Divas Girls - Discrimination

Diva Girl’s Blog Post – October 5th (Discrimination)

The topic for today was discrimination and how it can impact not only the way you see yourself and behave but also how it can impact the way others treat you.

When the girls first entered the room, some words were defined, these included words like: racism and stereotypes. Then we started talking about gender discrimination and stereotypes of these shown in the media. A game was played after where the girls would have to change career names like “weatherman”, into gender-neutral names like “weather person”.

We talked about how women are almost 4 times more likely to be shown at home in advertisements while the men are the ones working at car dealerships or as CEOs, etc. An Audi commercial was mentioned where they made a correlation between buying a car and getting a girlfriend. Then we looked at how women are portrayed in movies and noticed that recently that although there has been a lot of change in how women are represented th…

Diva's Blog Post – September 28, 2018 (Internet Safety)

Today we talked about Internet safety; ways an individual can be safe on the internet and dangers that come from social media.

When the girls first entered the room, many asked to play a quick game of hangman, so we did. After that we began discussing ways they stay protected online and things someone who is being cyber-bullied can do to seek help, an example being taking screen shots and showing them to a trusted adult. Many of the girls talked about steps they can take to ensure their safety, one being downloading apps from trusted websites.

Next, we discussed why being aware of what you post online is important, as well as those you talk to. I gave examples of many celebrities posting racist and problematic posts and in the end, getting fired because of to it, even if it was from 8 years ago. To this they were very surprised but also mentioned that people hiring need to do a better job researching the people they are interviewing.

We then talked about the dangers of talking to s…

Powerful by Nature - Young Parents Talk: Back to School

Date: September 10th, 2018
Hosts: Moya & Victoria

Guests: Nancy and Angelina, Toronto Public Health, & Lynn, TDSB teacher

Topic: Young Parents Talk: Back to School

This week, Moya & Victoria hosted a special back to school PowerfulxNature episode! Our hosts wanted to tackle all the pressing questions parents have when they send their child(ren) back to school. They began by talking about how important it is to have open communication with both your child and teacher about their experiences at school, to address any problems that may come up and to make sure your child gets the most out of their education. We know not every child is treated equally and that significant barriers and discrimination mean racialized children, LGBTQ+ children and disabled children need someone to advocate for them, highlighting the importance of pushing for feminist, LGBTQ+ inclusive, and anti-racist teachers and curriculum. During the first interview, Public Health Nurses Nancy and Angeliq…

Catch da Flava Radio - Youth Health Action Network (YHAN)

This week on Catch Da Flava on Radio Regent host Nate and Diamond were joined by special guests; staff and volunteers from the Youth Health Action Network (YHAN). Which is a Toronto Tobacco Control Area Network youth engagement initiative that brings together young people ages 16 – 24 from across Toronto for the common goal of exploring and taking action on current and emerging health and tobacco prevention issues. From raising awareness to advocating for healthy public policy, the Youth Health Action Network encourage youth across Toronto to take action on current health and tobacco prevention issues.

For this sessions interview we talked about the history of YHAN as well as the many initiatives that they have done over the years; which have resulted in influencing local laws and policies in board of health meetings. This including the banning of hookah smoking in patios across Toronto.

Additionally we addressed the rise in hookah smoking and the glorification of smoking in genera…

Radio Blog - August 21, 2018 (part 2)

For the second half hosts Levi and Divine lead the health talk panel and chatted about healthy and unhealthy relationships and how they can affect our lives. Additionally the group also talked about how we’ve grown as individuals in terms of relationships.

We got got to share our past experiences and our history with past relationships with people, and had fun explaining about how our life experiences shaped us and made us what we are today.Most of the question that were asked was whether we regret our past or present relationships and if we think our future relationships be like the ones we have now or will it completely change.

It wasn’t a very dramatic or emotional topic, it was more of a “open up and share” kind of podcast. The siblings Divine Bailey and Diamond Bailey both realized they have similar relationships and both have their different experiences. We also got to share some of the reasons why we are emotionally.

-Divine Bailey

Politalks - Megann Willson

Host Gisela Torres interviewed Megann Willson, a community member running for City Councillor for Ward 23 in this coming election. They discussed the new borders for Ward 23, which now qualifies the ward as being located between Shuter St to Rosedale Valley Rd, and River St to Jarvis St. Willson talked about her transition from being a business owner and consultant to working in politics. She discussed how having a business perspective gives her an edge in politics as she is determined to listen to voters’ needs and wants, and will spark that into action. Some of Willson’s platforms are to create more affordable housing and accessible transit not only in the community but all over Toronto. Make sure to vote October 22nd and have your voice heard! For more on Megann Willson, please visit:

Politalks - Suze Morrison

In this segment of politalks, Gisela Torres interviewed Suze Morrison, a member of the Ontario New Democratic Party representing the riding of Toronto Centre. Morrison is the first NDP candidate to win downtown riding, beating both the Liberals and the Conservatives. Morrison believes residents living in the Toronto Centre voted NDP because they wanted change and people were scared of what Doug Ford was going to do. Morrison later on talks about the changes she would like to see in Toronto Centre, which right now her main goal is pharmacare and dental care. They would also like to focus on public transit, housing and reducing auto insurance but Morrison is unsure if they will go through since it is a majority government for the conservatives and her goals aren’t the same as Doug Fords. But Morrison and her team plan to keep on fighting till they get what they want.

