Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : July 16th 2013 Contents A29
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R ecently, videos with the interesting
title, 2 Cents Project, have been
making the rounds on social net-
working sites like Facebook and Twitter.
These videos, made by a collective called
the 2 Cents Movement, use entertaining
sketches to tackle issues that are pertinent
to young people.
The movement started in 2010, when stu-
dents from the University of the Southern
Caribbean s debating society wanted to create
an engaging way for them and their peers to
discuss social issues. Led by Jean Claude
Cournand, who was studying behavioural
science at the Maracas, St Joseph campus,
they formed the 2 Cents Society, taken from
the saying, "putting in your two cents worth."
"I noticed there was an urgent need to
create a forum that encouraged young people
to engage in serious dialogue," Cournand said.
"The programmes that existed at the time
were just not conducive to this."
He said some of the topics the society pub-
licly debated, included marijuana legislation,
youth involvement in politics and gay rights.
He said in an interview that the Society
became the 2 Cents Movement after the
debating society fell apart because of members
academic commitments. The 23-year-old said
he has always felt strongly about fusing aca-
demics with extra-curricular activities, but
some educational institutions don t recognise
the importance of this.
"In this world today we are taught that
academics is everything and while it has its
place, there is also the need to develop the
minds of our young people with a holistic
He said there was need for better infra-
structure at schools and universities to encour-
age participation in extra-curricular activities.
"Maybe they can include some of these activ-
ities as credits...do something, but don t sep-
arate the two."
Cournand said the self-funded revamped
movement was an attempt to get young people
to engage in dialogue outside of a classroom
setting and into the "real world."
He was also quick to re-emphasise the
movement was in no way knocking academics
as most, if not all, of its members and those
they collaborate with are university educat-
"What we have really done, is create a
space whereby youth can teach youth and
their voices can be heard and understood,"
"Social media is the way to go," said Cour-
nand. The movement has released nine videos
and are currently working on 12 more which
are being sponsored by Republic Bank---the
company from which it also received the
Career Builder Innovator Award.
Cournand said the group chose to go online
because that s where the young people are,
communicating through electronic media.
"We needed to go into the digital habitat
rather than trying to reach people through
He said the 2 Cents Project is aimed at the
online world---creating dialogue among youths
through a wider medium. The topics they
cover are education, racism, religious conflict,
sex and sexuality, STD s and socio-economic
One of the 2 Cents Movement s more pop-
ular videos, Maxi Man Tracking School Gyal
is a hit on Facebook and has gotten 53,372
views on the video sharing site YouTube. The
2 Cents Movement s YouTube Channel now
has more than 1400 subscribers.
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Cast of the 2 Cent Movement's popular
video project Maxi Man Tracking School
Gyal, which was written and performed by
medical student Crystal Skeete, centre,
who won the Verses Bocas Poerty Slam at
the 2013 NGC Bocas Lit Fest.
Not afraid to put in their '2 Cents'
How will Glee handle the death of Monteith?
As his family, friends and co-
stars mourn the loss of Glee
star Cory Monteith, there looms
a very real issue for the popular
How will the show handle the
death of the man who
portrayed one of its most
Monteith, 31, was found dead
Saturday in a Vancouver hotel
room. An autopsy is pending.
The actor portrayed Finn
Hudson, a high school
quarterback whose love affair
with glee club diva Rachel Berry
was a central plot in the show
and also spun off a real life
romance between Monteith and
his co-star Lea Michele. With
Monteith's passing, Deadline
noted that the show's writers
"will consider what to do about
the first two episodes in which
the return of Monteith's
character was to have played an
"The first two episodes of the
fifth season had been written
before the traditional long
summer hiatus, in order to get a
jump on the new season;
production had been scheduled
to start next week," the site
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