Red Talks last Friday was a great success! We would love to say a thank you to everyone who came up and spoke in front of everybody about their topic. We had discussions about things ranging from traveling to 3rd world countries to reducing the use of plastic bags. We even had an art competition! It was a great night, and we’re excited for the Red Talks next year! The Art Walk was also a massive success, we had over 80 people show up to view the amazing artwork of the youth in Rossland, as well as to try all different types of lemonade!
Youth week is still going though, and we would like to remind everybody about the Gala happening at the RSS Auditorium this Thursday starting at 6:30! We will have many things happening that night, from youth film showings to a variety show! So make sure you don’t forget to come down to RSS this Thursday for the Gala!
This month at YAN seems to be for anyone who is at all interested in filmmaking. Last Saturday was the Claymation Workshop run by Shelley Painter. In the workshop, kids learned how to use clay to represent their imagination on camera, teens learned how to create sets, characters, and other objects to be photographed and used in video work. But with the ending of this workshop, more will begin, such as the Special effects makeup workshop happening from April 16-17. Here teens can learn how to use advanced makeup techniques for their films, and be taught how to create gory special effects. After that is the Director’s Workshop on April 23, where youth can be taught the in’s and out’s of what it takes to direct your actors and to make your own films! So if you’re interested in becoming a better filmmaker, don’t forget to sign up for these events!
Well, The Rossland Youth Action Network is so happy to announce that the Creating a Supporting Rossland has been accepted to receive a grant from the McCreary Centre Society to buy paint to paint a rainbow coloured sidewalk here is our small town Rossland! We will also be using the grant money to buy rainbow flags and to do a sticker campaign. We hope to use these things in order to help spread the word of the Creative Supportive Rossland community.
Today is the release of the youth written book “Comics for Change”! Comics for Change is a collection of youth made comics that depict different current issues that are taking place in our area. Comics for Change was created to both raise awareness in our area of these problems, and to inspire youth to make unique and artistic representations and resolutions for these issues. Tonight at 7pm at the YAN Space, the books will be sold for the first time, as well as three teens will be selected to receive awards as well as honorable mentions.
The submissions for the comics were as diverse and unique in art style and material, as the youth in our area. Hopefully with these comics we can raise the awareness of these issues, and help prevent them in our future.
Parkour at the RSS Auditorium is starting back up!! That’s right, starting this Friday (that’s the 12th) Liam Barnes and Travis Watson will be teaching teens on the practice and arts of parkour, and join the Rossland Monkey Club. They will be teaching teens and how to train their balance, physical strength, and endurance. They will be demonstrating how to use your body to jump over obstacles such as vaults, how to properly roll, and most importantly how to practice parkour safely.
This event is only for teens ages 12-18. But every first Friday of each month, 8-18 are welcome to come join as well. No sign up or registration is required, this is a drop in event, drop in is $5. From 3:15 to 4:30pm
Congratulations to Liquid Courage for their victory in the Rossland Winter Carnival bobsled race! They managed to reach a speed of 77Mph, and crossed the finish line in 39.03 seconds! Hopefully, you all took pictures and video of some of the crashes this year!
The Variety Show also took place on Thursday, January 28, and we had many impressive performances from a variety of people of all ages! There was dancing, music, and even beatboxing! Congratulations to everyone who took part of performing on stage, we had a fun time!
To any other teens out there who are wanting to practice playing, or performing in front of a crowd, every last Tuesday of each month is Open Mic night here at the YAN Space, so come in with your instrument, poem, or jokes and get a sense of what it’s like to play in front of a crowd!
We’d like to welcome the latest staff member of YAN! Welcome, Caelum Scott! Caelum will be posting on the social media sights for YAN, such as their Facebook, Instagram, and Website.
- Where are you from? Vernon, BC
- Why are you in Rossland? Well probably because I still live my parents, but I love scenery here and the amazing summer and winter time weather!
- If you had three wishes what would you wish for? Telekinesis, dank memes, cream cheese
- Favourite pizza topping? Well typically I’ll like to have some tomato sauce on there, but it honestly depends on how I’m feeling..
