By Jessica Sudhir, Youth Media Arts Program Coordinator, Boys & Girls Club of Albion
This year at Boys & Girls Club of Albion, our youth took part in a lot of social recreational programming geared to their interests.
In the spring, we were able to create a unique culinary program for youth in Etobicoke through the Skilled4Success program, with thanks to Recipe Unlimited, and in partnership with Humber College.
After 8-weeks of learning different techniques with Chef D from Humber College, participants became experts in making soups and sandwiches, and a bunch of recipes from from banana bread to French toast. A personalized cookbook was made for each of the young chefs!
The youth graduated from the program as master cooks of Etobicoke and enjoyed a celebratory meal catered by the students of the Humber College Culinary Program.
Youth in our Rexpressions Media Arts program took part in a 8-week Journalism program led by Seneca Alumni Duchess Wright in the fall.
Duchess taught the youth what it means to be an anchor person or an operator behind the lens, and showed them methods of delivery on-screen. Our youth had the opportunity to meet with meteorologist Stephanie Henry from City News Toronto and hear about her journey to the screen.
Staff and participants also toured Seneca College’s Media Arts faculty where they tested their skills around journalism in a mock news feed. Bill Hutchison and Kevin Frankish, along with the students and faculty members from Seneca, provided insight on the program and talked to the youth about setting goals, overcoming obstacles, and how they started in the field of journalism.