The Youth Chapter of Moose Jaw’s Journey to Hope will be holding their Open Mic night on February 15th at The Hive at 7 p.m.
Journey to Hope is an organization that sprang up to build community among those impacted by suicide loss, and it supports efforts in suicide prevention and mental health.
The Youth Chapter includes students from Central Collegiate, Peacock Collegiate, and Riverview Collegiate. “They are led by teacher-facilitators, and they come together with the idea of being Hope Ambassadors within their communities, and a safe place for youth to gather to raise hope, to learn together about how to be there for each other,” said Della Ferguson with Journey to Hope.
The family-friendly event is an opportunity for community connections. “We felt this has become a tradition, the open mic each year. It has been so successful in Youth raising their voices around hope, healing, honouring,” said Ferguson.
While Youth Chapter members will be giving presentations, Ferguson said there is also an opportunity for community members to bring their own, 5-minute presentations. Anyone interested in signing up is encouraged to email them at email@example.com, though pre-registration is not required.
Ferguson shared what she hopes people experience at the Open Mic night. “Being inspired – having their heart smile. Giving them something that they can remember as a resource to move forward.”
If there is job action due to the ongoing negotiations between the Saskatchewan Teachers’ Federation and the provincial government, the event will be postponed to another day. You can see Journey to Hope’s Facebook page for updates here.