SPEC CONNECTIONS


We are here to teach & engage youth!

SPEC CONNECTIONS is programming designed for youth in Grades 7 – 12.


Connections, Newell Youth Action Network (NYAN) is a new SPEC program that is youth led, providing youth with opportunity to initiate change, and to learn the processes involved in building a social network for the Newell Region. The NYAN Regional Advisory Council is made up of representatives from the 7 area councils within different communities around the region.


YOUTH 12-18 yrs

REACHING GOALS



FREE & FUN ACTIVITIES

VOLUNTEERING



SKILL BUILDING

COMMUNITY COLLABORATION



PROGRAM HISTORY

Grasslands Regional FCSS conducted the 2016 Youth Community Action Plan (YCAP) Survey, 900 youth in grades 7-9 participated providing of information about issues they face, the activities they currently participate in, and what they would like to be able to do more of. Once the results of the survey were presented to youth and other community stakeholders at a forum hosted by Grasslands Regional FCSS the participants worked on establishing next steps and potential activities that would assist the youth in reaching their chosen goals. Grasslands FCSS hired a Youth Coordinator to help facilitate the youth in coming together to plan activities in their communities. As the NYAN Youth Councils began to take shape Grasslands Regional FCSS Board of Directors felt that it was time to pass along the NYAN program to a local agency that had a history or strong youth programs and chose SPEC Connections as the new home for NYAN.

NYAN has been and will continue to plan and host activities all over the Newell Region. These activities are for youth Grades 7-12 and are sometimes broken down into Junior and/or Senior High. These activities are for all youth of those ages and you don’t have to be on the council to take part!

YOUTH COUNCILS

  • NYAN Regional Council
  • NYAN Bassano Council
  • NYAN Brooks Council
  • NYAN Duchess Council
  • NYAN Rosemary Council
  • NYAN Rolling Hills Council
  • NYAN Tilley Council
  • NYAN Rainier/Scandia Council


Currently the Councils have been working on:

ACTIVITIES

Collaborative team building- working together to pool resources, share ideas and come up with activities that the youth of the region can all enjoy. Some of the activities:

  • Youth Nights in various communities (Games, Bouncers, food, drink and music some even enjoyed a little Karaoke!)
  • Art Sessions
  • Paintball
  • Much Music Video Dance
  • Campfire Social

VOLUNTEERING/SERVICE LEARNING

We welcome idea’s and partnerships with other organizations. We have Helped organize games for younger children, assisted with clean up at events, Drawn Chalk Super Hero’s around a crosswalk that was under recognized by motorists, Stuffed bags for Southern Alberta Summer Games Athletes.

LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES

As the councils go through the process of organizing activities and events they can learn about existing community and regional resources and how to research to reach their goals.


October 2017

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  • Cadet Night
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  • Brooks Public Library Youth Advisory
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  • Duchess Youth Activities Meeting NYAN
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  • Brooks Public Library Youth Night Activity
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  • Cadet Night
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  • Cadet Night
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  • Makerspace Meeting
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  • NYAN Regional Meeting
  • Cadet Night
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  • Brooks NYAN Meeting
  • Duchess NYAN Meeting
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  • YOUTH NIGHT JBS Canada Center
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  • Cadet Night

CONNECT WITH THE NEWELL YOUTH ACTION NETWORK!


FACEBOOK GROUP

@newellyouthactionnetwork

INSTAGRAM

@newellyouthactionnetwork

SNAPCHAT

newellyouthact


SPEC CONNECTIONS FUNDED BY

*  In addition, your charitable donations/investments help us to maintain and enhance Connections programs that support youth. Your donations directly support program operations.