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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Meet the class of 2016 2015 2016

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Hopeton LaTouche

Haley Shaw

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Haley Shaw

Haley Shaw is an activist, aspiring content creator, and writer from Scarborough. Her work often focuses on themes of class, race, and women’s issues.

Facebook: Haley Bjornsgaard Shaw
Instagram: Haleyselassie

Tyrell Shirley

Tamara Dyce

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Tamara Dyce

Tamara Dyce is an upcoming Canadian cinematographer and screenwriter who has worked with various directors in the film industry. Her most recent work was on set with directors Randell Thorne and Spencer Maybee. Her work has been showcased at the Toronto International Film Festival Lightbox for young directors. Through film, she wants to convey deeply immersive visual worlds through storytelling and creative visual content that will intrigue the minds of her audience.

You can find her on Twitter at @mzdyce_ and Instagram at mzdyce.

David Jay

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David Jay

David Jay is a recording artist from Haiti who currently resides in Toronto.
His style focuses on melodic vibes and emotional subject matter.
You can view his work at Soundcloud.com

Treschelle Gibson-Serrette

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Treschelle Gibson-Serrette

Treschelle Gibson-Serrette is the CEO of Suppressed Intuition; an independent photography company. Her vivid, editorial style has been featured in ‘Say Word’ Magazine. Ms. Gibson-Serrette’s online portfolio can be viewed at www.suppressedintuition.ca

Brandon Roberts

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Brandon Roberts

Brandon “King of Heartz” Roberts is a singer, songwriter, producer and photographer born and raised in Scarborough Ontario. King of Heartz has a way of making his audience feel nostalgic with his style of music that captivates the heart. He has been featured in Urbanology magazine and has performed at Magic City in Atlanta. You can find him through SoundCloud and Instagram at KingOfHeartzMusic.

Kevin Amponsem

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Kevin Amponsem

Kevin Amponsem is a cinematographer from the city of Toronto. His work has been showcased in the Toronto International Film Festival Lightbox. He has directed music videos for artist such as Seole, Maurice and Emoney. You can follow him on Instagram at Visual Khemistry.

Jeffery So

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Jeffery So

Jeff So is a Toronto Filmmaker whose work comprises of producing and directing music videos, corporate online videos, and short films. His work has been screened at independent and international festivals.

Ryan Flannery

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Ryan Flannery

Ryan Flannery is an aspiring filmmaker. His focus is on script writing, cinematography, and editting. Currently he is writing an original science fiction web series. He is also a cool dude.

Nikki Bagheri

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Nikki Bagheri

Nikki Bagheri is a multimedia content creator based in photography, styling and rapping. She has styled and photographed many artists with a focus on honest portraiture and a keen eye for vulnerability. Nikki’s music, similar to her photography, touches on themes of melancholy and whimsy, and can be found featured on online music publications such as Noisey, IXdaily and Respect mag.

For visual art endeavors visit www.nikkibagheri.weebly.com or @accidentintent on IG/FB/TUMBLR

For musical enlightenment search Nicxtina on Soundcloud & YouTube.

Arjun Bhalla

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Arjun Bhalla

Arjun Bhalla is a visual story teller who works as a photographer, independent filmmaker, and editor. He has worked as a photographer and production assistant on numerous short films and productions. His creative work can be viewed on his YouTube channel “Production Studios Films” and his Instagram page “arjun97”.

Cleon Mills

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Cleon Mills

Mr Mills is a director,cinematographer/photographer from Toronto. He has directed music videos for artists such as Don million and fresh money as well as having filmed artist events like, Lloyd banks & yg. He has filmed interviews, wedding receptions, Toronto Youth Day and independent film projects

Contact info:
Art Of Life on facebook
Email: artoflifee@gmail.com

Chardonae Hamilton

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Chardonae Hamilton

Chardonae Hamilton is a multimedia artist from Brampton. Having the opportunity to work behind the camera on documentaries such as “XRT! Director’s Journey” she is in the process of shifting her creative expression to screenwriting where she will focus on the struggles of mental illness in captivating short stories and series.

Kaydeen Bennett

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Kaydeen Bennett

Kaydeen Bennett is a writer, actress, & comedian. She graduated from The Second City Training Centre in 2014. Now she regularly performs stand up in Toronto.

Kristina Wong

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Kristina Wong

Kristina Wong is a Toronto-based filmmaker. Her consistent attention to detail and compelling visual imagery are key to her intimate interdisciplinary work. Her short films have been featured in the Victoria film festival, Phoenix film festival and Toronto Urban film festival. She is currently studying film production at York University.

Howard Hamilton

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Howard Hamilton

Howard Hamilton is a Toronto based filmmaker. He has created multiple shirt films, including a feature length documentary on Toronto’s DJ scene.

Kemdilo Deller

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Kemdilo Deller

Kemdilo is a Toronto based multi-media artist. Rapidly mastering and building his directing, video editing and acting skills ; he seeks only success through absolute non-perfection by releasing creative music videos such as “Party x2” by Kemdilo Gold , “Falling Apart” including “Rise” by 10Digits on Vevo and Youtube.

Hilda Amponsah

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Hilda Amponsah

Hilda Amponsah is an aspiring, Toronto-born media personality who is known for her realistic views within the entertainment industry. She has done modelling and a pilot television series called U-Tour which aired on Metro TV in Ghana.

Ashley Iris Gill

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Ashley Iris Gill

Ashley Iris Gill is a multifaceted filmmaker, director and editor from Durham. She is known for her ability to tell captivating stories from perspectives not shown in the media. You can connect with her on all social media at: @DirectedByAiG

Renee Tellis

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Renee Tellis

Renée Tellis is a multidisciplinary artist, currently engaged in art direction and music production. She is a hardworking graduate of the We Are Lawrence Avenue Photography Project and the UForChange Film and DJ Program. Her work can be experienced at
http://wearelawrenceavenue.com/category/renee-tellis/

Tevin Thompson

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Tevin Thompson

Tevin Thompson is an internationally recognized multi media artist who focuses on fashion, djing and film production. Tevin has DJED at clubs in Toronto and across the United states. You can find him on all social media @tevinxthompson

Alejandro Castellanos

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Alejandro Castellanos

Alejandro is a multimedia content creator and aspiring filmmaker. His innovative approach to capture influential moments with cleverness and spontaneity blends seamlessly with his resourcefulness to bring ideas to life.

Delbert Valerio

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Delbert Valerio

Delbert Valerio is a Toronto multi-media artist, focusing on sketch artistry, street, and event photography. His work in event photography can be seen by jazz FM.91 events. 

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