During last years summer, the youth team and I were brainstorming ways to come up with some money to bring the youth to Wonderland! We came up with the idea of starting a Open Mic Night to showcase the amazing talent of our youth while raising money for our summer trip. Our first showcase was an amazing success we had many performers and supporters come out and come together to watch the talent of the youth in our community. After the great success we had we decided on doing one for each season we have here!
A few weeks ago on a Tuesday we held our third one, which to our happiness was an even bigger turn out and success than we had even the first time we proposed this idea to the community.
I just felt it was necessary to share this with the great and powerful inter webs, because so many things today are portraying the youth and these communities in a dimmer light. While there might be some truth to some of the things that are being said, it is unfair to not look past and not celebrate with the same means the successes and triumphs the youth are having. Our open mic night brings together youth in our community to focus on the talents and positive voices these youth foster, instead of the negativity.