived experiences continue to empower her to challenge mainstream narratives in the film and media industry. Aspiring film and web series creator, Roshni creates a platform to highlight silenced narratives in Toronto in an effort to capture the muse of resistance within our community.

Patricia Gavidia

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Patricia Gavidia

Patricia Gavidia is a visual artist born in Peru, raised in Montreal and currently based in Toronto. She shoots, directs and edits creative content that promotes open discussions about social issues, cultural development, and the empowerment of women. She is fascinated by the human experience and is searching for a deeper understanding of the psychology behind it all. Patricia’s motivation is to inspire through intensely personal stories that others can relate to or learn from.

Stephanie Hanson

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Stephanie Hanson

Born and raised in Toronto, Ontario, Stephanie Hanson is a creative director and music advocate. She is a passionate individual in supporting Toronto’s creatives. Through her advocacy on music, and the creative arts scene, she aims to build platforms for exposure. With that, her short documentaries capture underrepresented creatives’ voices in the multimedia spaces that she will continue to develop. For the community and with the community, she has been the foundation for generating strong bonds with countless creatives into furthering their artistry. Stephanie Hanson is quickly becoming the premier outlet for resources and exposure for struggling Toronto creatives.

Paolo Manalo

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Paolo Manalo

Paolo Manalo is a Filipino Canadian based in Toronto, Canada. Paolo lends himself entirely to whatever creative endeavor he takes
on. Whether it’s directing plays, hip hop dancing or managing small video shoots he takes every opportunity to showcase his creative audio- visual expertise. After earning a Bachelor’s degree, Paolo chose to step into a whole new journey by chasing his childhood dreams to become a journalist. His main goal in life is to travel the world, influence, and inspire other youth to chase their dreams. Paolo is an action-oriented, and lifelong learner. Through media arts, creativity, and motivation, Paolo seeks more Asian representation to open doors for future generations of Asian youth.

Natalie Chatargoon

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Natalie Chatargoon

Natalie is a Toronto born and raised creative. Branching out to new adventures in the media industry. Focusing on telling realistic stories and making visions come true in her photography role. Having a vibrant view on youth and women empowerment to build better communities. Learn, inspire and grow.

Nasteexho Muse

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Nasteexho Muse

Nasteexo Muse is a documentary filmmaker of Somali background from Kitchener, Ontario. Nasteexo Muse creates spaces for underrepresented people to be represented authentically in the media by highlighting their many narratives. Nasteexo Muse focuses on the narratives of black and Muslim people and shares the many perspectives they offer through her documentaries. Nasteexo Muse relies heavily on the art of visual aesthetics to accompany her storytelling to share narratives in a compelling and artistic way.

Muna Youssouf

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Muna Youssouf

Muna is the lady behind lifetastessour, breaker of bounds, wearer of the seven-league boots, mother of creations, and those don’t even begin to scratch the surface of Muna the looney tune. Not only is she a refugee from Djibouti, but she was also raised in London UK and now she’s ready to share her journey, stories, and talents with Torontonians. Her unconventional method of storytelling will remind you of the hysterical oversharing of Bridget Jones but with a twist.

Makai Livingstone

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Makai Livingstone

Makai Imani is a Toronto based, Afro-Caribbean creative. His work centers on the complexities of black existence and captures the beauty in the invisible elements of the hypervisible black body.

Kion Flatts

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Kion Flatts

Kion Flatts is a Black Canadian born and raised in Scarborough. Kion is a creative and a performer who focuses his works on tackling narratives foreign to his upbringing. Kion believes where he grew up naturally pushed boys/men into one path. He aims to find the depth outside of those barriers through film, writing and acting. His tough upbringing mixed with a long battle with his health pushes him to educate, inspire and spark minds to think.

Hanfare Mohamad

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Hanfare Mohamad

Raised in Africa and The Middle East, Hanfare Mohamed is a 25-year-old social activist, director, and storyteller currently residing in Toronto. While highlighting tales of the global African diaspora and their trials and tribulations, Hanfare creates content that bridges cultures and erases the illusions of division amongst people of all backgrounds.

Minzi Roberta

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Minzi Roberta

Minzi Roberta is a young female creative, best known as an aspiring filmmaker and an upcoming DJ in Toronto. Her creative works are inspired by her Japanese heritage and her Afrocentric ethnic background. Her works cater to her experience through storytelling and visual aesthetics. She is also inspired by other women of colour and hopes to use her creativity to empower other women to live authentically. Her recent short film Maji (2019) was premiered at Malvern Film Festival at Carlton Cinema and won an award for “Most Experimental Film.”

Kae Egalite

Joshua Obra

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Joshua Obra

Joshua Obra is a 22-year-old creative born and raised in Scarborough. Not bound by rules he seeks to provoke thought through creative outlets such as film, music as well as the written word, in hopes to introduce new perspectives to all walks of life.

Husam Alaghbari

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Husam Alaghbari

Dubbed the voice for a voiceless generation, Husam Alaghbari is a filmmaker/photographer who brings visuals to life. Known for his storytelling methods that are inspirational and engaging, he has the ability to leave viewers in awe! Also known for his thought-provoking and heartwarming poetry; he continues to tour alongside influential speakers and entertainers.

Camille Johnson

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Camille Johnson

Camille Johnson is an artist and cultural worker from Toronto. Heavily influenced by her upbringing in Little Jamaica and work in Regent Park, her art is grounded in community development, and shatters the stigma of marginalization by highlighting stories of perseverance, resilience, and joy.

Anthony Meeks

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Anthony Meeks

Anthony Meeks uses his platform to bridge the gap between race and sexual identity, through singing, acting, dancing, modeling, and media content creation. Passionate about The Arts and Broadcast Television, Anthony is a multifaceted self-starter who has branched his talents off into, graphic design, producing, directing, screenplay writing, photography, music, and poetry. Through his trials and tribulations, Anthony humbly believes that family, friends, and laughter are the key components that have helped him succeed. Anthony is eager to use the complexities of his past to create a bright and promising future. Through perseverance, dedication, and charm, Anthony continues to push the envelope to create impactful media and express Black Boy Joy.

Anne Vo

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Anne Vo

Anne Vo is a Vietnamese-Canadian multidisciplinary artist born and raised in Toronto. She strongly believes in elevating the representation of the BIPOC community within the entertainment industry. She is currently specializing in photography and cinematography focusing on creating BIPOC-centered content. She strives to push traditional boundaries, encourage social change and promote authenticity, inclusivity, and diversity in her work.

Amira Muhamud

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Amira Muhamud

Amira Mahamud is a Queer Somali writer and director from Toronto, Canada. Her work aims to reflect the lived experiences of the Black Queer diaspora. At 17, Amira began writing short stories about her own experience navigating western culture. Amira is dedicated to showcasing the personal narratives of her community and revealing the complexities of mental health for Black and Queer folks.

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