Brenton Ellis (pictured) was one of about a dozen that showed up to today’s BoredYouthSault demonstration in front of the courthouse at 9 a.m.
Their message: the Sault needs a youth centre.
Amanda Jabbour, one of the leaders in the group says today is meant “to create a gathering where we talk about youth engagement in Sault Ste. Marie and create ways that we can get youth engagement in Sault Ste. Marie.”
She was quite vigilant that today’s demonstration “does not support illegal activities. We stand in solidarity with the Bored message…but with every good there’s bad and with every bad there’s good.”
The need for a youth centre is because “it takes a village to raise a child,” she says. “If you look at indigenous communities, they raise each other. We haven’t had a youth centre in a long time.”
This is the open letter to city council that they are getting people to sign today:
An open letter to the attention of:
City of Sault Ste. Marie
Mayor and City Council
99 Foster Drive
Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario P6A 5X6
We are @boredyouthsault. We are an anonymous group of youth who support the “BORED” message. We encourage: 1) citizen communication, 2) to form concrete goals, 3) to mobilize for action, 4) to work together to transform barriers faced by youth living in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario. We do NOT support vandalism of private or public property. We have used “BORED” art as a catalyst for change.
Collectively @boredyouthsault believes:
- The majority of youth (ages 9-24) living in the City of Sault Ste. Marie do not feel engaged; civically, politically, economically or socially.
- Youth disengagement is a re-occurring theme throughout several decades in the City of Sault Ste. Marie.
- Citizens and authorities must work together to find innovative and cost effective ways to better the quality of life for youth living in the City of Sault Ste. Marie.
If these points are addressed we believe:
- Youth will have the opportunity to engage civically, politically, economically and socially, in ways that are accessible to them.
- Youth values naturally will be integrated into civic, political, economic and social decision making in the City of Sault Ste. Marie.
- Citizens and authorities, together, will improve the quality of life for people living in the City of Sault Ste. Marie; including but not limited to themes of culture, education, crime rates, economy, poverty and housing.
Thank you for your consideration of the above points.