SHIELD en­cour­ag­ing youth to take part in re­treat

Hands-on learn­ing ex­pe­ri­ence in­cor­po­rat­ing var­i­ous forms of tech­nol­ogy

The Labradorian - - Front Page - BY EVAN CAREEN

The Sex­ual Health In­for­ma­tion Ex­change Labrador District (SHIELD) Project is look­ing for youth aged 13-18 to take part in a three-day art, cul­ture and tech­nol­ogy (ACT) re­treat in early Oc­to­ber.

Denise Cole, SHIELD project co­or­di­na­tor, said it will be a hands-on learn­ing ex­pe­ri­ence.

“What we’re do­ing is try­ing a bunch of dif­fer­ent art medi­ums,” she said. “But also, how do we take these forms of art and turn them into some­thing we can use with our tech­nol­ogy.”

She said youth will be en­cour­aged to bring their smart­phones, tablets, lap­tops and other de­vices and they will teach them how to take phys­i­cal art into on­line art and mes­sag­ing us­ing art-based soft­ware.

Some of the ac­tiv­i­ties will in­clude im­age cre­ation, jam ses­sions, magazine mak­ing, edit­ing skills, and the­atre/sto­ry­telling. The re­treat will be co­or­di­nated by award-win­ning mul­ti­me­dia artist Liz Solo.

“We’re do­ing dif­fer­ent things to cre­ate these fun and user friendly en­vi­ron­ments for young peo­ple to ex­press them­selves through art but also to learn about sex­ual health and other well­ness top­ics,” Cole said.

SHIELD is part­ner­ing with Labrador Gren­fell Health (LGH) on the event, with the Labrador Friend­ship Cen­tre spon­sor­ing it. The re­treat is free for youth. LGH will be in­volv­ing youth in dis­cus­sions around such top­ics as sex­ual health and the Friend­ship Cen­tre will as­sist with blend­ing In­dige­nous com­po­nents into the event.

Cole said with the re­treat the idea is putting health themes re­ally strongly into the work that they’re do­ing. Each of the three days will have a dif­fer­ent theme.

The first day will be about re­la­tion­ships, the sec­ond will be about sex­ual health, and the third will be about self-im­age.

“The idea is we use that en­ergy to make sure that young peo­ple have the space, and the safe space, to be able to talk about what they’re ex­pe­ri­enc­ing or any­thing they would like to share,” she said. “We’ll also have ex­perts on hand to make sure they get the right in­for­ma­tion for any­thing they want to learn as well.”

Space for the re­treat is lim­ited and the ap­pli­ca­tion dead­line is Mon­day, Sept. 17. Ap­pli­ca­tions can be com­pleted on­line at www.lfc­shield­pro­ject.ca or con­tact project co­or­di­na­tor Denise Cole at dcole@lfchvgb.ca or 8968302 (ext. 224).

FILE PHOTO

Sex­ual Health In­for­ma­tion Ex­change Labrador District Project co­or­di­na­tor Denise Cole teach­ing some of the youth in the project about tech­nol­ogy and how they can use it to get a mes­sage out.

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