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Youth leaders launch arts and culture bulletin
Article mis en ligne le jeudi 31 mai 2012

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Participants from the CJE-NDG Jeunes Leaders program.

Participants in the Youth Leaders NDG program launched a “cartes-ressources” (resource bulletin) detailing youth-friendly artistic and cultural resources on May 2. The event was held at the Carrefour jeunesse-emploi (CJE) NDG, where the program is run.

The bulletin project was conceived and executed by the 14 to 20-year-olds participating in the Youth Leaders program, which motivates youth to bring positive change through the development of leadership and communication skills. Prevention NDG facilitator Al Mankarios and Forum Jeunesse project leader Marie-Laure Landais guided the group.

“The launch was amazing,” enthused Mankarios. Participants brought food prepared with their families, highlighting the cultural diversity of the group, and young artists from the community performed for a crowd of sixty. An acrobatic juggler and DJ animated the event alongside a presentation on legal graffiti and a youth photography exhibition.

The resource bulletin will be posted on the Youth Leaders NDG Facebook page and on the CJE-NDG website. Since it will be posted entirely on the internet, the dispatch will be ecological and current, as the immediate nature of Facebook will allow the youth leaders to update it often. They will also participate in weekly leadership workshops during the course of the program.

Realizing their shared passion for the arts, the young participants decided to make the resource bulletin their focus for this year’s project, democratically eliminating subjects such as sports and recreation, discrimination and the environment, among others. They hope to raise awareness and centralize information on cultural spaces for a young demographic that is too often unaware of available resources. “In terms of art and culture in NDG, the info is sporadic,” notes Mankarios.

The site will also act as a portal where cultural organizations can promote their activities. “We encourage other organizations to post their info on the site as well,” says Mankarios. “The more friends we have, the more we can get the info out there.”

The youths also surveyed their peers to find out what they thought was missing from the activities available to them. “When new recreational buildings are built, it would be great if they could look at the hard data the kids collected,” notes Mankarios.

The Youth Leaders project is a combined initiative of Table de Jeunesse NDG, CJE-NDG, Forum jeunesse de l’Île de Montréal, and Prevention CDN—NDG.

[ Ingrid Wissink ]

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