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

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Full time jobs

Meet the team

Agapi Gessesse

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Agapi Gessesse

Executive Director

Jaime Purdon

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Jaime Purdon

3RD STREET FOUNDER & TEACHER

Jamie Purdon is a Teacher with POV 3rd Street and was once one of the most influential journalists in Canada, form in charge of the largest and most influential news organization in Canada, the CBC. Purdon has degrees from York University, Ryerson, and the University of Windsor. Purdon also attended Harvard Kennedy School of Government where he received his Masters in Public Administration and is a teacher with 3rd Street.

Gabrielle Zilkha

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Gabrielle Zilkha

PROGRAM DIRECTOR

Born to a family of funny people in Montreal, Gabrielle’s career has always married humour, creativity and a healthy dose of social responsibility.  An award-winning filmmaker, Gabrielle’s films and transmedia projects have been screened and exhibited around the world. Her work has been covered by media outlets like CBC Radio, The Globe and Mail, TO Grid, Elle Magazine and the Canadian Jewish News as well as popular digital publications like Indiewire. Most recently, her short film Stop Calling me Honey Bunny was shortlisted for the Iris Prize.

Dwayne Holness

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Dwayne Holness

Program Manager

Danny Sedore

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Danny Sedore

Program Manager

Bryan Andreas

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Bryan Andreas

Communications Manager

Isaiah Sepidoza

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Isaiah Sepidoza

Office Assistant

Mammie Monah Water

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Mammie Monah Water

TEACHING ASSISTANT & POV ALUMNA

As an emerging writer and multidisciplinary artist from Scarborough, Ontario, Mammie Monah Water has channeled her passion for the arts, writing, and social sciences in ways that she hopes will someday help create change, break down barriers, and engage her city. As a POV alumnus, she is still finding her place in the media industry, and is excited to be involved as a Teaching Assistant with the POV 3rd Street team while she pursues her degree at the University of Toronto.

Milca Kuflu

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Milca Kuflu

TEACHING ASSISTANT & POV ALUMNA

Milca’s landing at POV helped restore her focus and passion for story writing. That opened the door for her into the world of advertising, where she now works at Leo Burnett following her internship there, as well as continuing on with POV as a Teaching Assistant. She was a director of POV’s most recent documentary “Dance Saved My Life”.

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