Respect yourself. It's a theme that resonated with a group of high school students in British Columbia who were asked to produce a series of anti-gang videos for young people.
"We thought about how in a gang you're just a number," says 15-year-old Sydney Ramage, who attends the Kamloops School of the Arts and served as the project director. "You're not respected in a gang."
Last year, members of the Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit (CFSEU) — B.C.'s anti-gang agency — visited the school to talk about its role in combatting organized crime and gangs.
From that event, the idea was born to have the school's media arts students produce four videos with powerful anti-gang messages. More than 40 students were involved in the project.