Transcript: The Route | Oct 20, 2002

(music plays)

A clip shows teenagers walking in the street, helping old people, babies and animals. A silver V spins in a ring. Red letters appear one by one creating the word “Circle.” A title reads “Teens who volunteer.”

In split screens, a time lapse shows teenagers preparing food and setting a table in a living room.

A girl in her teens appears. She has black hair and is wearing a red turtleneck.

Jasmin says WE'RE JUST A GROUP OF
FRIENDS WHO DECIDED
TO GET TOGETHER AND
MAKE A DIFFERENCE.
WE HAVE NOTHING MUCH
TO DO DURING THE WEEK
WHEN SCHOOL'S DONE, SO WE
DECIDED THIS IS SOMETHING
WE CAN DO AND MAKE
A DIFFERENCE,
SO IT'S GROWN
FROM THERE.

Tim stands by a table. He has short black hair shaved on the sides. He’s wearing a white pullover with a red line on the chest.

Tim says SO, NOW WE'RE GOING TO PROCEED
WITH EGG SALAD AND TUNA.

Jasmin continues THE ROUTE IS A CHARITABLE
AND WE BASICALLY GO
DOWNTOWN ONCE A WEEK
AND WE TRY TO HAND OUT
SANDWICHES TO HOMELESS PEOPLE.
I'VE BEEN INVOLVED WITH THE
GROUP FOR A YEAR AND A HALF.
AND THIS YEAR ALONG WITH
SYDNEY, TIM, AND BRIAN
I'M HELPING WITH THE
LEADERSHIP ASPECT.

(music plays)
A caption appears on screen. It reads “Name: Jasmin. Age: 18. Volunteer: The Route.”

Tim says WE HAVE A LOT OF PEOPLE.
WE NORMALLY GET 24 PEOPLE
COMING TO DOWNTOWN.
SO, WE DO HAVE
A LOT OF FUN.

The caption changes to “Name: Tim. Age: 18. Volunteer: The Route.”

Jasmin says I'VE BEEN PRETTY MUCH BEEN
VOLUNTEERING FOREVER.
MY PARENTS HAVE
INSTILLED VALUES IN ME
THAT IF I HAVE SOMETHING THAT
I CAN GIVE TO SOMEONE ELSE,
BE SELFLESS AND JUST TO
HELP PEOPLE WHO ARE NEED.
AND THIS IS SOMETHING THAT I
CAN DO AND CONTINUE DOING
AFTER I GRADUATE FROM HIGH
SCHOOL INTO UNIVERSITY.
FOR A LONG TIM HAS
BEEN TELLING ME
ABOUT VOLUNTEERING
AND WITH THE ROUTE
AND TRYING TO ENCOURAGE
ME TO COME ALONG.

The teenagers pack disposable cups, sandwiches and carry boxes.

Jasmin continues AND I NEVER REALLY KNEW EXACTLY
WHAT HE WAS TALKING ABOUT.
BUT ONE DAY I DECIDED WELL, I
DON'T HAVE ANYTHING DOING
ON A FRIDAY SO I
DECIDED TO COME ALONG.
AND FROM THAT FIRST DAY, I'VE
BEEN BACK EVERY SINGLE WEEK.
THE FIRST TIME HANDING OUT
A SANDWICH TO SOMEONE
AND SEEING THE LOOK ON THEIR
FACE THAT THEY SINCERELY
NEEDED THIS AND IT JUST
REALLY TOUCHED MY HEART.
AND I'VE BEEN COMING
BACK EVER SINCE.

The group stands in the street.

A male teenager wearing a cap says WE HAVE TWO GROUPS.
TIM AND I ARE GOING TO
BE ON DIFFERENT SIDES.
SO IN TIM'S GROUP WE
HAVE SCARLET, LILY...

The teenagers appear on split screens. One group walks down the street and the other hands a drink to a homeless person.

