Brampton – Today, a youth violence prevention working group, in partnership with the Region of Peel and the IMPACT Youth Advisory Group, launched Express Yourself, a media arts contest for Peel residents aged 12 to 24. The working group is made up of representatives from numerous agencies serving youth in Peel.
From March 26 to May 1, 2012, youth are invited to participate in the contest by creating and submitting poetry, artwork, photography or videos, to answer one of the following two questions: How does youth violence impact you? OR What can be done to prevent youth violence?
“Youth violence affects everyone in some way, from safety to self-esteem to outlook on life,” said Gael Miles, Chair of the Youth Violence Prevention Advisory Committee and Peel Regional Councillor. “Preventing youth violence in our community leads to a healthier society. By participating in this contest, Peel youth can speak out against violence and demonstrate why they are the leaders for tomorrow.”
An independent judging panel will select the winners based on the creativity used to communicate their message about youth violence. The top three winning entries in each age category will receive a prize package valued up to $300.00 and be featured alongside other finalists at a showcase event on May 11th, 2012 from 5:30 pm to7:30 pm, just prior to the Alliance Against Violence Youth Concert at the Rose Theatre Garden Square. All other submissions will appear on www.voice4peelyouth.ca
“I want to help make my community a safer place to live in. Through this contest I can do my part by expressing my ideas to end youth violence.” Said Nikki Amrith, IMPACT Youth Advisory member.
The Region of Peel works with a number of community-based organizations in Brampton, Mississauga and Caledon that deliver programs and services directly to youth.
Partners in the contest include: Brampton Safe City, City of Brampton, City of Mississauga, Elizabeth Fry Society of Peel-Halton, Malton Neighbourhood Services, Nexus Youth Services, Peel Children and Youth Initiative, Punjabi Community Health Services, Rapport Youth and Family Services and Safe City Mississauga. For more information on how to participate in Express Yourself, please visit www.voice4peelyouth.ca