Category: After School Programs

Guest Blog by Michael Yang: Community in not a Word-but a Story

Written by Michael Yang UBC Teacher Candidate placed at Byrne Creek for a 3 week Community Field Experience. What does community look like in a school? In my enriching and all-too short 3 weeks at Byrne Creek, I stepped into something that I am still trying to make sense of. I was able to witness

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The Magic of Community Programming

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We are so proud of our students’ leadership successes! They have an article glowing about their deeds in the Burnaby Now! Link to the Burnaby Now article. The magic of community programming is what happens a few years down the line…when kids that once partook in programming are now leading that programming and acting as shining examples of healthy members of a community!

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BASES Thrift Store Gets Good Press

Byrne Creek is very proud to be connected with this social venture initiative.

Take a look at why here.

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The Power of Social Media to Connect

There is much discussion about the negative power of social media, for a host of reasons. I will not argue, because all the negatives are possible. However, I have found that what exists as well, are a host of very positive reasons to engage and utilize social media platforms: for example, social media’s power to connect and build community. One example: A few months ago, I was reading through my Tweets and saw a post from the NFB (The National Film Board) saying something like, “Excited to start our animation workshops in Toronto and Montreal this morning.”

I quickly responded, “We’d love animation workshops in Vancouver too please :)”

And, guess what? The NFB replied, tracked us down and sent a crack team (Ashley and Claudia) from Montreal, to lead a Stop Motion Animation workshop at Byrne Creek for Valentine’s Day. How lucky are we?

As the Community School Coordinator at Byrne Creek, I no longer am a teacher with classes. Luckily one of our fabulous art teachers at Byrne agreed to participate! In Mrs. Mather’s art class Valentine’s Day 2013 a few exemplary NFB works such as Flawed were shown and then in teams the kids got down to work: creating a story board, inventing their claymation characters and beginning to create their animations. Our students used an App developed by the NFB called PixStop (which is free for all to use it) and, within a very fun hour and a half, stop motion animation pieces of their very own where ready to shared with you all. Enjoy!

Our students are more able to flourish, find their spark, find the excitement in learning, with partners like the NFB sharing their resources and expertise with us. Thank you NFB and to social media!

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Byrne Passion

Last year with the help of the Passion Foundation and Loretta Cella, 16 of our Byrne Creek girls participated in the Passion Project leadership training series. As a part of these workshops a final community project or initiative is encouraged. The project is completely developed, created, and completed the youth who participate for their peers. It’s an opportunity for them to showcase their leadership skills, develop new skills, and give back in a lasting way.

This is the video that our Byrne Creek students created over the summer. Check it out here. This video highlights the negative voices girls have about themselves based on outside influences and what its like to Change the Tape.

The girls will continue with this program into the fall as they begin to develop Girl’s Leadership Workshops for our feeder elementary schools.

After School Program Check In: Check It Out And Get Involved!

Hello Byrne Creek Community and friends! How are you all? This is a quick note to outline the After-School Programs, Events and Activities currently under way at Byrne Creek.  If anything sounds interesting to you, come and see Liz McKay or I (Iha Farquhar in the Community Room) and we will get you involved. PROGRAMS

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