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Politalks - George Smitherman

In this segment for Politalks, Kaleb Marr interviewed George Smitherman, the former Ontario cabinet minister who is running in the new municipal election. Smitherman is in hopes to get elected in Ward 23 to be a city council candidate. Ward 23 consists of Regent Park, Cabbagetown and St. Jamestown area. During the interview Smitherman talked about what it's like to be one of the first openly gay politician. He later talks about his campaign and what he would like to implement in Regent Park, such as seeing the redevelopment finished in the way it was promised and to help alleviate poverty through local solutions. He also wants to help improve the community health and safety.

Voting polls open on October 22 so don’t forget to vote!

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Refresh Episode 6 - August 20

In the sixth episode of music radio show Refresh, host Nate Gurarie announced the show’s hiatus while he goes to school. The final episode included plenty of noteworthy songs by interesting artists. Neighbourhood #3 (Power Out) by Weaves, kicked off the show. The indie pop band from Toronto have been nominated for the Juno Awards and the Polaris Music Prizes multiple years in a row, and it’s no question why. Their songs are always catchy and keep you focused on where the music will take you. The song that closed out the show was Venice by extremely bad man. The song is a modern jazz piece with an electronic beat behind it letting you vibe along for the ride.

Powerful By Nature - Young Parents Talk: Accessing Healthcare

Date: August 20th, 2018
Hosts: Jeneace & Reyna

Guests: Faith, Health Promotion Nurse & Shuhita & Nadiya, young moms
Topic: Young Parents Talk: Accessing Healthcare

This week, Jeneace and Reyna hosted a PowerfulxNature episode talking about the experiences of young parents accessing healthcare services. Our hosts first conducted a group interview with two other young parents. They began by talking about how tiring and demoralizing it was trying to advocate for yourself and your children in a healthcare system that often assumes teen parents don’t know what’s best for their children and shouldn’t be making their own healthcare decisions. Everyone shared experiences of being judged and stigmatized because of their pregnancies or decision to parent and talked about how important it is that healthcare professionals engage, respect and listen to young parents without judgement or bias. Our hosts finished off the show interviewing Faith, a health promotion nurse at Jessie’s…

Multi Media Summer Intern Blog - August 13-17, 2018

This week, the Multi-Media group started working on creating a webpage that we coded ourselves.

We had a partner and also had to brainstorm in order to continue with our project. Shian did briefly explain to us about coding and got us comfortable with coding. She also managed to get us closer by making us work in partners over the course of the summer. Shian also did an amazing job at taking us through the coding process and having the patience to teach us step by step if we were struggling.

When we were finished, we showed off our web pages to everyone else. On Thursday August 16th, we started another group project where we have to come up with a virtual reality themed webpage. Basically we insert images into 3D objects and have people connect to the mini-VR (virtual reality) app and move around to read certain stuff on the web page. Shian also demonstrated to us most of the common parts of VR coding.

By: Divine Bailey

Week 2 Of August 2018 Multi-Media Summer Intern Blog

This week, the Multi-Media group started working on creating a webpage that we coded ourselves. We had a partner and also had to brainstorm in order to continue with our project. Shian did briefly explain to us about coding and got us comfortable with coding. She also managed to get us closer by making us work in partners over the course of the summer. Shian also did an amazing job at taking us through the coding step by step and having the patience to teach us step by step if we were struggling.

When we were finished, we showed off our web pages to everyone else. On Thursday August 16th, we started another group project where we have to come up with a virtual reality themed webpage. Basically we insert images into 3D objects and have people connect to the mini-VR (virtual reality) app and move around to read certain stuff on the web page. Shian also demonstrated to us most of the common parts of VR coding.

Radio Blog - August 14, 2018

This week on Catch Da Flava Youth Radio on Radio Regent host Diamond and Beverly talked about Square Circle; a program for youth that teaches social circus and other creative arts with the goal of empowering youth to become directors of their own lives. We shared a clip ;from their showcase on August 10th; in which we interviewed Clarence the Executive director and founder of Square Circle as wells as participants both children and youth L.I.T (leaders in training) and of course parents of the participants.

