Transcript: Youth Assisting Youth | Mar 02, 2003

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A capital V letter rotates inside a bold silver circle in the middle of the screen. A series of images show girls and boys talking to a homeless man, feeding an elderly woman, helping a little girl get into a pool, walking a dog, taking care of a rabbit, instructing an old man on how to use a computer and walking in line as they speak. The title appears on screen: “V Circle. Teens who volunteer.”

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A clip on screen shows a crown ice-skating at a park. Next, Karolina appears on screen. She is 18 years old and volunteers at Youth Assisting Youth. She has short straight blond hair and wears a lavender turtleneck. She sits in a room with a large blue board at the back, with scattered pictures with a caption that reads “Youth Assisting Youth” on the top.

Karolina says
I ACTUALLY DECIDED TO
BECOME INVOLVED WHEN
A FRIEND OF MINE WHO
WAS SITTING NEXT TO ME
IN FRENCH CLASS TOLD ME
ABOUT YOUTH ASSISTING YOUTH.
AND I WAS LOOKING FOR
SOME SORT OF VOLUNTEERING
TO DO SOMETHING FUN TO BE
ABLE TO HELP SOMEONE ELSE.
THE PURPOSE OF IT IS
TO HAVE A FRIEND,
A SPECIAL FRIEND WITH WHOM
YOU CAN SPEND SOME TIME,
DO REGULAR THINGS
LIKE WHAT WE DO.

New clips show more images of Karolina holding hands with a younger girl as they ice skate.

Karolina continues
THAT MIGHT BE PLAYING
BASKETBALL, PLAYING A
BOARD GAME, GOING TO THE MOVIES,
DOING SOME HOMEWORK TOGETHER,
OR GOING SKIING,
FOR EXAMPLE.
MANY OF THE KIDS THAT
ARE PART OF THE ORGANIZATION
DON'T GET A CHANCE TO
GO SKIING BY THEMSELVES
SO THIS ORGANIZATION PROVIDES
THAT TYPE OF FUN FOR THEM.
IT'S A GREAT ORGANIZATION,
AND IT TURNED OUT TO BE
MUCH, MUCH MORE THAN THAT.
IT TURNED OUT TO BE A
GREAT LIFELONG FRIENDSHIP.
I MET BRIAN AND HIS FAMILY
ONE EVENING, AND IT WAS JUST
LIKE A HUGE FLASHBACK
TO MY OWN LIFE WHEN I
FIRST CAME TO CANADA.

Brian appears on screen. He has short dark straight hair and wears a blue shirt and beige trousers. He sits next to a girl with short dark hair down to the shoulders who wears a red hoodie with a white print and blue jeans.

Brian says
I'M FROM SOUTH KOREA, AND
I'VE BEEN HERE FOR 3 YEARS.

Karolina reviews a photo album with the girl and the two kids.

She says
WE'VE GOT SOME PICTURES
HERE FROM POLAND AND KOREA
FROM OUR CHILDHOODS.
DO YOU GUYS WANT TO SHARE
SOME MEMORIES TOGETHER?
IN MY SITUATION, COMING
FROM POLAND, WHEN I WAS
LITTLE, TO CANADA DEFINITELY
HELPED ME RELATE TO
BRIAN'S SITUATION
AS AN IMMIGRANT.
BECAUSE I WAS ABLE TO
UNDERSTAND HIS STRUGGLES,
WHAT HE WAS GOING THROUGH
INTERNALLY AND EMOTIONALLY.
I'LL SHOW YOU WHO
MY BEST FRIEND IS.
WE KNEW EACH OTHER FOR
MOST OF OUR LIVES,
AND WE USED TO ALWAYS
PLAY TOGETHER.

As she speaks, the kids loot at the pictures and talk.

Karolina continues
SUDDENLY YOU MOVE TO ANOTHER
COUNTRY AND YOU DON'T
UNDERSTAND WHAT'S GOING ON.
YOU DON'T UNDERSTAND
BECAUSE OF THE
LANGUAGE BARRIER.
YOUR PARENTS ARE ALSO
STRUGGLING THEMSELVES
SO YOU CAN'T EXACTLY
ALWAYS FALL BACK ON THEM
BECAUSE THEY
CAN'T HELP YOU.
SO YOU'RE ESSENTIALLY ALONE.
SO JUST HELPING HIM THROUGH
THAT AND HELPING HIM
WITH HIS ENGLISH, AS WELL
AS BRENDA, WAS A GREAT
REWARD TO ME TO BE ABLE
TO HELP THEM IN THAT WAY.

The Girl in the Red Hoodie says
I THINK KAROLINA IS A
GOOD VOLUNTEER FOR ME
AND MY BROTHER BECAUSE
WHEN I DIDN'T HAVE FRIENDS
SHE WROTE A CARD AND GAVE
ME A TEDDY BEAR AND
SHE SAID WHENEVER YOU'RE
LONELY JUST THINK ABOUT ME.
YOU WILL SURVIVE IT AND...
YEAH, I SURVIVED IT.

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New images on screen show a series of ice sculptures as part of a street exhibition. Brian and his sister smile as they approach the sculptures and touch them.

Karolina says
A GOOD MENTOR WOULD DEFINITELY
HAVE TO BE FLEXIBLE,
RESPONSIBLE BECAUSE YOU
HAVE TO TAKE CARE OF A CHILD
THAT IS YOUNGER THAN YOU.
ATTENTIVE, A GOOD LISTENER,
ALSO INTERESTED IN MANY THINGS.
THIS ORGANIZATION
TRULY CHANGES LIVES.
IT'S ONE OF THE THINGS
YOU LOOK FOR IN A
VOLUNTEER ORGANIZATION.
BRIAN AND I, OUR RELATIONSHIP
IS REALLY WHAT THIS
ORGANIZATION IS ABOUT.
ABOUT HELPING SOMEONE ELSE
THROUGH YOUR OWN EXPERIENCES
OR JUST THROUGH BEING
A SPECIAL FRIEND TO THEM.
AND THAT WAY YOU'RE ABLE
TO CHANGE THEIR LIFE
TO MAKE IT A LITTLE BIT
BETTER ONE STEP AT A TIME.

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The end credits roll.

A production of TVOntario.

The Ontario Educational Communications Authority, 2002.

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