- What is your superpower? Procrastination, I mean sometimes I don’t even finish my senta…
- What is your favourite music genre?/Artists? I like Folk music, most things acoustic. Mumford and Sons, The Lumineers, Phillip Phillips, Ed Sheeran
- What did you want to be when you graduated high school? Good question! One I should probably know the answer to…
- If you could meet anyone from history who would it be? Thomas Edison, I heard he had a few bright ideas…
YAN and the youth of Rossland are working together in creating our new Rossland Community Me to We group.
Me to We groups are school or community clubs that work to improve their community and the world. These groups attempt to complete at least one community and one international project per year. If they achieve this goal then they are invited to We Day. We Day is an annual event that is held across Canada and around the Western world. We Day is a one day event hosted in various cities where youth gather to celebrate the change they have created and their power as youth to create further change. The founders of Free the Children, and international charity founded in Canada, Marc and Craig Kielburger present as well as well known musicians and world changers such as the Dali Lama, Spencer West, Mia Farrow, and more.
So far the Rossland Community Me to We group meets every other Monday from 6:00-7:00pm at the Yan space.
This group is participating in We are silent, a November initiative where the youth go silent for 24 on November 20, including not using any social media, to bring awareness to the large amount of women who do not have a voice. The youth gain pledges to raise money for women in need as well as awareness. The group is active on the fundraising site Yodel http://metowerossland.yodel.org/events/we-are-silent
The group is also supporting the Rossland community group West Kootenay Friends of Refugees (WKFoR) at ReKindle the spirit of Christmas on December 5. The youth will be wrapping gifts for a donation at the YAN Space. All donations will be donated to WKFoR. More about WKFoR on their website https://wkfor.wordpress.com/ and their Facebook https://www.facebook.com/wkfor/timeline
There will be many different projects running throughout the year. These projects can be fundraising based, awareness based, or something that will make a difference in the lives of those the project is aimed at. This group is excited and ready to create change!
We have some new and some well known faces around the space this fall. Here is some information for you to get to know them a little bit better.
Mike Kent: Mike is the YAN Coordinator and also the person who often brings pizza to meetings.
- Where are you from? Barrie Ontario
- Why are you in Rossland? I was coming here all the time from the Okanagan to ski, hike, and bike. Thought it was easier to just move here.
- If you had three wishes what would you wish for? Is it cliché to say World Peace?, the ability to fly, lots o’ funding for the YAN
- Favourite pizza topping? Cheese, cheese, and more cheese.
- What is your superpower? Being manic. Oh wait, maybe that’s not a superpower???
- What is your favourite music genre?/Artists? I like both kinds of music – rock and roll
- What did you want to be when you graduated high school? a Veterinarian
- If you could meet anyone from history who would it be? Shackleton. That dude had mad leadership skills
Kristen Lois Renn – aka Lil’ Bear: Kristen is our resident artist and wonder woman.
- Where are you from? All over the States
- Why are you in Rossland? My Husband lived here when we met and I love all the Natures and nice people.
- If you had three wishes what would you wish for? Talk to animals, be able to understand every language, enough money to retire.
- Favourite pizza topping? Pineapple
- What is your super power? Story Telling
- What is your favourite music genre?/Artists? the 80s
- What did you want to be when you graduated high school? Youth Worker
- If you could meet anyone from history who would it be? Einstein, I heard he was funny
Michaela Daniel – Michaela is our co-op student and volunteer extraordinaire.
- Where are you from? Rossland!
- Why are you in Rossland? Because Rossland is still the place I come home to after travelling and living in other places.
- If you had three wishes what would you wish for? A tiny house off the grid with an epic garden, to be a good gardener, a Tesla
- Favourite pizza topping? Feta
- What is your super power? Organizing, I organize like nobody’s business. I used to clean my sisters room for her, for fun…
- What is your favourite music genre?/Artists? I am all over the map on this one, dubstep, indie, rock, classical. Right now I’ve been listening to a lot of Paolo Nutini, Seafret, and Little Comets
- What did you want to be when you graduated high school? I wanted to travel the world and make it more sustainable.
- If you could meet anyone from history who would it be? Eva Peron, she did some mad world changing in Argentina