From teaching dance in phys-ed classes, to battling bullying, to witnessing the potential trauma of risky drinking and drug abuse, members of the Youth Revolution wrapped up 2012 in a flurry of activity.
Within the span of four days in late November, members from several schools participated in a host of activities.
On Nov. 26, Y-R youth helped enrich a Grade 8 physical education class at Meadows School by showing them how to dance the merengue, a lively Latin American dance.
The following two days, Youth Revolution co-ordinators from Betty Gibson School, Valleyview School, George Fitton School and Earl Oxford School received training from the Canadian Red Cross on ways to reinforce positive relationships in schools. They also learned about the Red Cross’s anti-bullying program called "Beyond the Hurt".
"Having the partnership with the Canadian Red Cross has being very enriching for our schools in the Brandon School Division," said Angela McGuire-Holder, the Y-R co-ordinator and school counsellor at Earl Oxford.
That same week, the Youth Revolution received the youth project of the year award from the Brandon Neighbourhood Renewal Corporation award for implementing the Better High Parent Forum on Oct. 17.
Y-R representatives from Earl Oxford received this award on behalf of all groups in the Brandon School Division.
"The students were wonderful ambassadors for the Youth Revolution and the adults loved them," McGuire-Holder said.
Meanwhile, students from Crocus Plains Regional Secondary School, Neelin High School and Vincent Massey High School participated in the P.A.R.T.Y. program at the Brandon Regional Health Centre.
Under this program, students get to witness medical teams working on mock-accident victims in treatment, surgery and rehabilitation following substance-abuse incidents. The goal is to prevent risky behaviour involving liquor and drugs, and the tragedy that can result.
The Youth Revolution partnered up with Teenagers Against Drunk Driving, Brandon University, the Brain Injury Unit, the Brandon Police Service, and Prairie Mountain Health to implement this project.
Finally, on Nov. 28-29, Lili Jardine, head co-ordinator for the Brandon Community Drug and Alcohol Education Coalition and the Youth Revolution attended the "Healthy Together Now" conference in Winnipeg with the co-chair of Healthy Brandon.
Their goal was to learn about different projects that have been implemented successfully in Manitoba that reduce chronic diseases and increase physical and mental health.
These findings will be used to enrich the Youth Revolution program and the projects implemented with Healthy Brandon.
For more information about the Youth Revolution, the endeavors of the Brandon Community Drug and Alcohol Education Coalition, and the list of Youth Revolution partners and sponsors, please visit the website: http://daeducation.wordpress.com.