Journey2Hope Youth Chapter was born of Journey to Hope Moose Jaw to offer a youth voice to suicide prevention and awareness work.  Each of Moose Jaw's four High Schools bring representation to the task.  Through multi-media they are working to raise hope.



Journey2Hope Youth Chapter is a branch of Journey to Hope Moose Jaw, currently comprised of students and staff members from Central, Peacock and Riverview Collegiates.  Since our inception, just one year ago, a lot has been happening with our group. Our focus is: “to spread hope”.

We began with an open meeting with all schools where we brainstormed our mission and created action plans.  Josh Burris of J2H created a Logo and we purchased, with thanks to Journey to Hope, t-shirts for the team to give a sense of belonging and ownership.
Our J2H Launch Event happened on May 25th, 2019 at centre court of the Town n Country Mall.  Baking; Bracelet making; Button making and Art Sale were the themes of the day, and amazingly we realized: - $716.05.

Inspired by this event, we approached Moose Jaw Cultural Centre’s Art Gallery and Booked August 1- Sept 14 to display youth and community art with the theme of “Hope is….” in the MJ Museum and Art Gallery. A reception was held on Sept 7 from 1-3.

Next came a Mural project, overseen by Cori Saas of Peacock’s team.  The Mural is in the shape of a butterfly, which is not only a universal symbol of hope, but is also the Journey2Hope Youth Chapter’s logo. The “wing” pieces of the butterfly have been painted by members of our community to represent their quotes and icons of hope. The “body” of the butterfly is the memorial portion of this mural and will carry some of the names of people in our community that have been lost to suicide. Mural pieces were made available to create/write on at the Journey to Hope Event in September.  And then, to encourage contributions, representatives of each Prairie South High School came together to create a video clip to circulate on social media in all schools. With the help of Project 104 Youth, the mural will be  placed in Crescent Park when able to do so.

Prior to Christmas, our Central Collegiate team members created Christmas cards that were sent to Makwa Sahgaiehcan First Nation school after their community experienced three suicides in short succession and had declared a state of crisis. The Central youth sent these cards as a sign of hope for the Makwa Sahgaiehcan community, to offer them support and remind them they are not alone.

As an extension of Journey 2Hope Youth Chapter, Dan Silvester worked with Della in a Career and Work Exploration work placement.  Together they worked for 75 hours over this term, mentoring Dan as a Journey2Hope Youth Coordinator. In this time, Dan received the Most Improved Student award at Peacock for his hard work, and was accepted into the Pre- Social Work Program at U of R.

Journey2Hope Youth Chapter members worked very hard preparing for the Open Mic Night by attending numerous Writer’s Workshops. The Open Mic Night was all about people voicing their hope,  through poetry, short stories, and music. The Open Mic Night featured the Youth Chapter, but we also invited the community to contribute. This event was on February 13th, 7-9pm at Evolve Coffee Roasters, Eatery, Bakery. (203 Main St N)

Our last project was the #J2Hsignsofhope Photo Contest. We looked for submissions of “Hope” photos.  for a chance to win a $25 gift certificate for Evolve Coffee Roasters, Eatery, Bakery.

 

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