This summer, as part of the Arts in the Park series, teens shared their many talents. They set up stage at City Hall and performed on the great lawn to peers, friends and strangers that came to see the show. Performances included spoken word, acoustic guitar music, mini plays, a vocal performance and a band. We had a great turn out and Redmond teens shared their great artistic talents with all who were in attendance.
“We have some great talent here in Redmond. Teens are very skilled and it showed tonight at the show.” says Ken Wong, Teen Programs Coordinator, who helped coordinate the line up. Redmond has a wealth of talent and it was shared this summer with the support of the City of Redmond’s Arts Commission.
Resource Days at the Teen Center
It all began last fall with extended hours at the teen center. More hours means more structured program offerings, things teens have requested. From a rock drumming class to college essay writing, the teen center opened its doors to more structured programming to better meet the needs of teens in Redmond.
“Our community is dedicated to supporting youth during the transition to adulthood, and Resource Days provides extracurricular learning opportunities to create well rounded Redmond citizens.” says Rana Shmait, Assistant Program Coordinator. Parents have commented that they appreciate having these free or inexpensive classes at the teen center. Teens who have taken a class have commented that, “I really enjoyed it, it was worth my time, and I learned a lot.”
A few of this falls offerings include How can I make money without working fast food, Drumming 101, Auto 101 for young women, Resume/cover letter writing and many more. So don’t miss out on all the programs offered this year.
“Resource Days provide young people with educational and life skills that can help them prepare for their future.” says Chris Cullen, Program Coordinator.
Are you a teen in junior high or high school? Do you an adult living in Redmond who cares about youth? Do you feel that you can help create a great place for youth here in Redmond?
If you answered YES and are a youth or adult in Redmond, then you need to join the Redmond Youth Partnership Advisory Committee (RYPAC) – a voice for youth in Redmond. For the past five years, RYPAC has been supporting youth initiated programs and activities and giving teens a voice in what they want in their community. RYPAC has initiated park clean ups, tent city feeds, benefit concerts to collect food for Hopelink and fun activities like the summer movie series.
RYPAC is a youth leadership program that offers opportunities for youth and adults to come together and be the voice for young people in Redmond. Adults work side by side with teens to develop and participate in programs and activities they create.
This year’s executive team is Michelle Solomon, youth chair; Jesse Ewing-Frable, Secretary; Minna Stelzner, Voice Chair; Tony Le, Recreation Chair and Sabrina Hsieh, Service Chair.
“I have so many ideas that I see RYPAC doing in 2009-2010 and by being part of the team for my final senior year, we will plan so many events and be involved so much more than ever before,” says Michelle Solomon, Youth Chair. “It was really exciting to see so many youth be part of RYPAC this past year and I cannot wait to start recruiting again in September so we can have an even better year.”
Sabrina Hsieh, Service Chair added “I love RYPAC. I love the people I've met through the program, I love the events we plan and pretty much everything else about it, so it stands to reason that I would want to do my utmost to help maintain RYPAC's standard of work, and possibly improve it.”
The officers and other board members will be out recruiting new board members for the 2009-10 school year soon. So if you are interesting in joining RYPAC or want to know more about the group email email@example.com or call Nancy Chang at 425-556-2358. Be a part of the change, join RYPAC!