It is with great pleasure that I present to you, the first of (hopefully) many exciting updates that I can give you about the AYO! (Aboriginal Youth Opportunities!) Leadership Team, the anti-gang I work with. Today was a very important day for us. Seeing as how we are not an organization, we are simply a group of young North Enders who give a SHIT* about our community. In any event, today was such a good day...
AYO @ Flipside
So once upon a time, there was a business named 'Flipside Grill' (located @ 617 Selkirk Ave ). Now, this Business was conveniently located to AYO! And where they do a lot of their work. As such, we decided to have our next Leadership Team meeting @ Flipside Grill. It was great, we met and ate burgers, breakfast and Pansit (they have AWESOME Filipino cuisine n catering there!).
At the meeting we shared our progress to date (we have an annual report for AYO, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org), met one another (there was bout 9 of us) and committed to workin' together. Such a powerful commitment. In any event we will be meeting again in August to share our progress. In addition, we brainstormed some ideas and created a few sub-committees to move ideas forward. From here, MC will meet with each person to solidify their commitment and further explore what that individuals role could be within AYO, and possibly even the Leadership Team.
And so, since Flipside offers Free Wi-Fi with meals, we did some online exploration and online establishment of AYO!. We created a Twitter, and a YouTube to go alongside our already established facebook and email account. We have a website COMING SOON. Check out AYO's online imprint:
AYO FB page: www.facebook.com/AYOantigang
AYO Twitter: @AYOantigang (www.twitter.com/ayoantigang)
AYO YouTube: AboriginalYouthOpps (http://www.youtube.com/user/AboriginalYouthOpps)
AYO website: COMING SOON!!!
While you're at it make sure you keep checking as we will have a website and a blog up and running very soon!
And don't forget to check out Creative Expressions, Monday July 11th, 6-8pm @ Ralph Brown Community Centre - 460 Andrews Street. CE is a FREE creative writing program for youth 11 and up and will be re-doing BANNERS on Selkirk Avenue, and exploring why the North End is beautiful through PHOTOGRAPHY!
Join Us :)
Love & Respect
"Let us put our minds together to see what life we can make for our children" - Sitting Bull