The Body Talk program is for YOUth by YOUth! This opportunity allows YOUth to move beyond formal study and to develop skills required to successfully work, innovate and create in the wider world.
These skills include:
Life Skills: organize, collaborate, trouble shoot, problem solve, interpersonal communication, respect, leadership, teamwork, community engagement, listening skills, public speaking, work in a co-operative environment
Production: creation, design, graphic design, social media, marketing, Experience with budgeting, logistics, publicity, how to hold a meeting, how to make decisions, delegation, directing and many more skills
CRU member participation gives YOUth job references, resume building experiences, an honorarium, graduation credit and letters of recommendation for education and/or employment positions as appropriate.
This annual program has provided mentorship for our youth to create work and present a week long workshop and a performance during Spring Break. This age group is particularly vulnerable as youth grow out of childhood and into adulthood and we hope to provide them with encouragement in the exploration of their talents and pursuit of their dreams while providing an opportunity for them to become aware of the network of support that surrounds them.
Dance provides: moments of transcendence, opportunities for transformation, a place for beauty, grace and positive energy in our world, our cities. Dr. Clyde Hertzman, UBC, measured five domains for youth living in poverty in the Nanaimo/Ladysmith area: 1.) physical health & well-being, 2.) social competence, 3.) emotional maturity, 4.) language & cognitive development, 5.) communication skills & general knowledge. His findings showed that Nanaimo's children showed high vulnerability across all five domains, and those vulnerabilities have increased over the last three years.
Studies show that participation in the arts increases overall health of participants, fosters resilience through self-esteem, strengthens support networks and provides an opportunity for positive engagement in a purposeful activity. Of the twelve determinants of Health released by Health Canada, seven are positively affected by taking part in an arts activity.
We have observed that an indicator of success is reflected when youth maintain contact after programs end or after their involvement in them. We look forward to Nanaimo's youth becoming active in their communities to the fullness of their capacity.