My Summer at CNYC – Nina Salles

My time as a summer student at CNYC was a blast. It was just Marcel, Ace, Amanda, and I for the first week or so; I got to learn about their roles and how they work with youth. I also got used to their crazy sense of humour. The fun started as soon as the youth began showing up to the programming. It never felt like any of us staff were above the youth. We were all on the same level, learning something new and having fun together.

Marcel, Ace, and Amanda are excellent at encouraging the youth to try out all the activities. They make them feel welcome and safe with their sense of humour. They make everything light. I can’t think of better people to be around youth. The environment created was fun, and it always felt like we were just a group of friends.

My life was filled with dance and school before CNYC, and I never had many chances to try new activities. I was able to try things through the summer programming that I would not have had the chance to try otherwise. I can be an anxious person when it comes to trying new things, but I never felt scared or judged at CNYC. I know the youth felt the same.

The only thing I wish there was more of, were youth. Only a few youths regularly came. I hope that next summer a larger group will regularly come to the programming. There were so many great opportunities for fun and learning, and I hope that more youth will be able to take part in them.

WOTS – Video Games by Alicia Vogelgesang


My favorite video game is ROBLOX because I’ve been playing it since 2014, you can play with people all around the world and it’s like multiple games inside of one.


Alicia: What is your favorite video game? And why and what device do you play on?

Currently the only device I play is WII, I still play old school games like Mario Kart or Mario Party.

Alicia: why? Jason: I enjoy racing, cause I am good at it. It is a simple game, I’m not really big on role playing games or like crazy first-person perspectives and learning crazy skills.



Alicia: What is your favorite video game? And why and what device do you play it on?

Ashley: My favorite video game is Super Mario World because I’ve been playing it since I was a little kid and I still love it to this day, and it’s a lot of fun super addicting once you get into it and I play that on an NES.


Alicia: What is your favorite video game and why?

Jeremiah: I like to play Socom, It’s about U.S Navy Seals, which is the United States’ finest military regiment.

Alicia: what device do you play it on? Jeremiah: PS2.


What is your favorite video game? And why and what device do you play it on?

Matt: Forza Horizon 4 and Xbox One X.


Alicia: What is your favorite video game and why? And what device do you play it on?

Jordan: My favorite game is Mario Party because I can play with my family and my friends at home. I play it on a Nintendo Switch.


Alicia: What is your favorite video game and why? And what device do you play it on?

Mya: Call of Duty: Modern Warfare and I play it on Xbox.


What Is your New Year’s Resolution? Do you plan to keep it? How? by Aubrie Grasby

My new year’s resolution is to graduate high school and to figure out what class i would like to take in university. I would also like to find a new job. I plan to keep my new years resolution by staying determined and focused on my goals. – Aubrie Grasby

My new year’s resolution is to finish high school so I can start my university class. I would also like to go to the gym more often. I plan to keep my resolution by controlling how much i go out. – Kiera (see photo above)


No i did not make a resolution. LoL – Jessica


Yes , my new year’s resolution is to not spend any more money on video games. I will keep this resolution because i am broke – Alicia


My new year’s resolution is to shower more , brush my teeth more and work more. How i plan on doing this is by making them my priority and stop procrastinating and actually do them. – Gage


My new year’s resolution is to attend more open mic nights and to get better at stand up comedy. I plan to keep this by making more time to go to open mic nights and to practice my jokes more.

  • Brayden


WOTS “What is your favorite part of Christmas” and “What are you doing for the holidays!”. – Raine Littlepoplar-Williams

CNYC’s  Word on the Street – Raine Littlepoplar-Williams

Hi, my name is Raine, and I decided to ask the questions “ What is your favorite part of Christmas” and “What are you doing for the holidays!”.

Me personally, I love the nostalgia and the wholesome memories I make every year. The cheap traditions my dad tries to force on us and fail and making a big mess with wrapping paper on Christmas Eve! This year for the holidays my best friend and I are traveling out to Regina to see our other friend who moved there this year.

Seth, Jeremiah & Gage


“I’m probably going to go sledding and just play games with my friends. “


“I play games, I’m probably gonna spend time with my friend.”


“being with family and friends, probably going to go to my aunties place and have Christmas dinner.”


“My favorite thing about Christmas is that every Christmas eve, I have this really big family, extended family, and everyone gets together all my aunts all my uncles, come up to like 50, 60 people. We all gather in one house and we have this big potluck. A bunch of Filipino food and turkey, and mashed potatoes. Some of the best memories I’ve had was staying up till midnight, on every Christmas eve with my family and than all the kids would get their presents and like the aunts and the uncles. Some of us would stay after everyone left and we’d play video games all night, and yeah, then you’d go home tired, fall asleep, wake up the next day, and Christmas was there.”

“My plans for the holiday, you know, hang out with family, eat a lot of food. Really just going to try enjoy the people I’m with and take some time off for myself.”

Wolfgang (my little brother)

“The time that you get to spend with your family, And I like that I get a break from school. I’m probably not going to do something productive.”

(just because, I asked him twice, enjoy)

“My favorite thing about the holidays, is that I get a break, and on Christmas, the time you spend with your family, and the Lord and Savoir Jesus himself, Gods only son who was sent down upon us humans. He was lifted on the cross, and he was crucified for our sins.”


“I really like getting presents, I also love baking and cooking, seeing my family together, like we’re not fighting. I wanted to save up money to see my dad this Holiday break.”


“I am Terri, my favorite part of the holidays is eating food, and I’m not doing much for the holidays, thank you Sir.”



