In January 2009, Sankofa Films, an independent film production company, began delivering community & prison-based programs for marginalized youth called In My Own Voice (iMOVe). Drawing on the expertise and support of many service providers and community volunteers, iMOVe made one promise to the youth and the communities it was working with – their voices were important and would be heard. iMOVe youth quickly gained experiences never before enjoyed—being interviewed, standing on both sides of a video camera, hosting radio shows, witnessing the other side of the law without fear of reprisal, conferring with government officials, and cultural change activists. Wherever they have gone, they have presented their unique perspectives and their life experiences with candor and dignity. iMOVe approaches youth engagement and community development from the bottom-up. We meet people where they are, and provide them with the tools for building a strong sense of self within their own communities. We offer an inclusive and comfortable environment for people to explore and express their creative passions, identities and opinions. We believe in and apply restorative and harm-reduction approaches to suit the needs of the people who choose to engage with us to have positive impact with our community.