By NAOMI GOLDMAN
VES Education Initiative Builds Momentum
The VES Education Committee kicked off its new Peer-to-Peer Mentorship Program, aimed at connecting mentors and mentees from the VES membership to provide support in all disciplines of visual effects. The pilot program connected 84 members globally in the first quarter of 2021.
As part of the outreach initiative, the Committee is collaborating with several schools to educate students and educators alike about visual effects and career possibilities in the field. The VES teamed up with the BRIC Foundation on mentorship and outreach, aimed at increasing diverse representation in the industry, and participated in the dynamic BRIC (Break, Reinvent, Impact and Change) Virtual Summit in March.
Additionally, the Committee partnered with Access VFX, Women in Animation and Rise Up Animation to successfully connect nearly 140 members who were interested in mentoring specific age groups and demographics worldwide.
The VES looks forward to watching these programs evolve into successful, ongoing service opportunities and benefits of the Society.