Movement (moov – m uh nt) noun: 1.) a a group of people with a common ideology b the organized action and campaigning of such a group: a successful movement to abolish child exploitation.
AYO is an anti-gang. That means we are a group of young people banding together for support towards making positive choices and accessing meaningful opportunities. By our very existing, we satisfy the first part of the above mentioned definition of a movement, as a group of people standing behind the same ideology.
Since our inception in March 2010, we have attempted to mobilize our various networks and communities for collective action towards a common goal. Recently, we have begun to infiltrate the internet with our positive message, in an attempt at sharing more opportunities with more young people!
Hashtags (on twitter)
Part of what we have done is began using Twitter Hashtags to group our thoughts together on Twitter. Each of these hashtags represent a different type of project or goal, and the use of such a hashtag allows us to keep all the tweets that use such a tag together. This is useful in case we ask a question or are hosting a conversation, where people can simply use a hashtag to include their tweet in the discussion.
Thishashtag is intended as a rallying point for inner city residents that are fedup with the amount of sexual exploitation that occurs in Winnipeg. If any tweep (or person using twitter) sees suspicious activities andsuspects a vehicle of sexual exploitation, we can tweet vehicle descriptionsand license plates (no names, and no accusations!) using the #JohnWatchWPGhashtag. This information is good to getout there for companies and families to see if their vehicles are being usedfor questionable activities, as well details are collected and reported tosafer communities. This movement is in its infancy and once momentum is gainedwe can begin to further mobilize this group of tweeps for further action tokeep our streets safe!
Itis important for young people to become involved in the systems that makedecisions that affect them. To that end,AYO has created the PolitiX initiative that aims to engage young people in thevoting process and allow them an opportunity to face candidates around electiontimes. We have already hosted onsuccessful candidates forum in the 41st Federal Canadian Election inWinnipeg North. Future plans are underway for the 40th Manitoba Provincial election in October 2011 tohost 2 more ‘Get Real’ Events in Point Douglas and St John’s. Adding the #PolitiX hashtag torelevant tweets can keep young people informed on specific youth relatedissues!
Weas citizens should have a say in who receives a key to our city…that’spersonal, giving someone a metaphorical key to an entire city. We want the people who receive these awardsto be publicly decided by its citizens in a transparent and democratic process.
This just for fun movement allows us to Tweet lines of inspiration and hope to the twitter world.
Please feel free to participate in your own twitter feed by using any of these hashtags, and keep your eyes posted for further action items coming from @AYOantigang and members of the Leadership Team!
Love & Respect