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YouthWrite, a non-profit children’s organization, is hosting writing camps July 3-15 in Edmonton and Calgary for people ages 8-19.
The nonprofit “offers residential and day camp(s) that address and promote 21st century multiple literacies (with) a multidisciplinary approach to writing and creating,” explains the website. ‘organization.
With a focus on diversity and inclusiveness, YouthWrite reaches out to those “on the margins, whether because of their race, gender, sexual orientation, religion or financial circumstances.” .
The organization boasts of the “superbly talented and acclaimed instructors who represent the many facets of performing, visual, musical, dance, film and writing arts” that it invites to instruct campers.
Joining the organization in 2020, Yemariam Abebayehu participated in the youth camp before becoming a communication assistant at YouthWrite.
“The name of the camp suggests it’s all about writing, but there are opportunities to take acting classes, songwriting and (various) art classes,” she said. declared.
As a camper, Abebayehu attended three camps, one in winter and two in summer.
“I was introduced to YouthWrite by a former camper.”
Abebayehu joined the YouthWrite camp hoping the experience would give him a chance to sharpen his writing skills and meet new people who shared his passions.
“(YouthWrite) helped me hone my writing skills and helped me feel more passionate about my writing.”
The organization invites instructors from diverse backgrounds, artistic and individual, to provide a broad perspective of learning material with many artistic mediums available for young people to explore.
“A big takeaway for many campers is that they really appreciate the opportunity to get out of their comfort zone,” Abebayehu said.
Using multiple learning styles in its camps, YouthWrite includes “linguistic, musical, body-kinesthetic, spatial and visual, naturalistic, interpersonal and intrapersonal intelligences” in its programs.
The YouthWrite experience isn’t just about the writing or the classes or what you’ll learn, she noted.
“It’s definitely an important component of the camp. But the things you learn will contribute to unexpected personal growth,” Abebayehu said.
“I see YouthWrite as a second home because it’s so easy to find people there that you can call family.”