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2015 KitshouseP4A

Very early days for the 2015 KitshouseP4A but since we have had interest already, YES, we are accepting volunteers for our KitshouseP4A team which includes social media, teddy bear stuff, tech stuff and video creation support. If you want to be a video maker, YES, do starting making your video as soon as possible. while they won’t got public till the actual Project for Awesome in Dec (date tba) you can have your volunteer counted (especially important for high school seniors i know) as soon as you submit it to us and we will bank the vid till Dec.

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2014 Kits House P4A

So you’re excited to be involved the 2014 Kits House P4A! We are too. You can make a video, post a dare, volunteer for the tech team, or all of the above! We haven’t set the theme yet so we would love your suggestions so take the poll linked below. We will be looking to have free one on one video making support again in some form.

Speaking of which, we need budding journalists, documentarians, and videographers who want to share their talents and help members of the community who do not have editing and storytelling experience to use this medium. This enables people who would not otherwsie be able to share their shine and tell their stories, and that inspires others and helps foster community! Plus you get accredited volunteer hours.

We would love to create a video equipment lending library so donations for that and for the video creation support process are greatly appreciated!

Also we always need volunteers on the Kits House P4A tech team to manage social media, help with video creation support, and various tech stuff.


Volunteer Opportunities, 2014

Community Building Video Project: Kits House Project for Awesome

Any person or team making a KitshouseP4A is eligible for volunteer hours which can be counted towards any high school requirements, resume or other programs. However, participants much sign up as kitshouse volunteers. Email for more details. Outside of that, it is not required that KitshouseP4A participants be official kitshouse volunteers.

On top of that; below you will find THREE different real world applications for volunteers in the interested in the areas of video creation support support, tech support, community building and social media engagement for the Kits House Project for Awesome (P4A).

Based on our learning from the last two years, we are looking for volunteers in THREE different areas throughout the year to support our video-makers, volunteers to engage community more widely on social media and volunteers to offer tech support in various areas as the project progresses. The breakdown of these opportunities are included in separate sections below.
Here are some links to what we have done in past years.

Youtube with the videos from 2012, 2013 and 2014
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Kits House Project for Awesome Website
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Volunteer Opportunity #1: VIDEO MAKING SUPPORT
We are looking for video making support for people who are afraid of the technology and/or the story telling components of the project. People would bring their raw footage and or pictures and a video support person who would help them clarify the story idea and develop it into a video that is 4 minutes long or less.

Interests in areas like journalism, documentary, film making, communications or social media. These video support folks would need to have a laptop with video editing software and knowledge of that software, some sort of video/audio capture tech in case the raw footage the video-makers bring needs some gaps filled in, and good people skills.

These people would be practicing their leadership and technical skills as they empower community members to see the value in their stories, experiences, and activities. Students would have support from the Project for Awesome Lead, a Kits House staff person, and a storytelling mentor who was supported video makers in the 2013 Kits House P4A. The video support team will ideally be working with a wide cross section of society and so have amazing real world applications for their skills. The rewards would be seeing video makers blossom under their support and encouragement, and seeing the videos go up Dec 17th as part of the larger P4A. They would also have these videos as portfolio pieces.

Volunteers can come in to support the project for a month or two or for the whole of the 2014 P4A depending on their interests and time availability. We can tailor the volunteer time for the specific needs and availability of each volunteer.

December 17th is when the p4a happens so videos need to be up on our Youtube page no later than the weekend before. Videos can be produced at any time.


Volunteer Opportunity #2: SOCIAL MEDIA SUPPORT
We are looking for social media support to gain video makers and to get people excited to come and participate in the 48 hour Project for Awesome that happens every December 17th.

Interest in areas like social media, marketing or communications plus a passion for community building. These volunteers would need to be self starters with good online communication skills and knowledge or a willingness to learn. They must be people who like connecting and working with others.

These people would get to see real world real time evidence of the power of social mediums. This project is a great opportunity to engage people and groups online in fun and creative ways. Volunteers would have leadership support from the Project for Awesome Lead, and a Kits House staff person. A great resume or university application activity.

Volunteers can come in to support the project for a month or two or for the whole of the 2014 P4A depending on their interests and time availability. We can tailor the volunteer time for the specific needs and availability of each volunteer.

Social media support is needed most during the actual P4A and this year we would love to see some live streaming during the P4A to really encourage and excite people to participate. As the year progresses, the social media support focus changes; first focusing on encouraging people to make videos and then to getting people to come out for the Project for Awesome on December 17th to like/comment and view the stories.


Volunteer Opportunity #3: TECH SUPPORT
We need tech savvy volunteers who are interested in making the tech components of the Kitshousep4a user friendly and getting the videos uploaded and ready to go live for Dec 17 2014.

Computer savvy volunteers who would be problem solving uploads, creating how tos and trouble shooting any other tech components that arise in any area of the KitshouseP4A. They may work with the social media and video creations teams on some areas, and so need some measure of comfort working with others.

These volunteers would get to experience rewarding real world world applications of the power of bridging the tech divide and helping people get over their fear of computer and software arenas so that that can get comfortable using these mediums to connect and build community. Volunteers would have leadership support from the Project for Awesome Lead, and a Kits House staff person. A great resume or university application activity.

Volunteers can come in to support the project for a month or two or for the whole of the 2014 P4A depending on their interests and time availability. We can tailor the volunteer time for the specific needs and availability of each volunteer.


