Youth monologues a fundraiser for SHYFT youth services in tri-counties

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By Carla Allen

A fundraising event for SHYFT on Saturday, March 8 at 7 p.m., taking place at the Salle Père Maurice LeBlanc in the Centre Communautaire de Par-en-Bas, will be an eye-opener for many, says one of the emcees for the Youth Monologues.

SHYFT Youth Services offers outreach supports for homeless and at-risk youth in Yarmouth, Digby and Shelburne counties.

“We don’t really hear a lot about what youth are going through in the tri-counties and this is a good way to open it up,” said Cameron Albright, who will be hosting the show with Ashley White.

The Youth Monologues will feature monologues written by youth in the region, as well as dancing, choreographed by Kidzact instructor Alex Morris.

One of her dancers, 19-year-old cancer survivor Jessica Robicheau, will dance while someone reads her story.

The dance group “Defying Gravity” will also perform.

SHYFT youth worker Kirsta Morris says youth have been working on the production for several months and that there are many “amazing pieces.”

Each presenter will not be performing their own story, so anonymity regarding sensitive topics is assured.

“There are some monologues on body image, cutting, addictions and struggles with relationships with parents,” said Morris.

“They’re being creative too. They’re not just standing on stage. Some of them are going to come out with props,” she said.

She added that humour would also be included in the show to help balance heavier issues and provide variety.

Tickets for the show are $10 and moving fast, says Morris. They are available from SHYFT at 6 Trinity Place, or by calling 902-882-3111.

A Sunday matinee may be added. Funds raised will be directed towards SHYFT’s participation in the Unite and Ignite Conference in Ottawa, March 27-30.

Five youth from the region will be facilitating at the conference, talking about drugs and hypersexualization.

The annual gathering brings close to 350 youth and adult allies to take action on key issues affecting youth. C

Organizations: SHYFT Youth Services

Geographic location: Yarmouth, Shelburne, Ottawa

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