Join the Grade 12 EOS youth on May 29th at 7pm, for their presentation on their recent trip to Guatemala where they participated in a ‘voluntourism’ project that is providing homes for orphaned children, in partnership with Project Somos.
The presentation will take place at the SelfDesign High Commons on 402 Victoria St. in Nelson, BC.
In planning for their graduation, the Grade 12 class decided to do something meaningful and innovative for their graduation this year, rather than continue with the typical traditions. The group decided to plan two social justice trips, one regional and one international. They are excited to invite the community to an evening of sharing stories and food, where they will present a slideshow and more!
Get a peek into their travels here:
EOS is an integrated and interdisciplinary program for learners in grades 10, 11 and 12, available online to all High School aged youth across British Columbia and at the SelfDesign Learning Centre in Nelson.
SelfDesign High offers summer programs that earn credit while exploring passions and life changing adventures!
At SelfDesign High we have many exciting intensives and camps at different locations in BC and abroad. Whether you want to do something just for fun, or if you also want to earn a few high school credits while enjoying summer activities, we have something for you.
SelfDesign High summer programs kick off on July 2nd with the Summer Visual Arts Intensive in collaboration with the Oxygen Arts Centre, now in it’s 4th year! This is a month-long intensive for youth who are passionate about making art and sharing their work with the community through an exhibition that the youth co-curate with their mentor!
Then the Zero Waste Youth Camp and Senior Directors Seat kick off on July 8th
The Zero Waste Youth Camp, created by Earth Matters, offers youth the opportunity to look at environmentalism through the lens of the zero waste movement, leading to hands on work in the community using reclaimed tents from the Shambalah Music Festival to upcycle into bags!
At Senior Directors Seat, presented by Watershed Productions, participants pitch, script, direct, and produce their own short films using professional camera and sound gear, and then edit their film to show the world!
For youth who want to go a little farther with their summer adventure, Seeding the Future is a course offered in Bimini, Bahamas by SelfDesign Institute graduate, Tracey Huguley. This is a hands- on workshop, focused around building a self-renewing learning community of teens that learn about marine science (dolphins and sharks), agriculture (small space gardening), and economy of place (examining resources we use in our daily lives).
On another ocean, farther north, Surpass summer camp commences near Gibsons on the Sunshine Coast on July 21st. Surpass is an exciting program filled with fun and learning activities and the opportunity to make meaningful connections with other youth. Now in it’s fourth year, Surpass takes place at Camp Byng, in the heart of the great outdoors of the Sunshine Coast.
Then from Aug 14th-Sept 6th, back in the Kootenays, SelfDesign High partners with Kootenay Co-op Radio to offer the Telling Stories in Sound: Radio Production Summer Intensive, where youth explore the tools and techniques used to tell compelling stories on the radio and create their own radio shows.
Finally the YA! Experience concludes summer with an 11 day Kootenay mountain adventure based at the Tipi Camp on Kootenay Lake described as an experience of self discovery that nurtures appreciation, gratitude, compassion, where young adults have the time to discover who they really are, what their gifts and talents are, and what they really care about.
For more information and to register visit us at www.selfdesignhigh.org/summer
Summer Visual Arts Intensive with Oxygen Art Centre
For youth ages 14-18
Senior Director’s Seat with Watershed Productions
July 8 -19
For youth ages 14-18
Zero Waste Youth Camp with Earth Matters
July 8 – Aug 14
For youth ages 14-18
Seeding the Future
For youth ages 14-18
July 14th – July 20th OR July 21st – July 28th
July 21 – 28
For youth ages 13-17
Introduction to Community Radio Production with Kootenay Co-op Radio
For youth ages 14-18
August 19 – August 29
For Youth 17-21 years of age
Youth aged between 14 – 17 years old have created this forum theatre production based on their own experiences and invite the audience to be a part of the play and community dialogue about issues they have faced. This Saturday’s performance will focus on family violence, homophobia, and sexual assault of teens.
A past GAP performer recently shared “With GAP, I have changed in great ways. I look at my world in a new way. I try to keep my eyes and mind open to new or powerful things and people.”
Admission is $10 for adults, free for youth, doors open at 6:30pm.
You may have noticed much bustle and activity around fundraising this winter and spring from youth at SelfDesign High. From bottle drives to vintage bingos to a mushroom talk and even a masquerade ball, youth have been ‘fun-raising’ and grant-writing with creativity and vigour to support their peace and social justice trips taking place this spring.
