On November 9th, 2011 members of the YAC (Shanna, Chase, Maggie and
Keegan) and YLT (Zoey and Michelle) attended the H.Y.P.E (How Young People
Engage) Conference in Saskatoon. The H.Y.P.E conference is an event in
which groups from different school communities come together to promote
social change.  The groups attended a ton of workshops.

The YAC attended a HAMMERED workshop in the morning. This workshop discussed the dangers of Fetal Alcohol Syndrome. It’s terrible to think that it’s such a preventable condition.  Food for thought: the same can be said when you consider how
tobacco affects babies and children.

Michelle attended the Over The Top presentation. It was about the
acceptance of cultural and sexual diversity, the way in which society
views such diversity, and the way in which this view needs to be changed.  It’s been such a hot topic in the news lately, and it affects people all over.  Using tobacco products doesn’t simply lend itself to one type of person, so it will be interesting to see how we can incorporate different kinds of diversity into our campaigns.  We’re going to have to deal with different forms of presentation platforms,
so that we influence the largest portion of the smoking demographic.Ideas anyone?!

Zoey attended a SLAM workshop, about spoken word: “I think
spoken word is a tool that young people use to relate information in a way
that people can remember it. We can make a poem because people are more
likely to retain info spoken with flow, because it is is raw.”

Tena, and everyone else I think, was amazed by the conference.

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