McNair Secondary • Beneath My Skin

This video was produced by students of McNair Secondary School in Richmond as part of their 2015 BIG IDEAS School Project. Youth are often faced with many crossroads during their adolescence with peer choices, family instability, access to risky temptations (drugs, alcohol), identity and social pressures. For youth who have been perceived as “at-risk”, these crossroads are often more consequential in defining the paths they ultimately take. This project aimed to give a mic to “at-risk”’ youth to paint the life portrait of their challenging lives today. The students were inspired by the Vancouver Biennale urban mural GIANTS to uncover beauty in unexpected places. By giving voice to these youth, we hope to sustain an echo of hope and possibility in their creative production of self on an educational platform.


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