Square Circle; based in Regent Park; focuses on youth ages 9 to 14 in underserved neighbourhoods. These youth then at the age of 16 have the opportunity to become leaders in training and assist the instructors. With this program offering free in-school, after-school, march break and summer sessions new ways to build confidence resilience as well as educate youth.

Teaching these youth aft forms from ​a mixed variety of activities such as juggling, poi, hula-hoop, aerial technique…

Refresh Episode 5 - August 13

In the fifth episode of music radio show Refresh, host Nate Gurarie played a variant of new songs. Some highlighted pieces was the song Joshua by Dizzy, a four-piece from Oshawa that’s comprised of three brothers and a mutual friend. Their suburban town inspired them to create art and pursue it beyond the small town’s border. Another song played was Take It Easy by The Vaccines. A lay-about rock jam from the English band off of their new album Combat Sports. Nate has been a fan of The Vaccines for many years and was very excited to be able to play a song of theirs.

Catch da Flava Radio - How Divorce Affects Children

Children of parents going through a divorce can experience a lot of stress and anxiety. One of our radio hosts, Sean talked about his personal experience as a child of divorcing parents and how difficult it was for him. Usually kids don’t understand what their parents are going through and the impact of parents separating and divorcing can really affect their daily life. We talked about how it affected Sean’s life. Luckily kids are resilient. Despite his parents divorcing, Sean feels positive about his life. Although it may be hard, Sean encourages kids to try to be positive about the situation even though it may be hard for a young person to cope when their parents are going through a divorce. Divorce children may feel a sense of rejection or anger which can lead them to doing the wrong things in life. Sean believes that how children react to divorce depends a lot on how the family handles the situation. In Sean’s mind it’s a fifty fifty situation. “It can end up bad or end u…

Catch Da Flava Youth Radio - Mental Illness

For Catch Da Flava radio show, Sean and I talked about mental illness and some of the research related to the cause of mental illness. We talked about how sleep can affect children who are diagnose with mental illness at a young age. I myself can relate since I was diagnosis with bipolar and depression at the age of twelve and lack of sleep definitely affected my episodes. Without proper sleep it felt like I was never going to recover and because I was also tired never knew when I was normal. I wasn’t the only one with an illness. Sean also struggling with a mental illness. In his case it was anxieties that he was suffering from. It’s not always easy to recover from an illness that will never go away or will always be a part of who you are. Today I still battle bipolar and depression. Luckily I have the help and support from positive people that are in my life, which is why I won’t quit the battle. Having a mental illness isn’t easy to cope with. I have learn to be positive by sur…

Ask the American: Episode 3

Episode Summary: Steve was assigned to run the show for today, but Brandon has different plans in mind. Brandon hosts what could possibly be his last episode (for a while) on Radio Regent and gives us his final observations of Canada and shares what he has learned after spending last eight months outside of his home state of Texas. What has he learned? What are his final thoughts? Tune in to find out!

Notes: There may be some clicking in the audio at the beginning. The soundtrack was created by Brandon Berry.

Host(s): Steve Atkins & Brandon Berry

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Multi Media Summer Intern Blog - August 6th – 10th, 2018

Today, we started the day off with Shian’s program which covers general knowledge about new media. To be more specific, we worked on coding using a program called Processing Java. She also taught us about key terms that are used in coding such as function call, argument, variables, assignment operation and user-defined variables.

Learning about coding is very intimidating and time-consuming. Just learning the basics is a complex task with many symbols to memorize. I will admit though, that it has gotten a little bit easier since this is our second day learning about coding. The fun part about the program is being able to make visuals using coding. Today, we were able to make a square background with the freedom of choosing any size and colours we would like. In addition to that, we learned how to make circles and lines appear in the background as well.

As we go deeper into the program, the more respect and admiration I have for people who do coding and artist who incorporate coding i…

Catch Da Flava Radio - Gun Violence

Divine & Levi

Today we hosted a radio show on Catch Da Flava on Radio Regent. We compared and contrasted gun violence in different areas of the city. We also talked about our experiences and the dangers we have faced due to gun violence. With all the recent violence happening in Toronto we thought it was a fitting topic for the community.

It was an okay conversation between the both of us, but I think it could have been a better show with guest speakers. Divine, growing up in Regent Park, had more related instances than I had living in the upper beaches. So, having people with more experience would have made the content of the show richer. We had a moment of silence for the victims of gun violence this year and ended the show off with No Justice (featuring Big TC) by Ty Dolla $ign.

No Justice was a fitting outro track for the show because it is about the wrongful incarceration of Ty Dolla $igns brother Big TC, and it speaks to how gun violence can affect people's lives.