CNYC & why it’s a great place to learn and grow! Written by: Vernon Kiseyinewakup

I have been attending CNYC (City Core Neighborhood Youth Coop) for 3 to 4 years since 2015. I went to main school prior to my arrival to CNYC after struggling to stay in class and t hat is when I discovered CNYC. I have learned an extreme amount after becoming a Youth and have met such amazing and kind people, I also attended some of their classes that other Youth go to although I much preferred to work in their Wood Shop where I learned how to construct items such as picture frames, stools, benches, fences, drums, bedside lamps, cabinets, yoga blocks, etc. I spent most of my time in the Wood Shop where my mentor and close friend Mike Fulop taught me everything he knows and took me on various outings to help our community, via doing yard work, repairing fences, installing new windows, doors, and dropping items built in the shop off to people who had paid for them. I enjoyed working and was more than happy to help around The Core and participated in as much programming as possible. The Youth and Staff are always so friendly and outgoing I have grown to love attending CNYC every day I just can’t seem to get enough of the place and adore sharing laughs with my fellow Youth and Staff and going on field trips with them. If anyone were to ask me about CNYC and tell me that they are thinking of attending there I’d say: “Go for it.” Because it truly is a safe Haven for new youth, they have so much to offer our community that other places don’t and that is why I believe CNYC is a great place to learn and grow.

How do you feel about the new Marijuana laws? by Jessica Sinclair

How do you feel about the new Marijuana laws? by Jessica Sinclair



I chose to ask the question “how do you feel about the new Marijuana laws?” because I feel it affects a lot of youth including myself.

Marijuana became legal within the past few months but the vision of what a pot-permissive Canada looks like is still hazy. There is a lot we don’t know. For example, what will happen to the Illegal dispensers? The new laws don’t really affect me anyway.







I feel a bit relieved knowing that people don’t have to worry about sneaking around to get it. However, the down side of it now being legal is the change that will come with the freedom. It’s a good thing for people with health issues but when others are trying to hustle it, its not a good thing.






I think the legalization of weed will cause more fines for individuals who don’t know the laws around it. It does provide a safe way for people to get weed by buying it at store and they’ll now know it’s not laced with any other drug. If people are doing it safely, it should not be a problem in this community. I think we need to educate people on it.






My thoughts on the new weed laws: I feel it’s just a big money grab. There are pros and cons.


-Decrease of weed charges for 18+

-Smoking one a day is better than drinking one a day

-Dispensaries are way safer than street drugs because people know what they are buying)


-If you begin smoking regularly at a young age your brain stops producing dopamine which is a chemical that it needs to function.






I think it’s ok, but only in moderation. I don’t think you should do it everyday.






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How do you cope with life by TerriLynne Belisle

How do you cope with life?

Project completed by TerriLynne Belisle

TerriLynne, Age 16

Hello, my name is TerriLynne and I chose the topic of “how do you cope with life” for this Word on the Street because a lot of people I know struggle with mental illness, addictions and their own personal demons

How I cope with life is through listening to music and through photography




Randy, Age 28

Hi, I’m Randy. I’m 28 years old, and I have a few ways I cope with life. One of the ways is through self-care, getting away, spending time by myself just doing something relaxing like reading, or having my coffee in peace. Sometimes, that means I’m doing things that I know are good for me even if it’s not what I feel like doing. For example, just eating right and getting sleep, going to get exercise, and doing physical activity. Also, an important thing is having people around that I know, love, and that care about me. That know me for who I am and just fully accept me and love me no matter what kind of place I’m in and who I feel safe around and that make me feel cared for. It’s really important that people support you.



Lexi, Age 16

I put myself in an empty room, breathe and write my poetry or keep doing my breathing techniques.







Rain, Age 17

I cope with life by making films and communicating with others.




What do you want from 2018?

Word of the Street March 2018  

story & photography by Kiyari McNab

Kiyari McNab is 17 years old and started attending school and programming at CNYC this past September. She is passionate about art and expressing herself creatively through painting, poetry and photography. She is dedicated to her academic goals and is a wonderful student at CNYC. The WOTS program has allowed her to evolve as a writer, photographer and gain editing experience.

Britteny, age 16

Question- what do you want out of 2018, from school and relationships?

Answer-Hi my name is Britteny and I’m 16 years old and what I want out of relationships is for people to get along and work through differences, for school I want the teachers to understand what the students go through in their personal life, out of school.

Aaron, age 15

Question – what do you want out of 2018, from school and relationships?

Answer- Hi my name is Aaron and I’m 15 years old, As for school I’m hoping to finish my grade 10 cause I wasn’t able to finish grade 9 properly, I want to get my work done and prove to others that I can do more then what I’m proven for. Out of relationships, along my significant other I’m hoping to make it last longer then the way it’s things have been going.

Shay, age 15

Question- what do you want out of 2018, from school and relationships?

Answer- Hi my name is Shay, I’m 15 years old and this year I want to finish my grade 10. Out of relationships, me, my mom have a good relationship and I want to keep it that way.

Terri- Lynn, age 16

Question- what do you want out of 2018, from school and relationships?

Answer- Hi my name is Terri-Lynn but I like to be called Terri, I’m 16 years old, I hope to make friends and school I’d like to finish my grade 10 and be better at finishing my homework/ in class work.

Ben, Age 19

Question- what do you want out of 2018, from school and relationships?

Answer- Hi my name is Ben, I’m 19 years old, and for 2018 I’d like to really work on myself, mentally and physically, also deal with my addictions, keeping myself busy, focusing on myself and being alone, and learning how to cope with that. I plan on being single for a while because I was in and out of relationships for a very long time.

Elisha, age 18

Question- what do you want out of 2018, from school and relationships/love?

Answer- Hi my name is Elisha, I’m 18 years old, out of love? I think the term sounds overrated, I think it’s better to love yourself then to love anyone else and anywhere else, Out of 2018 I just want love myself, and make some new friends to create any kind of relationships with them