VIDEO: Films direct youth to help

AYDEN Lamont of Mount Pritchard hopes to inspire young people to reach their potential.

So the 19-year-old has made a film that focuses on his life experiences and shows how he rose to face his own set of challenges.

The film was a part of a youth digital arts project called Cinema of the Street.

It was run by the Ted Noffs Foundation at Liverpool's Street University.

Mr Lamont said the youth organisation had helped him to achieve his goals.

"I got away from the wrong crowd and now I feel like I'm living up to my full potential," he said.

"I realised I was a lot better off and that I could achieve more in my life.

"Don't let anyone tell you can't do something.

"If you want something, go for it and don't turn back."

Cinema of the Street includes a collection of short films made by teenagers.

It aims to build awareness among young people who are confronting drug and alcohol problems and highlights some of the support programs available to them.

The films are being launched as part of the Ted Noffs Foundation's 2013 Christmas appeal.

Ted Noffs Street University co-founder Matthew Noffs said the holiday season was a particularly difficult time for some young people.

"We wanted to put the camera and the microphone in the hands of the youth themselves to let them share their perspectives and tell us what's helped them overcome the darkest period of their lives," he said.

"We hope by letting these young people tell their stories, we can help other youth understand the support that is available to them and ultimately help save other lives — especially during Christmas time."

To donate to the appeal or view the films, visit cinemaofthestreet.com. Proceeds will go towards additional support programs for young people.

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