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2023: New Year, New Projects with the Youth Council

Updated: Feb 20, 2023

By Fianna McKnight and Ezra Padbury

Happy New Year! We hope you had a fantastic holiday break and are excited for what’s to come in 2023!

Remember the Building Bridges project we did in early 2022? Well, to jog your memory, we interviewed seniors in the Paisley community and published a podcast, AE Archives. We then had local artists create pieces relating to the seniors’ storytelling and held an interactive art gallery in March. Well, exciting news– we’re working on a sequel, this time with a focus on the rest of Bruce County! Stay tuned for more information, and make sure to follow the podcast on any listening platform!

We’ve been focused on recruiting during the winter months– we have held a few successful in-person events, including a Games Night, and we’re hoping to hold many more in the coming year!

That being said, we’re always looking for more members. The Youth Council functions solely through our volunteers, so if you are a youth, or if you know someone who may be interested, don’t be afraid to reach out! You decide your level of commitment, and pick your projects based on interest. AEYC functions because of our community’s youth, both as members and as supporters, so your work is valued no matter what you do!

If you’re interested, reach out to us on Instagram @arranelderslieyouth or fill out the form in our bio, and we’ll be in touch!

Finally, we’ll conclude with a book recommendation from one of our council members:

Seven Empty Houses by Samanta Schweblin follows seven different storylines. Each character faces a different inner dilemma; some chapters more so than others, but they are all thoughtful and every word as powerful as the last.”

That’s all we have for this month. As always, stay safe, stay tuned, and we’ll see you next month for an exciting 2023!

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