Refresh Episode 4 - August 6

Refresh Episode 4 - August 6

In the fourth episode of new music radio show Refresh, host Nate Gurarie played a collection of songs across the genre board. Some highlighted pieces were Can’t Do Better by Kim Petras, a young transgender woman from Germany, who makes adorable bubblegum pop music. Another song that was played was Dreams by Promises Ltd. A supergroup of sorts comprised of Charlie Brand of Miniature Tigers, and Jeremy Malvin of Chrome Sparks; the duo makes dreamy electronic music that soothes and grooves.

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Ask The Americans - Episode 2

Episode Summary: Brandon had to take care of some immigration papers, so today, Brandon’s good friend Steve Atkins will take over to talk about his life as a corn farmer in Iowa. He’s only traveled outside of Iowa a few times, so he’s got a lot to talk about! Join us today as Steve brings a little Americana vibe to the show as he tells us about his fascinations with the sights, sounds, and smells of Toronto.

Notes: Steve Akins is new our studio as well. The Soundtrack was created by Steve Atkins.

Host(s): Steve Atkins

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Heart 2 Heart!

On July 25, 2018, Regent Park Focus welcomed 20 summer campers along with the chaperones and staff from Heart to Heart, a joint project of Givat Haviva and Hashomer Hatzair - Camp Shomria Canada.
The youth, half of whom are Jewish citizens of Israel and half of whom are Palestinian citizens of Israel, created video and audio resources to support themes of intercultural communication and peace.

The screening of the final work is to follow later this season, and the resources will also air on Regent Park TV and Radio Regent.
To learn more about this innovative peace-building effort, please check out a short radio interview with the youth participants at the link below.…/heart2heart/Heart2Heart.mp3
You can also learn more about the summer program at

- Tyrone

Summer Blog - July 27th - 31st, 2018

By: Levi Linton

This week introduced some new techniques to the group as well as the development of old ones. We began the week by learning about basic computer coding and how we can use the language in our projects. We began practising our skills on MIT App Inventor, which is an online gaming engine which allows anyone to create applications for the computer and Android devices. The objective by the end of the week is to produce an engaging app for the audience assigned to each group. Everyone has ideas, but now they must execute them.

Continuing with the projects from last week, interns have been editing their footage, planning out their independent project ideas and finishing their articles. Matthew has already written the script for his independent project and is in the process of finding actors to feature in the short feature film. Radio Franco is airing their third show on Wednesday with featured guest, Sekouba. The RPTV team is in the process of editing their pilot show What is…

Radio Franco - Episode 3

Radio Show 3: Dans cette section de l’émission Radio Franco

on a parlé de le festivale Caribana de cette fin de semaine dans la ville de toronto. On a remarqué d’avoir plusieurs chanson de l’artiste Dadju alors on a parlé de son histoire comme artiste et d'où il vient. Ensuit on a couvert le système d'éducation de Québec on a décidé d'en parlé de les différences et leur similarités de celui de l'Ontario. For the third show of Radio Franco we cover and discussed about the big parade of the Caribbean Festival aka Caribana that happened this weekend in Toronto.

​ Noticing that our music playlist had lot of song made by the artist Dadju, we decided to discuss his history as an artiste and as a person. We also cover the education system in Quebec and decided to distinguish the similarities and differences with the education system in Ontario.
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"What is That?" - Episode 1

What is That?: Episode #1

Levi, Valentina, Matthew, Divine

Last week we filmed our pilot episode of What is That?

The three of us tried and rated each one of the mysterious food items brought in. The items consisted of a bag of chips called “Tyrant habanero super spicy mix“, a drink called “Ramune”, an unfamiliar fruit called a dragon fruit also known as pitaya, and a healthy nutritional bar called “Maze Bar”. We all tasted them, then gave our honest opinions about them. The chips were given an overall rating of 3/10, Ramune was given a overall rating of 4.5/10, Pitaya was given a 7/10 and Maze bar was given a 5/10.

The pilot episode turned out to be very comedic and educational, which made it engaging with anticipation for the next. We did a great job at keeping the discussion going even if it was just random conversation and staying enthusiastic throughout. A few things we could do differently for the following shows is to keep the cameras rolling for the whole episode and maybe i…

Catch da Flava Radio - The Art of Bouncing Back

Catch Da Flava Blog - July 31, 2018

This week on Catch Da Flava hosts Nate and Diamond talked about the art of bouncing back with health talk panelists. We discussed the ways each of us copes when life's situations become over barring and knocks you down; whether that be exercising, listening to music, taking a hot shower or sleeping; all these activities help us stray from a bad state of mind to help us stay positive.

Life can be a complex journey with many ups and downs. It’s filled with both challenges and accomplishments. However, when we go through challenging phases, we often dwell more on the bad experiences and end up self-loathing and judgemental. Pitfalls are a part of life, whether we like it or not and the health talk panellist believe that having support systems to help cope with life's hurdles help with one’s resilience.

