Youngsters look to their future

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HARD-WORKING youngsters showed off their journalistic skills by creating their own documentary-type film.

Teenagers from various schools and groups throughout Hartlepool who attend B76 Barnardo’s, in Church Street, Hartlepool, have been looking at unemployment in the town and jobs that are on offer.

After interviewing various individuals including Hartlepool Mayor Stuart Drummond and MP Iain Wright, the teenagers put together their own film.

The film looked at job opportunities in the town and what youngsters have to do to give themselves the best chance of finding work.

The youngsters started work on the short film, which is called ‘So What Are You Having For Tea Tonight?’ after the closure of Corus in Redcar last year.

They looked at the importance of industry to the area and the role of education in a child’s development.

MP Iain Wright joined the group to watch the completed film.

Angela Tatum, deputy children’s service manager at B76 Barnardo’s, in Hartlepool, said the youngsters efforts had made her proud.

She said: “The group have been absolutely brilliant.

“It’s been a really interesting project for them looking at unemployment rates and job opportunities in the town.

“The final result of all of their hard work is fantastic.

“In the past we have made films where the youngsters have played acting roles, but this was the first journalistic type film we have made.

“The youngsters were all so keen and it has given them the hunger to go out there and do even more media work.”

As well as presenting their film to Iain Wright, they also showed their work off during a session at Hartlepool’s Historic Quay.

Tracy McDonnell. 14, a student at Dyke House Sports and Technology College, was one of the youngsters who took part in the project.

Tracy, who lives in the Murrary Street area of Hartlepool, said: “It’s been very interesting and enjoyable.

“It has been very good for our multimedia skills, I have learned a lot.”

Oscar Fitchett, 15, a student at Manor College of Technology, added: “I really like media but I have never had the opportunity to make a film like this before.

“I want to do more of it now I have had this taster, it’s great.”