Youths learn camera skills in class

WARREN – Learning to operate cameras and other video equipment is not just for adults. Local youths are learning the latest in video production through a class designed for them.

Martha Conyer of Free Indeed Ministries said that while there are video production classes at the center for adults, there is also a class for children to learn about using video and television cameras operating equipment and editing videos. Classes are provided in collaboration with Buckeye Digital Video Company with Becky Osborne instructing.

She said the classes introduce youths to the basic use of video cameras and editing.

Osborne has held programs in 68 classrooms elementary and middle schools.

Osborne said there are many jobs in video from voiceover work, film editing and video production.

“As an entrepreneur they can have their own business or work for someone else in television or production companies,” she said.

Conyer said she is working to get some kind of program started in local schools.

Each Saturday, a group of youths come to the center for the class, which is held at 1:30 p.m. for middle through young adult. Conyer said the video class allows access to the computers to learn a skill.

Conyer said the video training was done for at-risk students in Youngstown schools.

“The schools ran out of money and the class was stopped,” she said.

Eric Negron, a fifth-grader from Warren, said he likes to use the camera and has learned to hold the camera properly.

“It helps bring confidence. The first link to learning is gaining confidence, which helps them become better students,” Osborne said.

Conyer said scholarships through Inspiring Minds have been provided for youths to be part of the class.

For information, call 234-600-5806.