Mark Your Calendars: May 1st to 7th is BC Youth Week!
BC Youth Week has been held annually in the first week of May since 1995 and commemorates the issues, accomplishments, and diversity of youth in BC1. During this weeklong provincial event, youth from across the province will be encouraged to participate in various activities and events that honour and celebrate their many contributions to their communities1.
Taking part in BC Youth Week at your classroom or school will create opportunities both within the school community and the wider community for students to be heard, recognized, and celebrated1; build a strong connection between youth and the school community and the wider community1; allow students to collaborate with each other and support one another1; and promote partnerships between youth, adults, businesses, governments, schools, and the media1.
Research has shown that when youth are celebrated by their communities, there are many positive outcomes; benefits can include greater protective mechanisms, increased self-esteem, better coping behaviours, and the ability to take part in more positive relationships at school, at home, and in the community2. Additionally, taking part in BC Youth Week can also help youth to become catalysts for change who play active roles in the ways that their communities are shaped3,4.
Follow BC Youth Week on Twitter, on Facebook, and on Instagram and find a list of BC Youth Week events happening across BC here. You can also visit the BC Youth Week website or check out the BC Youth Week Media Guide for further information.
How are you planning on celebrating BC Youth Week in your classroom or school? Let us know in the comments section down below!
1 BC Youth Week (n.d.). About. Retrieved from: http://www.bcyouthweek.com/about/
2 Okeke-Adeyanju, N. et al. (2014). Celebrating the strengths of black youth: increasing self-esteem and implications for prevention. The Journal of Primary Prevention, 35(5), 357-369.
3 Veeran, V. (2004). Working with street children: a child-centred approach. Child Care in Practice, 10(4), 359-366.
4 Tiven, L. (2002, July). Peer leadership: helping youth become change agents in their schools and communities. Retrieved from: http://www.partnersagainsthate.org/publications/Peer_Leadership_Guide.pdf
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