July 5, 2010
Written by Dave Swanson
As the Y57 new External Relations Liaison, I am going to be connecting you with youth initiatives, events, and opportunities in theÂ metro-VancouverÂ area.Â On Monday June 28th, our newly formed team put on an awesome broadcast.Â It was great to get into the studio and talk to some inspirational guests, having them share their stories of adversity and civic engagement.Â In addition, we got to talk and listen to a great band called Odurkirk!Â There was some fun banter, a couple calls into the station, and discussions of toplessness! Listen to our podcast on the website to hear these talented musicians share their artistry!
As your External Relations suit, I am brining you guys the events and opportunities that are going on in the local VanCity community.Â During our last broadcast I talked about a cool volunteer/ engagement opportunity calledÂ Walking Home Yaletown Public Art (WHYPA).
WHYPA is a collaborative community art project for youth ages 15-25.Â Basically, you walk through Vancouver, and you interpret and discuss Public Art. It is a really progressive and dynamic means for dissecting socially significantÂ aspects of Vancouverâ€™s public landscape.Â In the sessions, people use storytelling, drawings and sound to share their experience about walking through the city.Â You will also analyze the public art through the interpretations of artists, architects, and historians.Â This allows for the participants to think creatively and learn from past academic interpreters.
WHYPA is looking for youngsters who are creative thinkers, like walking, art, architecture, mapping, community, history and urban/ social planning.
They meet in downtown Vancouver Tuesdays and Thursdays, 1:30-4:30pm from June 29 to July 29, 2010.Â During participation, and volunteering, professionals will mentor youth participants to create responses to program content via mapping, drawing, writing, blog posts, podcasting.
For volunteers,Â Walking HomeÂ will provide snacks for every session, fund transportation, and at the end of the program, provide a $100.00 honorarium and a certificate of completion from Immigrant Services Society.
Participants will volunteer 4 hours of their time during the program to help set up the session and prepare food