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Want to get involved in student media?  Any student, anywhere can do it!  There are three ways:

  1. Contact Mr. Callens through email:  [email protected] and express your interest.  We need people to produce shows of general interest to high school students.  Also, current events and news items, and sports are of particular interest.  You can also submit your film or request an interview to discuss your work.
  2. Volunteer at the school and work at Studio C.  We are always busy and need help producing new material.
  3. Sign up for the Introduction to Broadcasting course, IDC3O.  It will be on your course selection sheet next year!  If you have any questions, come and see Mr. Callens in room 1024, or email: [email protected].

State Farm Youth Advisory Board

ConfedTV, Studio C, IDC3O, and the entire Students In Media project is made possible by a generous dontation from the State Farm Youth Advisory Board.  Here is part of the article that appeared in the Northern Life:  Confederation Secondary School has received a $67,000 grant from the State Farm Youth Advisory Board for a “Students in Media” project. The project is part of the new Specialist High Skills Major (SHSM) in Information and Communications Technology launched at the school this year.

“We thank State Farm for its generous contribution to student success,” said Rainbow District School Board Chair Doreen Dewar. “These funds are enabling Confederation Secondary School to provide students with an exceptional hands-on learning opportunity using state-of-the-art technology.”

The State Farm Youth Advisory Board is made up of 30 students, ages 17 to 20, from across Canada and the United States. They help State Farm design and implement an annual $5 million initiative to address issues important to State Farm and communities across both countries.

Teacher Dylan Callens applied for the grant last spring along with a team of students led by Cody Trites. The students, including Kyle Wagner, Brent Trayner and Drew Glen-Robinson, produced a video and provided their input.

“I was searching for funding opportunities because I wanted to make our Specialist High Skills Major relevant for students interested in Information and Communications Technology,” said Callens. “I am grateful that the State Farm Youth Advisory Board shared our vision.”

Over 2,000 applications were submitted.  A total of 68 projects received funding. Only three of the projects were in Canada. The funds have been used to purchase video equipment to create a functional Internet based television station at Confederation Secondary School.

Students will broadcast live high school sporting events, community events and school functions. Students will also create newscasts, a television series and documentaries. Curriculum expectations from several courses will be integrated into video production. The school has already begun streaming content, which can be accessed at Follow the ConfedTV link.

Confederation Secondary School Principal, Pabo Gil-Alfau, commended Dylan Callens and his team of students for their leadership in the grant application process and thanked State Farm for its support. “We are most grateful to the State Farm Youth Advisory Board for having selected our school,” said Principal Gil-Alfau. “Our new SHSM in Information and Communications Technology has been enhanced as a result of these funds. Our students are benefiting from a dynamic learning experience which will open doors for their future.”

Visit the State Farm Youth Advisory Board. Be sure to check out our project page while you're there!

State Farm Youth Advisory Board