RYPAC Leaders for 2010-11 are Jesse Ewing-Frable, Youth Chair; Filip Pankovcin, Secretary; Alessandro Leporace, Service Chair; Deesha Tank, Voice Chair and Tony Le, Recreation Chair.
Redmond Youth Partnership Advisory Committee (RYPAC) has a new leadership team this year and is ready for an exciting and work filled year. This past year RYPAC offered over 1000 hours of community service to teens in Redmond that ranged from park cleanups and homeless feeds to working with elementary students.
If you are in grades 7 through 12 and are a Redmond resident or go to school in Redmond, you can be a part of RYPAC. RYPAC offers a voice to young people in Redmond to have a say in what their issues, challenges and opportunities are. They help to plan and execute programs for teens that support service, life long learning and fun.
“I ran for the Youth Chair position this year because I am full of new ideas and I wanted to become more heavily involved with RYPAC,” commented Jesse Ewing-Frable. “During my term I want to learn more about what my strengths and weaknesses are as a leader. I would like to take what I’ve learned and make my leadership skills stronger by checking up with the Exec Team to get feedback. I think hearing other people's views on how I am dong will help me to improve.”
Voice Chair Deesha Tank commented, “I decided to run for office because I really love everything we get to do in RYPAC and I want to be on the Exec Team to build my leadership skills. I hope to learn a lot of things thinking outside the box and learning how we can help not only Redmond but the people in it.”
To get involved, attend one of the meetings the first and third Thursdays of the month from 6:30 to 8:30 pm at the Old Redmond School House Community Center, 16600 NE 80th St or contact RYPAC@redmond.gov.
The Old Fire House Teen Center media lab is upgrading! Come and check us out and see what we have to offer. If you have a band that needs a demo recorded, a singer who needs a recording for school or just a bunch of friends who want to share your musical moment, the media lab has what you need.
For more information or to set up a recording session contact Dylan at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Old Fire House Teen Center holds a girls group on Saturday afternoons from 3 to 4pm. The objective of the group is to create a safe place for teen girls to share and reflect on issues and challenges they face and gain support from the group. This is not a therapy group but a support system that helps teen girls have a voice. They learn and practice skills that will help them be successful women.
Rana Shmait leads the group at the teen center and has seen the value of having young women support each other.
Lauren: “Since the first meeting I knew this is going to be a fun club! It’s great to have so many new experiences and get closer with girls you maybe wouldn’t have in the first place. It’s going to open so many doors”’
Jenny: “It feels really welcoming and we have a lot of fun. I’m very excited to get to know all these girls better!”
Leila: “I love Girl's Group because it's a chance to relax and reflect on life as a woman in 2010, plus you get to hang out with fun ladies for a couple hours! Making crafts and eating snacks while addressing current and important issues in the gender world is the perfect way to spend a Saturday afternoon.”