Teens Make A Difference

Emily Educator by Emily Educator March 18, 2018

An innovative and empowering morning that put things into focus hosted by Teens Now Talk, =ITY and the Halifax Public Library. Teens Making A Difference engaged, inspired and impacted over 100-You-th as part of Halifax Public Libraries’ African Heritage Month activities.   The event focused on African Nova Scotian and indigenous youth, with an overall theme of youth empowerment – energizing youth to becomes agents of positive change both in themselves and in their communities.

An innovative and empowering morning hosted by Teens Now Talk, =ITY and the Halifax Public Library. Teens Making A Difference engaged, inspired and impacted over 100-You-th as part of Halifax Public Libraries’ African Heritage Month activities.   The event focused on African Nova Scotian and indigenous youth, with an overall theme of youth empowerment – energizing youth to becomes agents of positive change both in themselves and in their communities.

“The goal is to celebrate African Heritage Month and to show all youth how a single change can and has impacted yesterday, today and tomorrow.,” says event Facilitator and Key Speaker Jessica Bowden M.S.M.

Inspirational Speaker, Program Strategist, Engagement Consultant, Facilitator and five-time award winning Entrepreneur Jessica Bowden M.S.M. delivered engaging sessions which inspires You-th to turn their hobbies into professions and empowering You-th Voice with the confidence. You-th discovered each has their very own superhero power, to impact their world in a larger, positive way and seek tangible results. Throughout the event, youth gained key information about =ITY, communITY organizations/relevant services, utilize the opportunITY to meet, connect and share the power of diversITY with other youth and guest throughout the day.

Jessica’s powerful session on jobs and opportunities has the youth running to the stage, says Heather MacKenzie, Halifax Public Libraries Manager – Diversity Services. (see video)  Times are changing and with 89% of Millennials anticipating staying in a J.O.B. for less than 2.5 years. The time is NOW, says Jessica, to show You-th the opportunities within their communITY and bring our You-th into the boardrooms and start talking careers.

“I believe in being proactive when I see smoke, no force to react when I see fire,” says Jessica. Today’s youth are putting up S.O.S signals and they need to know people can read the signs.”

The event was beyond electrifying, from the first moment Jessica set the tone to the performers, spoken word artist, drumming, and interactive activities. The youth were engaged from the time they came in until they left, says NicoleRosenow-Redhead, Nicole, Halifax Public Libraries Youth Services. The youth left the event with an increased sense of pride in who they are and in their cultural heritage, as well as a belief that they CAN and WILL make a difference.

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