First of all, we want to thank our immigrant and refugee youth for their commitment and dedication to this project, but especially for sharing their immigration and life stories. We truly admire them because they are sharing their personal and family stories, their dreams, struggles and successes with a whole community.
We also want to thank the Canadian Council for Refugees’ Youth Action Network for inviting a group of four of our youth to their annual gathering in Toronto in 2014. Our youth got inspired by some of their projects and the idea of a website to raise the profile of the immigrant community was born right after attending the conference. Thanks to funding from the CCR’s Speak Up projects, MadeInYGK.com is here to stay.
The Tett Centre for Creativity and Learning has been a major partner since they helped us plan, organize and deliver the Made In... Film Camp that was held in July, 2015.
The Awesome Foundation selected our Film Camp amongst four other projects. Thanks to the grant we received, we could offer a full-day week-long summer camp free of charge to eight of our youth. The videos that were created are now part of this website.
Finally, thanks to the City of Kingston for their support since the inception of the project, and the Kingston community for their willingness to learn more about our immigrant community.