Spring Break Film Workshops!

Between the ages of 13-19 and want to learn how to make a film? This Spring Break, the Rossland Council for Arts and Culture & Rossland Youth Action Network present two multi-day filmmaking workshops for youth. 

Smart Phone & Action Cam Filmmaking Workshop For Teens

Dates: March 14-16 (3-days)

Time: 10am-4pm

This three day hands on workshop will introduce participants to the possibilities of filmmaking with smart phones and action cameras, exploring techniques in lighting, composition, movement and sound recording, and learning basic video editing techniques with professional editing software. Participants will be challenged to make a short film in just three days.

Cost: $50 per person

Intro to Digital Filmmaking For Teens

Dates: March 20-24 (5-days)

Time: 9:30am-4:30pm

In this five-day hands-on workshop, participants will learn how to create a film from start to finish. Participants will work together to create a short film that we will shoot and edit over the course of the workshop, taking turns in directing, shooting, lighting, acting and editing. Participants will learn how to operate more sophisticated camera, lighting and sound equipment, as well as basic video editing techniques on professional video editing software.

Cost: $70 per person

Both workshops are run by Ben Walker, a filmmaker from Ottawa who now calls Rossland home. Ben has worked on a variety of film and video projects including music videos, documentaries, short films, commercials and television shows, and has taught filmmaking workshops for both adults and children.

Pre-registration Required. To register, email Rachel at rosslandarts@gmail.com

Workshop Wednesday: January+……DANCE!

Workshop Wednesdays: January+

DANCE 6:30pm-8pm Workshop Wednesday January+ : DANCE!! Free Drop In style. Come on down, just wear/bring comfy workout clothes and shoes. Ages 12-18 welcome, at the YAN Space downtown Rossland. Come on down!

Jan 11 – Beats & Flow

Jan 18 – Top 10 dance Moves

Jan 25 – Hip Hop & Glitching

Feb 1 – Dance Battle how to’s

Creating a Supportive Rossland Group in need of a fabulous Volunteer!

“Rossland has really stepped up in the past 3 years and we are so excited to be continuing the YAN Creating a Supportive Rossland Group. The teens really love and feel supported by this group and it is really lead by them. There are many things the CSR group will be doing in 2017 like painting the rainbow crosswalk on Washington, making a float for the Nelson Kootenay pride parade, have secret karaoke and activism meetings, and just general talking and fun. BUT we need another adult facilitator to help run this group with Kristen. If you are a grown up person identifying as LGBTQ+ ( know someone in Rossland that would be a good fit) and  interested in helping out and supporting this group with me, and can pass a backgroup check, and are not scared of teens please email us at programfacilitator@rosslandyan.ca . This group meets about 1x a month usually on a Tuesday or Sunday. hugs.” Kristen.


Workshop Wednesday: December!



Face Moulds and Sculptures: 3x Wednesday workshops starting Dec. 7th. For ages 12-18 $15 for all 3 workshops, must commit to all 3. Must register prior to 1st workshop date. To register and pay $15 fee follow this link here—> https://goo.gl/forms/2o3DdbShhKD4Spq32 

Ever wondered what it might be like to make a mold of your own face? Don’t miss your chance to take a new view of your own likeness! This December at YAN we will be making plaster casts of our own faces, then using self-hardening clay to make face sculptures/masks from them which we will then paint with acrylic paint! So many possibilities!!! Build upon or incorporate your own face into your sculpture!

WORKSHOP WEDNESDAYS NOVEMBER! Improv Workshops with Phillus Dillus!

Hello Everone! Workshop Wednesdays are back! With a theme this month of Improv! We will be putting on four awesome workshops with the amazing Phillus Dillus from Altitude Entertainment! The best part? They are totally free! All you have to do is click on—> this link <—and fill out a short form. For those wondering what this whole “Improv” business is anyway, Improvisation, or improv, is a form of  theatre in which the plot, characters, and dialogue are made up in the moment. It’s a very carefree form of drama, so those who want to test the waters should definitely give this a try. It’s a lot of fun, and it’ll probably help you with improvising other stuff too! (Like last minute class presentations 😉 ) Generally, it’s funny, lighthearted, and open to all levels of actors! So come on out and give it a try! For ages 12-18, from 6:30 to 8:30 (A different time than last month’s Workshop Wednesdays) The first workshop is on November 2nd! See you there!


