Catch da Flava Radio - Cannabis

For our February 20th edition of Catch da Flava Youth Radio host Travis talked to our panel discussion about cannabis and the ever changing social, cultural, and legal perspective on cannabis. In discussing the issue, we address how Canada is nearing to changing the laws around cannabis and how we feel that change will affect Canadian culture. We asked questions such as how legalization can affect issues around drunk/high driving, regulation of dosages amd quality, and drug-related crimes. Most of the panel discussion agreed that legalization may reduce drug-related crimes and make marijuana use much safer without unclear methods of growing and cross-breeding from “dealers”. Guest panel Erika shared that when addressing her anxiety with doctors, her doctor suggested she use marijuana which is medical grade so doesn’t make patients “high” per se, only calm.

Other discussions surrounding issues of how marijuana can actually be beneficial for some extreme conditions that help pa…

Catch da Flava Radio - Relationship Expert Roza Nozari

For our February 13th, 2018 edition of Catch da Flava Youth Radio, we talked with relationship expert Roza Nozari about her experience in relationships and some advice she for youth delving into the issues of relationships. Host Beverly talked to Roza about what makes a good relationship and what makes an unhealthy relationship and some of the signs for what both types of relationships look like. Roza shares that healthy relationships often make people feel joyful, inspired and full of themselves while an unhealthy relationship will make us feel tired, not ourselves and not happy. Roza talks about her own experience in relationships sharing that we all go through good and bad relationships, letting us know that relationships are somewhere we can learn from and not to feel too bad if we have to experience a negative relationship. For our other portion of our interview with Roza, we talked more about LGBT+ relationships and how to navigate them in strict cultural settings. For …

Divas Girls Group - Sessions 17 - Our Home on Native Land...Canadian History & Colonization - Part 2

The Diva Girls Group
Session 17: Our Home on Native Land...Canadian History & Colonization: Part 2
January 19th, 2018
The session started off with a circle rock activity asking the Divas a question: “If you were Prime Minister for a day, what law would you make?” The Divas were only allowed to make one law! Many of the Divas had inspirational answers and other ones were just fun and silly. One Diva said “If I were Prime Minister for a day, I would give all homeless people shelter”. Another Diva said “If I were Prime Minister for a day, I would buy so many shoes”. This circle rock activity let the Divas view what was important to each of them.

Next, there was a special guest poet who came to perform named Alicia. After her performance, Alicia spoke about land acknowledgement with the Divas. Alicia identified as Native and spoke about her culture and all of the hardships her people have faced throughout history.

The Divas then had a 15 minute break with healthy snacks a…

Catch da Flava Radio - Sexual Health and Youth

For the February 6th, 2018 edition of Catch da Flava Youth Radio, we had host Diamond Bailey sit down and chat with sexual health promoter Richard Texeira to discuss issues of sexual health and how it relates to youth. Their upcoming workshop on Thursday targets educating service providers who deal with youth with little social attachments, such as low school attendance and vulnerable to homelessness. They support LGBT+ Youth to be trainers, speakers and advocates in these workshops to empower them in their sexuality. They are a collaborative event, such as having Eva’s Satellite organization which is a substance use reduction organization for youth. Some topics that will be covered include consent, relationships, and pleasure with an emphasis on consent and how to understand what is consent. Richard goes on to define consent as free of coercion, “enthusiastic, completely freely given” from someone who is sober. When discussing advice on what youth should consider if they are…

Maya Basic Interface Training Workshop

"The energetic youths of the community converged on the said date full of excitement for yet another skills for industry training in Maya. Guess what, it was the 3D Artist Jude Ifesieh a long time volunteer with the Regent Park Youth Media Arts Center on the wheels steering this workshop. At the end of the workshop, youths could now navigate through the Maya 2017 interface with ease, learnt some of the industry standard for low poly models,all that is new in Maya and were all fed to a treat with Pista. What a great way to keep updating your skills.
See you there in our upcoming !!!!"

- Jude

3D Modeling - Interface Training

On Wednesday the 31st of January 2018,we continued our training in Modeling (Interface Training) using Maya 2017 Student version. The following topics were covered extensively with activities by the student :

1.Menu Set
2.Channel box
3.Tool Box
4.Quick Layout Menu
6.Some hot Keys
7.The Extrude tool
8.The X,Y,Z. axis.

Homework was given for the next class,and next week we shall be learning how to set a project in Maya.

- Jude

Divas Girls Group - Sharing the Mic - Team Piece Writing: Part I

Divas Program Session 17:
“Sharing the Mic... Team Piece Writing: Part I”
This week’s Diva’s Program centered on exposing the young ladies to build on their creative foundation, but doing with the help of another person. What stood out to me most was that the whole session had an undercurrent of teamwork and collaboration. Writing can be a solitary activity when gathering thoughts and ideas, but what makes a piece richer and fuller to me is working with another person. Sometimes, the other person may be on the same tangent as you, or on a one but it is the saying of art imitating life. What stood out to me was the Picasso in Pairs game, most of all. I observed and assisted but I also played it. It was something that I remembered vividly because the game itself was a game that forced connections to be built. You had to focus on capturing the person’s face, as you drew but to me, Picasso in Pairs was more about building a sense of trust.
There was a spoken word pie…