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2013 Aboriginal Youth Explosion

The Aboriginal Youth Explosion is an annual event, organized and hosted by Bridges Social Development, that brings together the collective voices of Albertan Aboriginal youth to celebrate the exploration of their personal wisdom and potential, and provide the space to share their stories with the broader Calgary community. Spring 2013 will mark Bridges’ second annual Aboriginal Youth Explosion, to be held in Calgary, Alberta. The event will open at noon with an art exhibition and food, and then continue with a traditional opening ceremony and performances at 1pm.

2013 Aboriginal Youth Explosion Event Details:

Date: Sunday, May 12, 2013

Time: 12:00 – 1:00pm Art & Food, 1:00 – 4:30pm Performances

Location: Ross Glen Hall, Mount Royal University

Cost: Free

RSVP: by filling out the form below

The Explosion event emerged as a way to celebrate and showcase the adventurous and challenging work being done by Aboriginal youth participants of Bridges’ Unveiling Youth Potential (UYP) program. UYP is a youth empowerment program aimed at realizing the potential of youth and young adults by supporting their leadership roles in building strong, resilient communities.

Last Spring, the Aboriginal Youth Explosion showcased the work of many Aboriginal youth who had participated in Bridges’ UYP programming throughout the year. The event program was packed with performances that were equally moving as they were entertaining: a young drumming group from Pathways Community Service opened the event, a rock band of Aboriginal youth from Bishop Grandin High School performed original music, and a hip hop troupe from Piitoayis Family School shared their wisdom through dance and rap, among others. Watch the highlight reel for a snapshot of last year’s event:

If this year’s Aboriginal Youth Explosion is anything like last year’s, it will move and inspire everyone it touches, and build meaningful bridges between Calgary’s neighbouring communities.


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