Our Newest Popular Program! MindTime!


We run all sorts of programs here at the YAN space, and often we switch them around!Starting this school year, we have added a program on Mondays and Wednesdays called Mind Time. This program runs from 4:30 to 6:00pm, and is entirely devoted to helping our youth get things done! This is a block for homework, resumes, cover letters, school projects, and anything else that you can work on quietly. Some people have a hard time concentrating at home, but thrive when they are in a productive environment. For this purpose, Mind Time is perfect. This program has been helping youth to stay on top of everything, so they have some time to chill out later! We play some quiet music, and YAN staff are available to help with any problems or projects that we can! If you have something that’s been hanging over your head, come on by to get things done!

Meet Aven! The new YAN student!

Hello Everyone! Nice to meet you! My name is Aven Cosbey, and I’m the YAN student for this year. Rossland’s been my home since I was two years old, and I’ve been skiing for almost as long. Everyone in Rossland seems to have a dog, so I’ll introduce mine. Two very spoiled dogs call my house home, one miniature wiener dog and one lab Sharpay mix. We love them very much. Another thing we’re passionate about is travel. My family and I love to explore , and we’ve been all over the world! A couple tidbits about me, I’m an aspiring ukulele player even though I’ve only owned one for a few days. I’m also hoping to be a cool skateboarder if I can figure out how to go forwards without falling. Being a camp counsellor is my favourite way to spend the summer, and I’ve had tons of great experiences there. My hobbies include stressing out about school work and eating ice cream with little spoons to make it seem bigger. Thanks, everyone who comes and hangs out with me during drop in, and thanks to all of you out there who read my posts. I hope I can bring you something interesting or funny at least once a day. 🙂



YAN Space re-opening Sept 19th!

Hey everyone!

We hope you had a great Summer! We know we did, but have missed your faces, so back to school for you and back to work for us! We heard your wishes and have once again been creating fantastic new programs and events for local teens. We will be re-opening the YAN Space in downtown Rossland on Monday September 19th. Check out the Current Programs tab to get a glimpse of what funs you get to choose from this semester.

See ya soon! – silly YAN Staff

YAN Space   Mondays & Wednesdays4-30-6pm

Rossland YAN is Hiring for 2016-2017 school year!

JOB for 10-12 grade STUDENT!

Rossland Job Posting for a 10th-12th grade student

Rossland Youth Action Network (YAN)
The Youth Action Network is looking to hire a local student part-time to help
with Social Media, YAN Programs, and Space needs.

Hours: up to 12 hours a week
Hourly wage: $11.00
Taking applications until September 6, 2016
Employment Dates: Sept 12, 2016 – May 31, 2017
Supervisor: YAN Program Facilitator

Applicant must be a Student during the time of employment.
Computer Literate and Social Media savvy.
Work well with others and take direction from supervisor(s).
Ability to achieve and complete tasks in a timely manner.
Ability to carry out tasks independently.
Great communication skills.
Able to represent the Youth Action Network in a positive, engaging and appropriate manner.
An eager and strong work ethic with the ability to be flexible and take on additional tasks.

Responsibilities and Roles:
Social Media Liaison: Keep all of the YAN’s social media, website, online events, and posts up to date. This will include setting up posts, information, and pics for daily engagement with our FB, Instagram, and tumblr accounts/audience. Maintaining current information and posting monthly blogs to the Rossland Youth Action Network website. Applicant is expected to take a vested interest in ensuring a fun, engaging, and appropriate tone in all postings that will well represent the ‘voice’ and culture of the YAN. Chosen applicant will work closely with the Program Facilitator to help achieve this goal.
YAN Programming Promotion: As well as keeping the YAN’s online presence and promotion current; creating, hanging up, and distributing flyers and posters. Engaging with other teens about upcoming events.
YAN Space: Help ensure the YAN Space area and materials are orderly and clean. This entails weekly cleaning the space, organizing materials, and reporting concerns to Supervisor.
YAN Program Assistant: Assist and support YAN lead staff and volunteers as needed in YAN Programs Student is present for.

To apply: Please email the Program Facilitator at programfacilitator@rosslandyan.ca with your resume, contact info, and a little bit about yourself. The Rossland Youth Action Network will be contacting applicants chosen for interviews after the Application closed date: September 6,2016

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!