Furthermore, we bounced around a few ideas about how changing the way you think could make you more resilient as well as the significance of po…

Refresh - Episode 3

In the third episode of new music showcase radio show Refresh, host Nate Gurarie played songs all across the genre board. Some highlighted pieces were Godsend by Bry, a single from the Irish singer-songwriter’s crowdfunded EP. Another track that was played was Collarbones by Braids, a song from the Calgary art-rock band released on a two-track single. Nate finished the show with the song Dreamo by Edmonton singer Sean Nicholas Savage. A dreamy, quirky ending for the show.

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Catch da Flava Radio - Politalks

Catch da Flava Radio- Politalks

Kaleb and Kaylin

For Catch da Flava Radio show we discussed our interview with Rachel Lauren Clark a video segment we did on Politalks and later delved into the upcoming municipal elections. Based on the interview we pulled up important clips and gave our own point of view on the issues she spoke on, such as not enough transgender people are being represented in politics. We later shifted into the October 22, municipal Elections. We talked about John Tory who is running to be re-elected as mayor. We discussed Tory’s campaign and the things he has accomplished right now as mayor. The October elections will also consist of voting in Toronto City Councillors that represents the ward of your district. They have now opened two new wards one of them is ward 23, which is for the area of Regent Park, Cabbagetown and St. Jamestown. For more information on all the candidates running for the October elections, please visit:…

Catch da Flava Radio - Gaming Disorder

Health Talks on Catch da Flava
Levi, Valentina, Divine, Matthew
July 30th

Last week our group hosted a radio show for Health Talks on Catch da Flava Radio. We discussed our experiences with video games and the reasons behind the newly classified mental condition issued by the World Health Organization. Based on the panel, our guests concluded in disagreement to the idea of the mental disorder classification. Overall we thought that the amount of gaming time could and should be restricted and controlled by the game developers to prevent negative connotations towards gaming.

We did a great job of keeping the conversation going with very little pauses in dialogue. The discussion topics and examples were engaging and kept the show interesting throughout. One thing we could have done differently is bring in some factual information to back up our opinions within the debate. For example, we could have listed percentages of players on the games we discussed and even people that have been ne…

Summer Blog - July 30th, 2018

Every morning this summer, I have had the pleasure of teaching and giving young people the opportunity to create their own interactive stories. Interactive stories can be thought of in three ways: the viewer can choose the path of the story, the viewer can manipulate the story, and the viewer is immersed in the story. 
For the first focus, I assigned projects where the youth were able to use Eko Studio to build a story from scratch in pairs. The next project was to create an interactive web-series pilot. The stories turned out great, and I am thrilled with what everyone was able to accomplish in two weeks.

Today I taught an introduction to computer science, as our theme is stories that can be manipulated by an audience. We are going to be building our own mini-apps using the MIT App Inventor. We're off to a great start this month! 

More to come!

Powerful by Nature - Coalition Against Poverty

Date: July 30th, 2018

Hosts: Jeneace & Reyna

Guests: Hodan, a counsellor from Jessie’s Centre, Sam, a young mother and OW recipient, and Yogi, an organizer with the Ontario Coalition Against Poverty

Topic: Navigating, Understanding and Destigmatizing Ontario Works

This week, Jeneace and Reyna hosted a PowerfulxNature episode on Ontario Works. In Ontario, 14.3% of people live in poverty with newcomers, people of color, single mothers, the elderly and people with disabilities experiencing the highest rates of poverty. Social assistance, or Ontario Works, provides crucial financial support for people in Ontario living in poverty but often fails to meet costs of living for example, in urban centres like Toronto. Our hosts first interviewed Hodan, a counsellor from Jessie’s Centre, who talked about how crucial OW support is for young parents, the vast majority who depend on it while they’re still in high school or post-secondary school. Our second interview was with Sam, a young m…

Radio Franco - Episode 2

In this episode of Radio Franco, Live From the Regent Park Focus Youth Media Arts Centre, we talked about places like restaurants, shops, Culture Centre and helping program that is all based or introduce the French culture to the citizen of Toronto. Also, we tried to guess french Idiomatic Expressions like Raconter des salades, which means lying, and C’est la fin des haricots which means everything is lost.

Dans cet épisode de Radio Franco, Live Du centre d’art médiatique jeunesse Regent Park Focus, nous avons parlé de restaurants, de magasins, de centres culturels et de programmes d’aide basés sur la culture française. Aussi, nous avons essayé de deviner les expressions idiomatiques françaises comme: Raconter des salades, ce qui signifie mentir, C'est la fin des haricots, ce qui signifie que tout est perdu.

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Ask The American - Episode 1

Episode Summary: It’s the first episode of Ask the American hosted by Regent Park Focus’ sit-in Americans: Brandon and Caleb! This episode opens with an introduction to Brandon and his guest. We will learn about what brought them both to Toronto and to Regent Park Focus. Both will share their experiences of traveling and what they have learn about the True North so far. Topics will range from everything from food, love, money, the diverse nature of Toronto. Not too bad for the first show, eh?