KitshouseP4A tech team Lead (volunteer)

Emily Palmer (Kits House Staff P4A supervisor)
604-736-3588 ext 27


2012 FAQ Kitshouse P4A Dec 17th-Dec19th

We will have the links for the 2012 Kitshouse Project for Awesome (P4A) Videos on this page starting at 9am Dec17th.  The goal is to get 10,000 views and as many likes and comments on each of these videos within the subsequent 48 hours to ‘hack’ google analytics so that they make it to the front pages of youtube so that even more people get to see them and start thinking and talking about community!!!  Most of the videos will be uploaded to our youtube channel to help the public find them, but  for late submissions we will make sure we put the links here if we don’t have time to get them uploaded.  We encourage you to watch all the videos when you first start, and below we have the order we will be working to get them on the front pages of youtube.

Playlist of the the 2012 Kitshouse P4A you can set to autoplay

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Youth Leadership

Yes if you didn’t get a chance to make a 2012 Kitshouse P4A Challenge Video but really wanted to, we will be doing it again in 2013, and will be applying for grants to do more video making workshops!

Yes if this challenge excites you and you want to support more community building, you can donate to Kitshouse here.

Car2Go Vancouver has a Kitshouse P4A Dare afoot to help spread the word and only needs a few more views of it’s community video to meet it’s 250 view Pie in the Face Dare!  (apparently we can have a say in what kind =P)

If you wish to submit a Kitshouse P4A Challenge Video, upload it to you youtube as unlisted and email the link to and leave it unlisted until after Dec19th, UNLESS you hear from us to make it public if we don’t  have time to get it uploaded to our channel before the start time.  The reason for this is that we want google and youtube analytics to only count the views and comments in ONE place so that these vids can reach the front pages of youtube.

AND that’s not all for on Jan 4th we are having a wrap up potluck where you will get to meet the video makers, share about digital storytelling, talk to the video making workshop facilitator AND have input in the 2013 Kitshouse P4A and upcoming Video Making Workshops!

Please post any other questions in the comments below and we will answer them as best as we can =)

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Help Spread the Word, Kitshouse Project for Awesome Community Challenge

We are heading into the final stretch and we need your help to spread the word to come to youtube on Dec 17 and for the following 48 hours and participate in the Kitshouse Project for Awesome (P4A) Community Challenge to work together to push Kitshouse P4A vids to the front pages of youtube and in so doing help DECREASE WORLD SUCK!!

Come to this wordpress during that time (or our twitter and we will direct you to where the videos are so you can view. rate. comment. and like these videos A LOT to get them on the front pages of youtube and so share their awesomeness with even more people.

AND as an incentive, Kitshouse Staffers have a dare that if the first Kitshouse P4A challenge vid that we work to get to the front pages of youtube gets 1000  view during the 2012 P4A they will wear pajamas to work Jan 18th, AND as with all dares, PICS OR IT DIDN’T HAPPEN!!  Feel free to add your own dares to get folks participating!  but do let us know about them so we can spread the word!

Until then let’s work together to fulfil Car2Go’s Kitshouse P4A Dare.  250 views of this video where Car2go’s staffers talk about their community experience and work to get the public community building through the Kitshouse P4A with their pie in the face dare.  And seriously, who doesn’t love pie =D

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Free Storytelling & Video Workshops

Free Storytelling & Video Workshops


Become a movie-maker in an afternoon! Learn how you can use the technology you already have, even your smartphone. This workshop will give you the skills and guidance to start telling creative, thoughtful, entertaining and fun stories just like the professionals.

We are offering FREE workshops to support people to make videos for the Kits House Project for Awesome Video Challenge. You can attend one workshop or all three.

Dates: Sundays November 11th, 18th & 25th

Times: 1:00-3:00pm (workshop) 3:00-4:00pm (optional coffee and chat)

Location: 2425 Vine Street (at West 8th Ave)

Cost: FREE

At the end of these workshops, you’ll have the skills and confidence needed to turn on that camera and end up with the story you wanted to tell. Then you can put it out there for all the world to see. And even if you choose to not pick up the camera, you’ll come away with a better understanding of the role such stories play in our lives be looking behind the curtain.

George Orr –  Workshop Facilitator 

George Orr is an award-winning documentary film-maker whose professional career has focused on finding and telling compelling stories. From his beginning as a working journalist, and then as an educator who has taught the majority of broadcast and video-journalists in British Columbia, George has become a proponent of backpack journalism. With his training and guidance, you will gain the insight needed to use the modern technology to tell stories that will draw in the viewer, and entertain and engage your community.

For more information about the Kits House Project for Awesome Video Challenge visit:




Last year was Kitshouse’s first year participating and 8 local youth made a fabulous video you can see here. This year Kitshouse is proposing a challenge that people make videos themed “COMMUNITY. WHAT”S IT TO YOU?” with the resulting videos being posted on November 17th where the second part of the challenge engages the public to chose the order we work to push them to the from pages of youtube on Dec 17th by voting with the youtube ‘like’ button, BUT WITH ALL PARTICIPANT VIDEOS BEING POSTED IN THE PROJECT FOR AWESOME ON DECEMBER 17TH!!

All other info can be found at the Kitshouse Project for Awesome wordpress, especially relating to video and challenge specificsdaresbusiness participation, and certification of volunteer hours

We will be organizing some community workshops to support the Kits House Project for Awesome Youtube Video Challenge. We would like to organize workshop(s) in the Fall and want to hear from you on what you are interested in learning about. Please click here and fill out our quick survey.

Kitshouse P4A 2011