Media Minds


Media Minds is a new program implemented by Enactus SFU in response to major reductions in funding for ESL programs by the BC Ministry of Advanced Education.  To address this socio-economic need, Media Minds complements traditional ESL style programs by using videography as a tool to help immigrant youth creativel learn English. Through a series of 7-week workshops, our participants learn tangible media skills such as storyboarding, filming, and editing. In addition, students are given the opportunity to organize a community screening night, gaining project management skills in the process. Working with other peers as well as their "Media Mentors", these immigrant youth overcome language barriers to take on projects such as creating a documentary about their transition from life in their home country to life in Canada. The major takeaway from the 7-week workshop is for these youth to gain intangible skills (interpersonal, communication, confidence, etc.) to help better integrate them into Canadian society. Ultimately, we hope to give participants peer-to-peer mentorship, increased and ongoing support throughout the transition process, and media, cultural, and social-emotional skills development.

What would you  do with $3,000?

Up to $30,000* is available to fund SFU students who want to work with community partners to create meaningful impact.

Maybe you’re working on an existing idea for a class you’re taking, through a student club, or through another organization. Or maybe you just have an amazing idea that keeps you up at night.... Whatever it is, we want to hear from you!

Start the process now by registering today and then submitting your idea before November 24 – all you need is your passion and an idea. 

* Award amounts subject to change