Excited to report that next month I will be introducing the London Oral History Project to the new councillors of the London Youth Advisory Council. My hope is that training and research/interviews will begin this summer.
London Literacy in Action
We are living in a time characterized by a widespread desire to improve -even rescue- our world. Across North America these past five years we have seen an explosion of impactful social movements demanding that our communities revisit and reassess notions of fairness, justice, and inclusion. This summer has seen a dramatic spike in that urgency for constructive action.
In response a new group, London Literacy in Action (LLA), is being formed. This group will be led by Jeremy Marks, a London-based writer and educator and will enjoy the sponsorship of both the London Youth Advisory Council (LYAC) and the London Central Library. This group seeks committed young adults between the ages of 15 and 25 who desire to participate in an ongoing conversation about fairness, justice and tolerance in our city and who are prepared to commit themselves to bi-weekly discussion sessions on Thursday evenings from 7-8:30 p.m. at the Central Library. These sessions will be driven by our close reading of contemporary fiction, literary nonfiction and memoir dedicated to the very issues which are behind the impactful social movements of our time. LLA wants (and needs) young people who are not only prepared to tackle a book every month, but who know the power of story and recognize how literature and memoir can spark the necessary conversations capable of moving our city and our society forward.
London Literary in Action will be more than just a discussion group; it will be a team prepared to interact with diverse communities of race, class, gender, colour, religion and ethnicity in London. LLA will also be a springboard for its members to become active in civic life as we will produce a narrative report of our findings which will be presented to City Council and made available to the community-at-large. In order for our group to succeed we need committed and creative youth-of-conscience.
If you are interested in joining LLA please answer 3 of the following questions. When you have completed the application please return it to Jeremy Marks at firstname.lastname@example.org and include your contact information in the form of either your email or cell number (if you have one). Thank you very much for your interest! If you have any question please do not hesitate to contact me.
Reading list: london_literacy_in_action_book_list
My friend & colleague Adam Fearnall alerted me to these local work opportunities for youth through the wonderful London Youth Advisory Council. Anyone interested should check this out:
Youth Interview Team — http://www.pillarnonprofit.ca/…/london-youth-advisory-counc…
Youth Research Team — http://www.pillarnonprofit.ca/…/london-youth-advisory-counc…