Who We Are & What We Do
Welcome to the new home of The Social Justice FOUNDATION (SJF) on the internet. The foundation started in 2007 with a simple yet powerful guiding principle: creating equity through training of vulnerable youth in rural and at risk communities in information and communications technologies (ICT).This guides our non-profit organization's main activities of:
- Youth Training Youth in sustainable skills- opening pathways to future media employment opportunities, as trainers themselves or their own businesses;
- Building self-esteem and self-hood by telling the story of youth and rural/ at-risk communities with their own voices and images;
- Bridging the digital divide in rural communities.
SJF seeks to build on The Good News (TGN) video production training programs done in several rural locations in Trinidad from Toco/Matelot, Carlsen Field, Mayaro/Guayaguayare, Tunapuna/ Curepe (for orphan homes), Rio Claro, Siparia and Penal that trained over 600 young persons. Some TGN graduates were hired as interns and full time staff at local TV stations CNC3, TV6, ieTV and CNMG, etc. Other graduates continue to record conferences and projects for other NGOs.
SJF also has created a suite of content including films selected for the T&T Film Festival such as 'The Mystery of the Soucouyant' (2013), the 'Glorious Childhood games of back in De day' (2012) and 'Life of a Young farmer' based on the real life story of a TGN trainer and 'Tales from the House of Smoke' of the Warao Amerindians in Siparia.
Fast forward to now – the global media industry has gone digital.
In order to remain relevant and advance its mission, it is therefore critical that SJF transform to a digital youth-oriented media organization with appropriate ICT infrastructure and Youth trainers certified in digital media skills to transfer to the upcoming next generation of youth storytellers.
The new global citizens are increasingly connected through the Internet or smartphone to a range of information, education, electronic/mobile commerce opportunities and government services, whilst sharing their stories through varied social media. However there is increasing concern about a digital divide where rural persons and vulnerable communities run the risk of exclusion from online information, services and opportunities.
Standing on the shoulders of giants: In Memoriam
Maureen Arneaud was the founder of the Social Justice Foundation and related training programs TGN Media and Good Media - aspired and inspired to give young people exposure to the sustainable ICT tools for telling compelling stories about what is happening in the environments around them.
"Our program seeks to do more than give a job skill. We want to help these young men and women become exemplars in their community. They come from diverse backgrounds with myriad challenges. We show them that this should not limit what they can become..."
IDB MPD Global Skills Support Program
Contribute to poverty reduction and social justice through equal opportunities to employment (i.e. media internships, jobs, certified trainers in digital media)
Create self-employment and entrepreneurship opportunities using online digital media.
Develop a cadre of trained digital media personnel that are skilled to support the continued development and export thrust of local and regional Creative Industries in film, animation etc.
Global Services Support Program
The Social Justice Foundation is grateful to be an grant awardee under the IDB MPD Global Skills Support Program to launch the basic Digital Media Skills training initiative aimed at development of holistic and certified training in digital media skills that can help transform these youth — both economically and socially while preparing the next generation of youth digital storytellers for employment and/or their own online businesses. This project was sponsored by the Ministry of Planning & Development — Global Services Support Program through funding provided by the Inter-American Development Bank. Listen here to the MInister of Planning & Development speaking at the Award launch for the Global Servies SUpport Programme.
Are you between the ages of 16 and 35?
Do you love writing stories, photography or videos?
- Basic Animation
- Photographs and photographic Effects
- Design Graphics
- Audio-visual tools
The outcome will be engaging and authentic stories of struggles and successes to empower individuals and communities to add their unique perspectives not often heard or seen in local, regional or international media. To qualify for an internship or even start your own business Social Justice Foundation will be conducting 8 weeks training in basic Digital Media Skills from 28th July in your communityInterested? We will be operating in six areas:
|Area||Start Date *|
|Arima/Wallerfield||21 Jul 2018|
|Cashew Gardens/Longdenville/Carlsen Field||28 Jul 2018|
|La Brea/Point Fortin||6 Oct 2018|
* All courses completed in 2019
Meet Our Team
A serial mompreneur who believes creative industries can be a rewarding life path for young persons in a rapidly changing world. I continue to be amazed by the passion and creativity of our TT youth who just need opportunities to showcase their skills
My name is Vinash and I'm a 26 year old photographer from St. Augustine. I've often been told that I have an eye for art and beauty but since I lack the hands to create such marvels, I choose instead to capture them from the world around me with my camera.
Yes, it's me
Leslie Ann has been a part of the film industry for the last 10 years. During that time, she has worked in the capacity of Producer, Production Manager, Locations Manager, Assistant Director and Production Coordinator. With a love for the film administrative process her company FIXERfilm Limited has a combined portfolio of working on over 10 feature films, numerous short films and several commercials.
A 23 year old university graduate currently building a life around science and creativity. I have an appreciation for kindness, silliness, and authenticity in human beings. A Jane of many trades, hopefully a master-to-be of some - I enjoy art, photography, and baking. Determined and optimistic. Living calmly with splashes of spontaneity..
When it comes to Photography and Digital Media, I have been always intrigued by it. My personal philosophy is to "never regret, because you always gain at the end of a battle" and "always give your all, no matter the task. Someone is there to appreciate it." So when I work, I donít want to just take a picture, but to captivate emotions and tell gripping stories.
Yes, it's me
Content creator. Dreamer. Artist in many forms.
Overachiever. Global Thinker. Leader. Strategist. Food Enthusiast. Super passionate about the transformational power of technology and businesses. Random love of binge watching tv shows and movies
This 'hero' hopes & Dreams to publish works and own an automated business with high social impact and seeks to create a better community for creatives locally and online by shifting mindsets to be more co-operative and collaborative.
Yes, it's me
I'm a laid back sports lover with a passion for photography. In my opinion, photography is one of the greatest forms of expressing oneself without the need for narration. My favourite types of photography are sports and event photography. There's something special and enjoyable about capturing moments, making memories last forever and taking candid photos