Jasmin says WE'RE GOING OUT THERE
AND GIVING SANDWICHES.
WE'RE TALKING TO PEOPLE AND
HELPING THEM GET THROUGH A DAY.
NORMALLY, MOST PEOPLE
WHO WALK DOWNTOWN
JUST PASS PEOPLE BY AND
PRETEND THEY DON'T EVEN EXIST.
THEY TURN THEIR HEAD AND
PRETEND THEY'RE NOT EVEN THERE.
FOR US, WE'RE WALKING THE
STREET WITH A DISTINCT PURPOSE
SEEKING OUT SOMEONE
IN NEED OF A MEAL
OR JUST SOMEONE
TO TALK TO.
SO WE HELP BY
DOING THAT.

(soft music plays)
It’s a very cold day and Manfred sleeps in a sleeping bag in the street. He is in his fifties, with a goatee and receding blond hair. He’s wearing glasses and a dark zip jacket.

Manfred says THESE KIDS ARE GREAT.
WITHOUT THEM, A LOT OF THESE
PEOPLE WOULD STARVE TO DEATH.

Next to the rest of his group, the teenager wearing a cap approaches Manfred and asks MANFRED?

Manfred says HI, GUYS, HOW
ARE YOU DOING?

A boy wearing a black jacket says WE BROUGHT SOME MORE
SANDWICHES AND STUFF.
WOULD YOU LIKE
SOMETHING?

Manfred says YES, PLEASE.

Manfred says DON'T EVER FOOL
YOURSELF ABOUT THE TEENS.
MOST OF THEM ARE
VERY GENEROUS.
I MEET A LOT OF KIDS OUT
THERE AND THEY'RE SUPER.

The teenager wearing a cap says TAKE CARE, MANFRED.

Manfred says THANK YOU.
BLESS YOU ALL.

Manfred takes a sip from a cup.

Jasmin says JUST THAT SENSE OF FULFILLMENT
MAKES VOLUNTEERING WORTHWHILE.
WHEN WE GO OUT THERE AND WE SEE
WE'VE MADE A GENUINE IMPACT
ON SOMEONE ELSE'S LIFE.
JUST FOR THAT SLIGHT MOMENT,
IT'S SO GRATIFYING TO US.
SO THAT'S WHAT HELPS US CONTINUE
COMING OUT HERE DAY AFTER DAY.
JUST KNOWING THAT WE ARE MAKING
THAT SLIGHT DIFFERENCE.
EVEN IF IT'S JUST ONE
PERSON WE'RE HELPING,
WE'D STILL BE COMING OUT EVERY
WEEK JUST FOR THAT ONE PERSON.

A young man sits in a sleeping bag near a door holding a cup and with a sandwich on his lap. He’s in his twenties. He’s wearing a padded anorak over a gray hooded sweatshirt.

The young man says IT MAKES ME FEEL GOOD BECAUSE
THEN I KNOW THERE'S PEOPLE
OUT THERE WHO CARE ABOUT US.
I'D BE DOING THE SAME THING
IF I WAS OFF THE STREET.
ONE DAY WHEN I'M A
BILLIONAIRE, I'M JUST GOING
TO GO AROUND HANDING OUT
1,000 DOLLAR BILLS TO PEOPLE.

Speaking to the young man, the boy wearing a black jacket says YOU GUYS TAKE
CARE, KEEP WARM.

Jasmin says I GUESS IT'S SPECIAL
THAT WE HAVE A GROUP
THAT'S COMPLETELY
STUDENT RUN.
WE COME OUT HERE AND SHOW THE
WORLD THAT, YES, TEENAGERS,
WE CAN GET TOGETHER AND DO
SOMETHING THAT'S POSITIVE.

The teenagers see two people sleeping on the street, leave sandwiches and juice fruit next to them and run off.

She concludes THERE'S SO MUCH NEGATIVE
STEREOTYPES ABOUT TEENAGERS
THESE DAYS, AND HERE WE ARE
TRYING TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE.
DOING SOMETHING THAT'S GOOD
AND SHOWING THE WORLD
WE CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE.

The caption changes to “A Production of TVOntario. The Ontario Educational Communications Authority. 2002.”

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