Our youth is our future! It is time to recognize that the youth we see today will be our future leaders. We want to level the playing field for every youth, regardless of the side of the track they are from – “every child matters”
We believe that engaging our youth is crucial! Being creative in our engagement is essential! The reward is PRICELESS!
We also believe that it is through personal relationships can a sense of individual responsibility be re-established and this will give children the commitment to follow through on a path to adulthood with a sense of pride and accomplishment.
INVEST IN OUR CHILDREN!
Vision: to create an environment that will be an invaluable resource to youth people; aspiring mentors and the community at large.
CONTEMPORARY BATIK ART (CBA): “One Vision, Many Voices”!
By using art as a therapy, we will give our youth in marginalized and vulnerable communities an outlet to transition their minds from their current situation to something creative. We will foster a learning experience for both the trainers that will be facilitating the workshops and the kids participating in it, by working with the youth to create individual works of Batik Art.
CBA will also promote youth and community inclusiveness and diversity, as the trainers are individuals from many cultures, ethnicities, and religious backgrounds; they have come together to create a pleasant and working art community.
THE INTERNSHIP PROGRAM (TIP)
Interns from post-secondary institutes and COOP students from High Schools will have the opportunity to work in areas such as: Marketing, Media Relations, Social Media, Research, Entertainment, Event Management, General Administration, etc with various entities within GMEAN’s organization. Students will also have the opportunity to intern with GMEAN’s collaborating partners.
Youth in Focus will offer children and youth that have already been identified as marginalized and vulnerable, an opportunity to work with a caring and qualified mentor, to improve their ability to develop a positive attitude towards their future.
An enhancement of the program will be the added: “peer to peer (P2P) mentorship.
YOUTH 4 MEDIA
We will piggy-back on the overwhelming interest in social media and other technology that are inundating the lives of our youth. The program will partner with local, national and international media organizations and independent filmmakers to promote YIF and other talented youth in local communities. A heavy focus will be placed on the visible minority youth, including those in our disabled community.
It is imperative that our youth be well prepared for life-both during their school years and for life after school. Timing is essential as youth are more adaptable and opened when they are very young. Our program will have five (5) components, including “The Right Book” .