Notes: This is the first time that Brandon and Caleb appeared in the studio. The soundtrack was created by Brandon Berry.

Host(s): Brandon Berry & Caleb

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Catch da Flava Radio - Anger Management

Radio Blog - July 24th, 2018

This week on Catch Da Flava hosts Nate and Diamond talked to the Health Talk panelists about better ways to manage anger in our lives; whether it be the different ways that we express our anger or knowing the warning signs to pick up on it ; we talk about the ins and outs of this complex emotion.

The experience of anger can range from mild annoyance to rage and will vary for each person and in each situation. We discussed different sources of stress, whether it be from home, school or work etc and how it can make people quicker to anger. But no matter what it is that makes us angry, we emphasized that the most important thing is how we handle it. It is right to remember that anger is a feeling and It’s what we do with it that counts.

Furthermore we shared different ways we personally cope with anger as well as ways in which we should change our way of thinking to help control how we feel in times that anger would negatively shape our thoughts.


Refresh - Episode 2

In the second episode of new music showcase radio show Refresh, host Nate Gurarie played quite a number of songs. Some highlighted pieces were Talia by King Princess, a Brooklyn-based young artist who writes self-described “queer love songs”. Nate had gotten a chance to see King Princess perform that week and enjoyed talking about the intimate performance. Another song played was Disaffection by Ought, a song off the third album by the post-punk band from Montreal that displayed a lot of retro themes.

Summer Blogs - July 23-27th, 2018

This week marks the halfway mark for most of the interns at Regent Park Focus. The interns were really busy this week from editing footage that has been collected from the past week or so. Last week the interns created an interactive story pilot and have edited the pilot throughout this week. Each pilot is now up on the Regent Park Focus YouTube channel. We also had a chance to display our pilot to the class.

The RPTV news team were editing they’re interviews with Sureya Ibrahim and Afrah Ismail from the Toronto Centre for Community Learning and Development. Four videos have been filmed for the Politalks show and is now onto editing them. One of the interviews with Rachel Lauren Clark is finished editing. Also the Past, Present and Future team has finished editing their first interview as well. The RPTV team filmed their first show called “What is that?”. They tasted foods that can be seen as obscure or different towards certain people. They tasted foods like dragon fruit, a local pr…

Regent Park Focus Blog Post July 16 - 20

Regent Park Focus Blog Post July 16 - 20

This week was a busy week. The students have finished filing their interactive story pilots now it’s onto the editing. They also acted in their own videos which allowed them to try out new stuff and get a little creative and step out of their comfort zone to really make the videos impact more. This week was also full of filming. From filming Politalks interviews to interviewing for the RPTV news segments. Now that all the footage is in, it’s time for editing for the next week or so. We have captured lots of this great community and really see how everyone bonds together.

Our RPTV news team also got to experience the Taste of Regent event where there is live music and food from many different community members. It happens every Wednesday across the street from Daniels Spectrum.

For radio, there were a couple segments about issues and topics that pertain to everyone. We not only had some political talks but also addressed issues with parenta…

Radio Franco - Episode 1

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Sur Radio Franco tu trouvera de la musique seulement en Français. Pour notre première émission on a commencé par introducir le co-animateur (Mathieu), co-animatrice (Valentina) de cette émission et d'où ils vien. Dans notre épisode on a couvert la définition et l’origine de le mots “Francophonie” avec l’histoire de notre culture francophone. Par la fin de l'émission on a couvert un événement courante qui s’appelle la fête national de belge.

In Radio Franco you will find songs in french. We started off by presenting the co- hosts of the show (Mathieu and Valentina) and where they come from. For this first show we define “La Francophonie”, the origins of it and it’s importance.We also gave some inside of where to find french speakers in toronto by giving a current event happening in the city.

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PowerfulXNature: Summer Fun on a Budget!

Date: July 16th, 2018

Hosts : Reyna & Sinead
Guests : Karen from Jessie’s Centre and Natalie Richardson from Save Your Skin Foundation
Topic : Summer Fun on a Budget!

Ever worry you won’t be able to do anything fun with your kids in the summer because you don’t have enough money for regular trips or outings? This week, Reyna and Sinead break down the ways you can plan a summer full of fun on a budget. With tips and tricks about budgeting, finding deals and taking advantage of free events across Toronto, you’ll want to listen to this episode.

