Our News

January 8
YNA is on Myspace!
Thanks to the prompting of Spokane Youth 'N Action (YNA) members, Eastern Washington YNA is now on myspace! Myspace will provide another innovative venue to communicate with youth where they're at and further advertise Youth 'N Action and its services. The YNA Myspace can be found at www.myspace.com/wayouthnaction and will be carefully monitored to assure all comments and postings are appropriate. "Friend" us today!

January 7
YNA Partners With Juvenile Hall
Spokane, WA - In 2009 Eastern Washington Youth 'N Action (YNA) has partnered with Juvenile Hall to provide monthly mental health programming for its residents. Youth 'N Action will host a variety of programs ranging from developing personal advocacy skills to personal strength development all targeted at encouraging mental health. Programs will be facilitated by Eastern WashingtonYouth 'N Action's Director, Ryan Oelrich, and qualified volunteers. All programs will have both a fun and educational component.

"In 2009 Eastern Washington Youth 'N Action will focus even more on meeting youth where they're at- meeting with them face to face at Juvenile Hall or jump starting a conversation at the youth shelter through a pizza party sponsored by YNA," stated Director, Ryan Oelrich. "We'll go to where the greatest need is as opposed to always expecting youth to come to us."

November 10
Youth 'N Action Meets with Governor
On November 1, 2008, members of Youth 'N Action had the opportunity to meet with Governor Christine Gregoire and other political leaders including Senator Lisa Brown. Earlier this year Governor Gregoire applauded Youth 'N Actions efforts in advocacy and service after they received the Chase Youth Commission "Courage" Award. Governor Gregoire encouraged Youth 'N Action members to "keep up the great work!"

Brenden SmithSeptember 4
Spokane Youth 'N Action Member Wins Meghan Doggett Award
Brenden Smith, a member of Spokane's Youth 'N Action (YNA), was named this year's recipient of the Meghan Doggett Award for his outstanding commitment and dedication through Youth 'N Action to helping his peers and community. Brenden has spoken on numerous occasions to community groups as well as helped lead trainings for his peers on reducing stigma around mental illness. Brenden has been a faithful YNA member since 2007, participating in various service projects and advocacy opportunities as well as taking a leadership role in the group. Brenden will travel to Seattle to receive the award which will be given on Thursday, September 11th. Youth 'N Action commends Brenden for is courage, dedication, and passion.

August 8
Summer Youth Summit
Do you know a peer who has a physical or mental challenge or do you have a challenge yourself? Do you know how to interact with someone who is significantly different than you are?

Join other youth from across Washington for Summer Youth Summit, a day that will challenge your perceptions and highlight the strengths in each of us regardless of our differences. You'll gain new insight and understanding around a variety of individual challenges which will lead to a greater appreciation for the phenomenal courage it takes to overcome them. The FREE event is open to youth 14-24. Inclueds free bowling, pool, air hockey, arcade games, music, lunch and prizes.

June 5
Nonviolent Communication Training June 16
Nonviolent Communication (NVC) is a practical, learnable process based on universal human values that helps people connect more deeply with themselves and others. It promotes good vibes with your values in thought, speech, and action. The purpose of NVC is to create the quality of connection where everyone's needs are equally valued and strategies to meet needs contribute to connection, harmony and peace. Nonviolent Communication focuses our attention on what matters most, leading to language and actions that are efficient, effective and full of integrity. Nonviolent Communication strengthens our ability to inspire compassion and teamwork from others. It guides us to reframe how we express ourselves and how we hear others.

The Nonviolent Communication training takes place Monday, June 16th from 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. at SeaTac Community Center, 13735 24th Ave. South, SeaTac WA. See map. How Do Youth Benefit From This Training?

  • NVC can help you peacefully and effectively resolve conflicts and build quality relationships and partnerships with the people you come in contact with everyday: Teachers, counselors, caseworkers, siblings, probation officers, boyfriends, girlfriends, husbands, wives, parents, children, friends, community members, co-workers, supervisors etc.
  • NVC is a necessary life skill we can all use to reduce violence in our communities and personal lives.
  • A great opportunity to interact with peers in a positive learning environment and go home with some great life skills!
  • Youth will be paid a $25 incentive for their participation in this important event.
  • Free lunch will be provided for all youth participants.

Please call Tamara at (toll free): 1-866-337-2424 or Office: 253-880-4339 if you'd like to participate. Only 20 slots available!

When: August 8, 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Where: Spokane Falls Community College, Student Union Recreation Center.

To RSVP: call toll free 1-866-898-6013 or email wayouthnaction@yahoo.com

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