Positive youth for a positive future

Trinity Western University, Langley, British Columbia—“Many teens do care about their future and are serious about the meaning of life,” says Derrick Klaassen, co-ordinator of the youth contest organized by the Graduate Program of Counselling Psychology at Trinity Western University.

The recent youth contest, as a part of the millennium celebration, asks adolescents to express their vision for the future or their meaning of life through essay, poetry or drawing. More than 300 young people from all over the world entered the contests. Three winners have been selected from each category. There are also many honorable mention awards.

These teens will be honored at an awards luncheon at Executive Airport Plaza Hotel & Conference Centre in Richmond, B.C., at 12:00 p.m. on July 16. This event is part of the International Conference on Searching for Meaning in the New Millennium. Winning entries will be published in print form and on the Meaning web site http://www.meaning.twu.ca.

First prize winners for essay, poetry and drawing categories are Helen Guri, Marcus Chinn, and Mandy Bisschop, respectively. Second prizes go to Jeffrey Vagay, Brian Rush, and Alix Petter. Third prizes go to Tasha Henderson, Yun-Kyung Vivian Lee, and Larissa Froese. Two prize winners and two honorable mentions are enrolled at Earl Marriott Secondary School in Surrey, BC.

“We need positive youth for a positive future,” says Paul Wong, PhD, director of the Graduate Counselling Program at Trinity Western University. “If we can encourage and empower youth to think seriously about how to lead a meaningful life and shape a positive future, there will be fewer problems of teen violence, substance abuse, and ‘rave’ parties.”

Wong hopes that governments, foundations and corporations will be interested in his vision of promoting positive youth through meaning-centered and purpose-driven activities.

Those who are interested in attending the award luncheon or supporting the Positive Youth Project may contact http://www.meaning.twu.ca or wong@twu.ca.

Last Updated: 2012-08-21
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