 We began our interviews with Karen from Jessie’s Centre. Karen gave us some great tips on how to plan and find cheap, family-friendly places to visit around Toronto. We talked with Karen about how Toronto parks like High Park and Trinity Bellwoods, Centre Island, and summer festival or celebrations like Pride are free and are outings where you can further cut costs by packing lunch, snacks and beverages. Karen also suggested che…

Refresh - Episode 1

In the first episode of new music showcase radio show Refresh, host Nate Gurarie played a diverse collection of songs. Some highlighted pieces were the single I Feel Free by DILLY DALLY, a Toronto soft-grunge band who Nate was really excited to play, as he has been listening to them for a number of years. Another song that was played is Essuwonike by Jeremy Dutcher, a Two-Spirit operatic singer and composer was played. Over the years Jeremy Dutcher has been preserving his ancestry by transcribing traditional Maliseet songs from archived recordings and making his adaptations available to all.
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Regent Park Focus Blog Post July 13th, 2018

This week marked the first full week for new Regent Park Focus Summer Staff.

New Media Coordinator Shian has been leading the interns in a morning course about Interactive Storytelling. After an exercise in re-adapting TV scripts, the staff were split into two groups and wrote a script and filled out call sheets for a pilot episode of an interactive web series.

Last week Music Production Coordinator Levi has been helping youth create their own beats. There’s plenty of room for more students, so come by any weekday from 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM and learn about music production, editing, and mixing!

In the afternoons staff have been researching and writing their own articles for the monthly Catch Da Flava Magazine. The pieces are looking to all be very interesting, so keep an eye out for the online and in-print release!

The staff continued their work on producing shows for the TV and radio station, getting familiar with the inner workings of film and radio production. Groups started film p…

Multi Media Summer Intern Blog - July 9, 2018

For the first week of the summer multimedia internship at Regent Park Focus Youth Media Arts Centre, we had the great time of not only meeting the people we would be working with throughout the summer; but got to create our own interactive storytelling project with a partner using the platform, Eko. With this project the youth were able to plan and create a summer story in which imagination would thrive as, Eko allowed us to use video footage we planed and shot as well as those found online.

Additionally by using this platform we had the power of creating pathways that would enable the the viewer to choose between alternating paths within the videos and story structure as well as being able to view multiple videos at once. This all being possible with the use of this free online platform showed to us by our New Media Coordinator, Shian Grace.

Later on towards the afternoons the summer intern group would work collaboratively; whether in groups or pairs; to plan a series of projects…

Catch da Flava - Youth Answer Questions on Sports

For this episode of Health Talks Youth Radio, we share an interview we did with a few youth participants about their feelings on sports, and the level of participation they have in it whether as an athlete or spectator. The interview was quite interesting with a handful of participants. We find that they gravitate to different sports, and Ultimate Frisbee seems to be the underdog sport in this interview session. The questions we asked our youth participants were:

What’s your favorite sport and why?

Do you participate in sports? Which ones?

Why do you like/dislike sports?

Would you recommend sports to others and how would you do that?

What sport do you wish you can get into?

We wanted to share this conversation not just because sports is a fun way to get our bodies fit and active, but because it relates to our show on “Flubber” and how sports equipment enhances sports performance. There’s definitely a lot that sports has to offer in our lives, whether we are active participants…

Catch da Flava - "Flubber" and Sports Equipment to Enhance Performance

For our July 5th episode of Health Talks Youth Radio, we introduced our show with a discussion on the movie “Flubber” and how sports equipment enhances sport performance. Flubber is a movie about mad scientist Professor Philip Brainard and his insatiable need to create more and more scientific innovations. He’s engaged to Sara Reynolds, a part of the college faculty and they are trying to get married for the third time since the last two times he forgot because he was busy creating more inventions. He misses his third and final chance when he gets caught up creating “flubber” a polymer substance with free will and the capacity to multiple the energy that is given to it. So if you bounce it on the floor, it goes up and down repeatedly and rapidly given only one little toss. In between, he has to win back the heart of Sara, fight off his mortal enemy, and defend his creations against an evil parent and his bratty son.

Some of the questions we asked the youth panel when it comes to th…

Catch da Flava - Panel Discussion on Exercise

For this edition of Health Talks Youth Radio, we had our panel discussion that explored the topic of exercise. Not only is the weather better in Toronto that it would encourage people to celebrate the use of their bodies but exercise more than ever is an important and vital component to healthy living for youth.

According to the latest study by Preventive Medicine, it analyzed data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination that tracked over 12,500 people aged 6 to 84 years to log how many of their waking hours they spent active and how many they spent sitting. It shows the older people are, the more inactive they becoming but shockingly the research shows that 19 year olds spend as much time being inactive and sedentary as 60 year olds. Considering that, it’s clear we need to get a move on when it comes to exercise!

Some of the questions we asked our youth panelists were:

What do you think accounts for youth being as inactive as seniors? What is pulling them away from e…

Catch da Flava - Interviews on Exercise

For our July 3rd edition of Catch da Flava Youth Radio, we started our show with a series of pre-recorded interviews from youth participants to get their take on exercise. The interviews were conducted to try to understand how youth participants are dealing with their body’s changes and how they perceive the adequacy of their bodies. Especially in our modern times where most youth want to just hang out indoors and scroll through endless memes on social media, exercise seems to be something fundamental we must reclaim.

