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It was about a year ago that 12 students from Surrey schools were selected to participate in What Generation Gap?, a collaborative project between Tell Your Story Productions, the school district's Safe Schools department and the City of Surrey.
Each youth was strategically paired with a senior citizen from the community, with the aim of providing an opportunity for the student to grow – both personally and artistically – during the month-long initiative.
The end product is two videos made by each teen: one video sharing their own story and a second that shares the story of the senior they were paired with.
"It's really not that difficult to find something in common with somebody," says Surrey Safe School staff member Mandish Saran, "To see the youth understand that… that was powerful."
As this behind-the-scenes video shows, the project went far beyond learning about filmmaking and bringing different generations together, evolving into a sometimes-emotional journey that fostered friendship and transformation for all of the participants.