The Grade 12 class decided to do something meaningful and innovative for their graduation this year, involving travel and social justice. They are currently in Guatemala participating in a ‘voluntourism’ project that is providing homes for orphaned children, in partnership with Project Somos. Follow their travels here! Then in May, the group plans to travel to the Great Bear Rainforest on the BC coast to explore the beautiful place that faces threats from the proposed Northern Gateway Pipeline development.
Simultaneously, the grade 10s and 11s have been fundraising for an exchange program with students from Québec, through an organization called SEVEC that connects communities in Canada to help youth “strengthen their second language, develop cultural awareness, break down social barriers and improve self-confidence.” The Québec group of 20 youth and two adults arrive this April to experience Kootenay culture with a rich itinerary created by the youth and Mentors. Then the SelfDesign High group will travel to Saint-Michel-de-Bellechasse on the south shore of Québec city.
EOS is an integrated and interdisciplinary program for learners in grade 10, 11 and 12, available at the SelfDesign Learning Centre in Nelson and online to all High School aged youth across British Columbia. Dissolving the walls that traditionally separate courses we discover the interconnections that live between disciplines, thoughts, systems and things. EOS youth and mentors approach learning through hands on exploration, lively presentations, discussions and projects in their own lives: at home, in their community and out into the world. Learn more: http://www.selfdesignhigh.org/eosinterdisciplinaryprogram.html
Amid all the controversy surrounding keeping bees in Nelson, Erica Konrad, a local artist is dependent on bees, not for honey, but for beeswax for artwork. Encaustic, coming from the Greek word ‘encaustikos’ meaning ‘to burn in,’ is an ancient method dating back to 4th century B.C.. The procedure of applying molten wax to various surfaces is perhaps best known from the Fayum funeral portraits painted in the 1st and 2nd centuries A.D. which can still be seen today in London and Cairo. The longevity speaks to the incredible durability of this art medium, mainly the beeswax being impervious to moisture resulting in a long life span. The technique was lost for hundreds of years, but re-discovered in the 18th century but had not made a real resurgence until the 20th century with painters like Diego Rivera, Karl Zerbe, and Jasper Johns using it in their practice. Encaustic which is now increasingly popular as a medium, is a mixture of beeswax and damar resin (sap from a tree) which is mixed together to make medium, then colour is added to make encaustic paint. This is used in a molten state (heated), and then fused with a heat gun or torch into a continuous layer and fixed to a rigid absorbent support, usually wood.
Erica Konrad, a Nelson based artist, uses encaustic as a medium in her artwork and shared her knowledge, through a workshop with students from SelfDesign High. The free workshop was made possible from a grant she has received from the Columbia Basin Trust and the Columbia Kootenay Cultural Alliance. Through this grant, Konrad has been working on a body of work, titled “The Waggle Dance,” related to the dance bees do to communicate vital information – the metaphor representing our maintenance of community through the action (flow and preservation) of this symbolically rich material. She hosted a wonderful workshop where the SelfDesign youth learned the process of encaustic. Erica encouraged their expression of community through the use of wax medium.
The artwork is mounted on panels displayed at SelfDesign High on the 2nd floor of the Legion building, at 402 Victoria St., Nelson, BC. Come and enjoy!
Kootenay Society for Lifelong Learning is hosting an event of entertainment: song, music, story and spoken word, in support of local youth and SelfDesign High peace projects.
Ceilieh (kay-lee) a gathering of friends who share music, story, song and refreshments.
This event will take place this Saturday, March 30 at 7:30 pm – 11:30 pm at the SDH Commons at the Legion.
This is an all ages event.
SelfDesign High is graduating our very first group of youth from our EOS program this year. Rather than a more typical graduation, this group has been dedicated to a graduation with a difference. They have been preparing, researching, and planning for months, with some new and innovative fundraising approaches.
Imagine you are in grade 12 and you are not picking your grad dress, or worried who your date is going to be for the big dance … Imagine that you are researching and planning projects that matter to you and that you are fundraising in ways that are creative, fun and community building. Imagine that you are celebrating by volunteering while exploring another culture and landscape, and by taking action on something that matters deeply to you.
Welcome to EOS 12 graduating group.
Here is what we are doing for our graduation…
In April, we will travel to Guatemala to help paint, build and support the ongoing creation of a Children’s Village with Project Somos. In May we will visit and film the Great Bear Rainforest – we want to go and see it first hand, so that we can honestly tell the story of why this threatend natural treasure is so important to us.
How will we finance our graduation?
We are fundraising through community events such as a Winter Garage Sale, Family Bingos and a Masquerade Ball. We have already organized and run the Fair Trade for Peace Market and are presently launching another social finance business: EOS Essential Oils (more information to be announced soon!). All of these efforts are great fun and building community while helping us toward reaching our goals – and we need your support.