Here is a prime example of an AMES past participant moving into the role of a pivotal facilitator and mentor. Neelam Khare was a YouthMADE participant and is now the Coordinator and mentor for the HumanEYES program.

Neelam Khare is an emerging community artist, facilitator, film-maker, organizer and a communications student at Simon Fraser University. She was introduced to documentary filmmaking when she set off across Canada to document a film on resource extractive processes and its impacts on frontline communities. Her passion for film continued as she was accepted for the DOXA Kris Anderson Program in partnership with the NFB to further her training and connections in film-making. She co-founded the Girls In Real Life program that supported young women in exploring their identity, building healthy relationships and self-esteem, and providing a writing and zine-making mentorship that would feature their work in the community. She has worked with arts and social-change based organizations (the Global Citizen’s Program with the Vancouver School Board, Access to Media and Education Society, the Intercultural Film Institute at Collingwood Neighbourhood House, the Canadian Youth Climate Coalition and others) that recognizes the role creativity and dialogue can play in connecting with self, building relationships, creating social change and imaging spaces for diversity and arts to thrive. Along with her community work, she pursues her passion for music, vocals, and acting for her personal development. She’s studying music theory and piano at the Vancouver Community College, Vocal training at the Soulful Melody Institute, and was accepted in the acting program at Blue Egg Studio. She hopes to build bridges between communities, cultures, and her passion for the arts to transform oppressive spaces and contribute to meaningful change.

Past Participant interview with Neelam Khare

Neelam on the HumanEYES work she is doing this year:
Hi! My name is Neelam, and I’ve been working with Access to Media and Education Society as the coordinator for the HumanEyes project.  Human Eyes is an arts-based inter-generational storytelling program for elementary students in BC. Over the course of six workshops with each class, students engage in activities that delve deeper into building trust and community, exploring power and liberation, art and storytelling, and connecting to identity and ancestry. During the six weeks, students create and collaborate on an art piece for the HumanEYES showcase that brings all the schools together. I’m personally really excited to be working in a team of inspiring community facilitators, mentors, educators and students who bring courage, depth, truth and passion to this program.