WAYout Arts

WAYout changes the lives of street, vulnerable and conflict affected young people through the arts. We offer training and shelter, make films that can effect change and record music that enables the excluded to re-engage. We promote artistic freedom, education and empowerment. WAYout provides certificated training courses in the arts: skills including digital media, photoshop, writing, shooting, editing and studio engineering and genres such as documentary, drama, current affairs or music clips. Filmmakers explore subjects as diverse as HIV and maternal mortality or comedy and music clips. They tell stories that their peers can relate to as well as those for an international audience. WAYout was founded in 2008 and has worked with over 2000 young people, mainly street youth, in Freetown in Sierra Leone. We have recorded 1000 tracks and 10 albums. We have run courses in filmmaking, editing, photoshop, journalism, music production and given over 400 certificates. So far (April 2017) over 810 people completed courses.

 

STREET TO STREET
Freetown
Sierra Leone

STREET TO STREET puts street youth in Freetown in touch with students in the UK via online video blogs. S2S offers students worldwide the opportunity to engage directly with street youth in Sierra Leone, via video and an internet forum. 6 young people aged 12 – 16 in Freetown upload weekly videos, so students from several schools can respond, asking questions and building relationships. For the street children from Freetown too there was a considerable impact, as we tried to assist them off the streets and into education. Since it began in January 2010 all 6 young people have a place to sleep and are in some level of education. Street to Street is designed as a long term, user led project, allowing relationships to build and understanding to grow over time.

“Street to Street fits perfectly with Citizenship and Geography themes in school, particularly in developing empathy and taking steps to overcome stereotypes” Chestnut Grove School.

Mental Health Awareness
Freetown
Sierra Leone

Towards the end of 2015 WAYout made a film about one of our most talented artists- Mash P- who is also an ex child combatant. Mash was struggling to come to terms with his past and was finding peace through his music. Mash went to meet those who knew him just after the war in an attempt reconcile himself to his past and the film was broadcast on BBC World and has been in several international festivals. We ran a discussion group and showed short films from around the world on mental health themes. Entrants were asked to write a proposal for a short film under 10 minutes long, it could be drama, animation or documentary. Ten shortlisted entries were then asked to pitch their idea, in three minutes, to a panel (another first). There were two winners- Catherine Kadie Musa-Kormayea for her short ‘I am bi-polar’ and Steven Tommy for his documentary ‘Raw’ about long term drug addiction. 

The Way film group
Freetown
Sierra Leone

The Way group is a filmmaking and music group of street youth from Central Freetown. Their album  “Wan World” was launched on 18th November 2016. Motto: "We Can." Started in 2013 when WAYout filmmaker, Alimamy Kamara, wanted to make their own films, so The Way film group was born. Some of the original members- Joe Crack, School Boy, Easy Man, Smokie, JJ., Usman, Gassimu Sesay, are off the street and have completed courses in photoshop and editing. The group is run by Alimamy Kamara, Mohamed Conteh and Sinneh Sesay who have been coming to WAYout since we ran our first courses six years ago. With Alimamy’s encouragement members started coming in to the hub regularly and learning to shoot and edit, which is a  great achievement, especially as most of them were not used to structure and turning up on time.