BoredYouthSault demonstration has high hopes

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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.

Respectfully,

@boredyouthsault

[email protected]

6 COMMENTS

  1. PS- I wish the organizers had held the even at 6 o clock, I would have been there, and so would many more have. School is still in, people work…. 9am on a Monday is not a great time. I don’t think it should reflect the turn out or how many want to be involved.

  2. Lets us not put all youth in one boat here. I grew up privileged, did you? I had it made. I moved out of town to work before I was 20, and when I came back over a decade later I bought a cheap house in Jamestown. Guess what I watched while in that house? The difference. The difference between how I grew up and how the kids in that neighborhood were growing up. It made me realize how very privileged I was growing up, it also made me realize I had no idea kids had it so hard. Why would I? I was out at our camp all summer, or swimming in our pool with friends, living the sheltered nice life. The kids in Jamestown, they had never ever played a game of street hockey and a friend went out to show them how. They didn’t know how to play!?!!! They didn’t know to throw all the sticks in to pick teams. They didn’t know to yell ‘car’ when one came. They had never played a game of STREET HOCKEY IN THE SOO!??? I was astounded…and appalled. It isn’t the kids fault nobody took time to play with them outside in winter. Bottom line, not all kids have a stable home, not all kids have it good, but ALL KIDS NEED A SAFE PLACE to go like they used to have. This city needs a clean, safe teen centre. Simple as that.

  3. A youth centre is a great idea but this council is too set on cutting services which include fire services, daycare, privatizing road maintenance and soon cutting back on police services. Do you really think that they are going to spend money on the future of this city. The youth are exactly that and they have blinders on. Let the youth rob corner stores, break and enter homes and businesses, and paint all the walls they want. You will never see a youth centre in this city as long as this council stays as is.

  4. They don’t need a youth centre. They need good parenting, good friends, fresh air and a swift kick in the pants when they fall out of line. This is not a money or lack of money problem. This is being present in your child’s upbringing.

  5. Wow, huge turn out. This speaks volumes as to who agrees with you.
    You are bored because you have no ambition.
    It’s pretty obvious why.
    Quit whining and make your own opportunities, there is plenty to do.
    You’d swear you were isolated 1000 miles from the nearest city.
    You sure have it rough.

  6. And as i read this load of crap I can look out my window at the porta john on its side in Rosedale park…Maybe they should load up a bunch of these “bored” youths and have them set it back up and clean it…..Oh, wait, that would be work… Can’t do that, might hurt someones feelings…..

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