LOFT Skills Initiative 2009
Meet the YSI Participants:
LOFT Sound Studio Engineer Mark Bryan
"I started out as a volunteer sound engineer at LOFT Sound Studio while I was studying at Trebas Institute. I enjoy working their because it enabled me to apply the skills and theories I learned from school. Also, from interaction with other people at LOFT, I learn other skills like web design, marketing and promotion in the music industry."
LOFT Visual Artist Logan Miller
Logan is a talented painter and illustrator that is using his skills as a visual artist to produce work affiliated with LOFT Programs (Graffiti Arts, ARTERY and LOFT Music). Working closely with other LOFT Artists Javid and Viviana, Logan has been instrumental in pushing our lastest program, LIVE @ the LOFT, which features the production of live music and art simultanesouly inside CONC.
CONC Drop-In Volunteer Coordinator Widny Remy
"Hi my name is Widny Remy. I've started here at the LOFT as a volunteer over a year ago, and now I'm working for the Drop-In as a Volunteer Coordinator. Here I help out in the kitchen, deligate task to the volunteers. That's it for now.The main reason why I'm doing this program is to gain work experience, and I think it has really worked well so far. I've learned a lot, like how to deal with different types of people, and this is very good experience that I know that will help me in the future. Also, the workshops on Fridays are very helpful and the things that I've learned so far, I can take anywhere with me."
NOOK Program Assistant Hannah Fogel
NOOK Program Assistant Hannah Fogel is a talented vocalist, aspiring to fuse her musical passion with her carrer prospect of social working. She is currently employed at the Nook, working closley with other Nook staff members and voulenteers to help foster a safe, productive and enjoyable environment for at risk children in the community, age 6-13. Her focus is on creating performance oppertunities and musical outlets for the kids, particularly introducing them to the LOFT Music studio culture. Hannah is writing and assembling a 'NookBeats' CD, to be completed by the end of March, and has embarked on a direcorial role in the annual Nook Musical Production, this year entitled "Ballooning Belonging".
"YSI has given me the hands on experience I need to make a confident decision of what career path I wish to embark on. The weekly workshops have helped me formulate a professional direction, and have given me the resources to set reasonable academic goals for myself."
NOOK Special Event Co-ordinator Michael Dineen
Michael Dineen is an event and fundraising specialist who works hand-in-hand with the Nook to plan strategies and design events for various programs and/or special field trips for the Nook kids. His last event (a short film festival featuring a selection of movies from the National Film Board of Canada) was a huge success, and Michael is already in the process of planning a future community potluck, a chili cook-off & comedy night, and a 'Youth Dance Event' fundraiser that brings together art, activism, music and dance within the Urban Playground movement. All of his efforts are in the hopes to raise the average fundraising income percentage by over 9000.
"The YSI (Youth Skills Initiative) program has allowed me to work a regular 9-5, while still expanding my horizons. With the various employment workshops we have once a week, I've been able to narrow down what I'm looking for with regards to employment, and taught me how to go about getting the most out of whatever career path I choose for the future."