Mobile Jam Fest announces partnerships for youth Millennium Development Goals film competition



    Youth learn their way - through technology

    TORONTO, June 8 /CNW/ - Mobile Jam Fest (MJF), http://mobilejamfest.com,
the world's largest youth creativity festival announces international
partnerships with Do Something.org, Taking IT Global, and the Toronto
Foundation for Student Success to create a user-generated film competition for
14-18 year olds. The competition is designed to encourage youth to create
dynamic films on what the Millennium Development Goals (MDG) mean to them. The
goals of the MDG/MJF competition are to educate youth on the issues that
affect us all at home and abroad.
    "When Dr. Kirsty Duncan, Vice-Chair of TFSS, brought the Millennium
Development Goals youth project to Mobile Jam Fest we were delighted with
their enthusiastic response. They just got it right away. With over 1 in 3
students in Toronto living in poverty, this film competition provides an
opportunity for youth in Canada's largest school board to explore the issue of
child poverty and student hunger not only in international terms but in their
own backyard," said Lorraine Nowina, Executive Director and CEO, Toronto
Foundation for Student Success.
    Launching September 4, 2007, youth from around the world will be able to
create and upload their film to http://mobilejamfest.com. Every 8 weeks they
will be challenged to create a new film on one of the eight goals - Eradicate
extreme poverty and hunger, Achieve universal primary education, Promote
gender equality and empower women, Reduce child mortality, Improve maternal
health, Combat HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases, Ensure environmental
sustainability, Develop a Global Partnership for Development.
    Awards will include tuition towards college or university anywhere in the
world, as well as Xbox 360 entertainment consoles. At the end of each 8-week
competition, anyone may view and vote online and with their mobile phones.
    "This competition embraces the values of MJF. It provides an incredible
platform for youth to express themselves and creates an excellent teaching
tool for parents and teachers to engage youth via their social lifeline - the
internet and their mobile phone," said Craig Goodwill, Executive Director,
MJF.
    The MJF website will offer participants and teachers tools and tutorials
on all elements of the MDG and the creative process. Through MJF, youth will
collaborate and learn more about creativity, social justice and the Millennium
Development Goals themselves.





For further information:

For further information: on MJF visit http://mobilejamfest.com, or to
learn more on how to become involved please contact Craig Goodwill at
craig@mobilejamfest.com

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