Thanks to generous funding by YouthBank, Longford’s own Backstage Youth Theatre were able to branch out from the stage, and make movies. Their project ‘Saving Makes Cents’ is a series of short films, designed to promote the concept of savings to a teenage audience, primarily via the internet and YouTube.
Last year, YouthBank invited local youth groups to pitch for funding as part of their Money Sense campaign, in a Dragon’s Den style scenario. The BYT pitch proved successful, netting them €2,500 to spend on equipment, training and editing costs. The fruits of their labours are available online at www.youtube.com/backstageyt
Paul Higgins, Chairperson of BYT, told the Leader how much the YouthBank funding meant to the group.
“It has been a very exciting project for us. BYT is full of talented people, and the YouthBank funding allowed us to explore new avenues, and develop new skills. Making the movies was hard work, but also a lot of fun. With the equipment and training we have received, we plan to carry on making movies, as well as producing shows on-stage.”
Paul was also full of praise for the work that YouthBank do. “Everyone involved in YouthBank do a great deal to help youth groups, locally and nationally. Without their assistance, and funding, we would not have been able to undertake this project. So, on behalf of all the members of BYT, I thank them for making this possible for us.”