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Teen Voice Project (Project 1)

The Teen Voice project is a program for youth (age 13 to 19) which would allow them to showcase their talents in the arts in a public way. This includes a recording studio, an online radio station and website where youth can have their music played, their poetry read, their stories and art published and their talents in music and dance seen and heard. In addition the project would involve students who are studying video and editing to get real practice working on the projects and even kids interested in web design could be involved in the website production. The sky is the limit here – even kids interested in journalism and radio could interview other kids and host their own shows.

The goal is that eventually the project would be fully run by the youth and only overseen by an adult. Also the recording studio would be available for schools to send students to learn more about editing, and recording and it would be a place that they could earn credit for volunteering and doing community projects.

The project would be spearheaded by a current radio host and producer in the Vancouver area, who has 5 radio shows both live on air and online. He has his own online radio station and will provide dedicated time each week to play the youth segments.

If we are given this grant we would strive to work together with local highschools and music/dance studio’s to help promote the arts not only in our community but across Canada and give kids a voice and a forum to be heard, seen and published around the world.

Short Term Goal: Lease space and purchase equipment for a recording studio, computer with editing software, and video equipment. Go around to the local highschools and music/dance studios and speak with the arts directors to find students who would like to be involved. Start producing youth oriented talk shows and music shows, (audio and /or video) teaching the students all aspects of the production along the way and allowing a safe place for kids to learn and grow in the arts and culture.

Long Term Goal: Have a dedicated online radio station playing 24/7 for youth as well as a website with video streaming, both funded by sponsors and advertisers so that it will always be free to the kids. This would be available to all kids in the community with no bias to gender, race or beliefs. Also we are looking into ways to make the program environmentally friendly beyond the standard recycling and reusing.

Project: Universal Word (Project 2)

Pass This on to all kids you may know in the age range (This is World Wide )
by Terrance Evans on Thursday, October 6, 2011 at 7:29pm
Project: Universal Word
This project is to and for the young adults of this world. Anybody aged 13-19 may participate universally. Being a symbol of hope for others is a courageous movement. It takes self love, discipline and inner strengths to pursue this contest. This exciting new challenge takes place live on air twice a month. Once a month the top three poems will be read on-air by either myself, or the original writer, if available, to participate live. Youth will forward completed poems to universalwords@thisisvancouveronline.ca Now is the time to commence writing down your thoughts, and exploring your mind. Exploration in a positive setting always leads to a productive discovery. Expressing creative thought is as inventive as it is healing. Being imaginative and vividly profound exemplifies the art of writing. The rules are simple:

Contest Rules:

1. All entries must be typed and title Include name, address, age, grade, school of participant.All poems become the property of Universalword.ca
Poems do not have to rhyme.
No swearing.
You can enter up to 5 times per month.
Deadline is the 15th of each set month.
Most importantly: Have Fun!!!
Scale of Points:
Title: 10 points;
Content: 40 points;
Creativity: 20 points;
Style: 30 points.

I host this event as an outlet for any youth to show and prove there understanding of what it actually takes and gives being a teenager in this day and age. Topics can range in any fashion. Every 3 months there will be a bonus opportunity with a given topic of suggestion. At the end of each year, all winners will be showcased in a printed booklet given to all participants who have ever entered.

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