We asked them five questions which were:

How much exercise do you think you do a day? A week?

Do you consider yourself physically fit/healthy? Why or why not?

What ways do you want to improve your physical health? How do you think you can achieve this goal?

Do you enjoy exercise? Why or why not?

What kinds of exercise do you participate in? What are some you want to take up?

We ended off this show with a song that celebrates the triumph of the human spirit throu…
Divas Session Sexual Health
On June 29th, 2018, Lisa Parke from The Black Coalition for AIDS Prevention (BLACK CAP) facilitated a workshop on sexual health.
The session began with a check-in, and then a conversation around sexual health and STI’s; and how it is transmitted to the body. Lisa mentioned that some people who have STIs don’t know that they are infected as there are no symptoms associated with STIs. Lisa also talked about HIV and AIDS and the myths and the stigmas associated with the disease. In addition, stats on HIV and AIDS were shared as well. Shortly after the conversation the girls participated in activities on STIs. The girls did an amazing job on the activities! The girls took away some insightful information from today’s session.
The session ended with a comment from Lisa: if a person is sexually active, it is very important that he or she get tested to know his or her status.

Catch da Flava - End-Of-School Panel Discussion

For this edition of Health Talks Youth Radio, we had our wonderful panel discussion with our youth participants discussing how they navigated through school stress while school was in. We chatted about the issue only to celebrate that it’s finally over. Some of the questions we explored were:

What’s a way school stress has affected you emotionally? I’m talking about how it has made you feel, the anxiety, the sorrow, the anger, the frustration. What’s the worst and best emotions from the school term for you?

So how’s school stress affected you psychologically? This can be something like how it makes you doubt your ability to finish assignments, to do well in exams- all that. Or what about some stories you heard from friends and classmates?

Sometimes, because the body and mind are connected, we can have physical symptoms from school stress. How has school stressed you out- did you have to have all-nighters, difficulty sleeping because of worry, physical weakness trying to keep up …

Catch da Flava - School Stress

For our June 26th edition of Catch da Flava Youth Radio, we introduced our first half with our topic school stress, to celebrate the end of it now that school’s over and we can enjoy our summer. We’ve interviewed a handful of youth who were either in school or fresh out of it, and how they dealth with school stress. We played as a pre-recorded interview and we asked them all the same five questions which were:

How stressful would you consider school, how is your school work load? Do you think it is manageable?

What are some ways you cope with high levels of school responsibilities?

What would you suggest they do different in school to help kids with their stress levels?

Do you ever indulge in unhealthy habits because of your stress levels? Like overeating, video game playing etc. What are your habits and why do you think you gravitate to them?

What are some healthy ways to manage school stress?

In light of the prevalent issue of school stress, we’ve noted that several reputabl…

PowerfulXNature: Pride, LGBTQ+ Identities and Realities and Allyship

Date: June 25th, 2018
Hosts : Jeneace & Rhiannon
Guests : Faith, Giselle, Trystan
Topic : Pride, LGBTQ+ Identities and Realities and Allyship

This week, Jeneace and Rhiannon hosted a Pride episode on Pride, LGBTQ+ Identities and Realities and Allyship . Jeneace began with a brief history of Pride in Toronto, outlining how the 1981 Bathhouse raids in Toronto that saw police storm 4 gay bathhouses and arrest about 300 men sparked protests that evolved into Toronto Pride. She also discussed Black Lives Matter Toronto’s successful protest at Pride in 2016 that challenged the organization’s racism and police presence at Pride.

We began our interviews with Giselle from SOY H.E.A.T. Giselle and the hosts had an honest conversation about the struggles queer and trans youth face coming to terms with who they are and thriving. From wide spread transphobia and ignorance about different queer, trans and non-binary identities to the many risks of coming out before you’re ready a…

Divas Girls Group - Relationships

Divas Session

June 22, 2018


The girls had a great session this week!

Monica Gore, a 614 Salvation Army community worker from Regent Park, facilitated a workshop on relationships. Although the girls are not dating yet, today’s discussion was very relatable with respect to other forms of relationships. Monica talked about relationships with: partners, spouses, family members, siblings, friends and others; and within those relationships you can have unhealthy, healthy or co-dependent relationships. A person’s self-worth and self-esteem are factors that sustain relationships; so if a person isn’t feeling good about him/her self or have low self-esteem he/she is likely to be in an unhealthy relationship. Monica then read some relationship scenarios relating to self-worth and self-esteem, where the girls had to decide if the relationship was healthy or unhealthy. The girls did an amazing job with the scenarios! The girls were then divided into two groups where they had to …