On Friday November 18th 2016, the Divas Girl Group went on an excursion to attend the MusiCounts TD Community Music Program celebration. Regent Park Focus Youth Media Arts Centre was privileged to have received a grant from the program, that will go towards a upcoming music program for the youth in Regent Park. The Divas Girl group was lucky to attend the kick-off celebration which included amazing performances. There were three performers from Art Starts, Vanessa Lu, and one surprise performance from Canadian juno award winner- Kardinal Offishall. It was an overall exciting upbeat performance from all three performers. The Divas Girl Group then went on to the Art Gallery of Ontario to view great Canadian artist’s work. It was a great excursion that all of the girls enjoyed.
For our April 10th edition of Catch da
Flava Youth Radio, host Diamond sat down with the lovely and
energetic Resident Babe, Stephanie Battieste who created the
all-girls skateboarding group Babes Brigade. Stephanie was so excited
to share all about her skateboarding group and what it does to bring
new life to the skateboard scene. With a background in graphic design
and fashion, Stephanie increasingly found more interest in
skateboarding and started to post on social media when she would be
out at the skate park, inviting and interested friends to come along.
She subsequently developed a following that grew into Babes Brigade,
a fun space for girls to gather and skateboard.
When asked why she wanted to create
Babes Brigade, Stephanie said that whenever she went to the skate
park, she often saw other girls there intimidated to be one of the
few girls there in the skate park. Having girls together creates
confidence for them to gather around and really learn the tricks of
skate and lea…
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…
For our May 22nd episode of Catch da
Flava Youth Radio, host Travis invited a very animated, fun guest
from the Native Canadian Centre of Toronto, Edward Cyr. Starting with
assisting members of the NCCT with housing concerns, he gradually
moved to different departments and now works with youth for the
organization. He chatted with us about how NCCT was created as an
alternative outlet for the Indigenous community who did not find a
lot of community meeting space that were not Christian and
consequently places they couldn’t identify with. Now gradually
becoming bigger and better, it serves a huge community and even
invites people who don’t identify as Indigenous.
In discussing the various programs
available at the centre, Edward chatted with Travis about the
Okichitaw Indigenous Martial Arts Program and specifies how this is a
different type of martial arts, specific to the Indigenous community.
Most of what we know of martial arts originates from China and stars
like Jacky Chan and Br…