Last Open Mic Night

The final week at the YAN Space has come! At the end of this week, all YAN programs will be closing down for the summer! Since this is the final week at YAN, it would be a shame if you missed out on any of these programs right before they ended! Most importantly the last Open Mic night is happening this Tuesday! Maybe you’ve thought about playing a song, or performing something, but decided not too because you’re too shy. Well this is your last chance to play before it all ends. Don’t be afraid to perform your heart out, and give it your all at this last event!

All other regular YAN Programs are happening for the last time at this event as well, such as Girl Talk and Makerlab! This Girl Talk will feature a treasure hunt across town, with prizes for the winners!


Red Talks!

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!


Film Workshops in April!

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!

Film Drop in

Rainbow side walk!

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.


Comics for Change release today!

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.

Comic for Change poster 1

Me to We!

The Me to We group is at it again, last Monday they met up here at the YAN Space to write cards for Canadian veterans who honorably served us in the war. They all wrote lovely letters thanking them for their sacrifices for our country. The Me to We group have been hard at work with other causes too, such as the “We are Silent” challenge they did back in November, where each of them vowed to not speak for 24 hours to fundraise for people who don’t have a voice, and are denied their rights. Or their “We won’t Rest” challenge, which was done on January 22nd, they camped outside to raise awareness for homelessness in our area. So far they have raised over $4000 to help local initiatives.

The Me to We group are working to help other people both locally and worldwide for a better future and a better planet. They hope to achieve greater and greater goals and both speak up, raise awareness and help find solutions for issues in our community. Interested in joining the group or finding out more? Contact the YAN and let us know!


Parkour is back!

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

Parkour Website

Winter Carnival!

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!

Liquid Courage

New Staff Member!

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.

  1. Where are you from? Vernon, BC
  2. 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!
  3. If you had three wishes what would you wish for? Telekinesis, dank memes, cream cheese
  4. Favourite pizza topping? Well typically I’ll like to have some tomato sauce on there, but it honestly depends on how I’m feeling..
  5. What is your superpower? Procrastination, I mean sometimes I don’t even finish my senta…
  6. What is your favourite music genre?/Artists? I like Folk music, most things acoustic. Mumford and Sons, The Lumineers, Phillip Phillips, Ed Sheeran
  7. What did you want to be when you graduated high school? Good question! One I should probably know the answer to…
  8. If you could meet anyone from history who would it be? Thomas Edison, I heard he had a few bright ideas…


Me to We

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

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 and their Facebook


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!