Youth Engagement & Activities

The BCA is creating new opportunities for local youth to get together with their peers and engage with the wider community. The BCA would like to support new ways for youth to:

  • socialize and have fun;
  • learn something new;
  • develop or improve a skill, including leadership skills; and
  • have a greater say in the type of youth activities, projects and clubs that are supported by the BCA

Are you ready to have fun and get more involved with your community? If so, the Blackburn Community Association wants to hear from you!

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Coming Soon!

Very Short Story Contest 2022

Recent Activities:

2021 Youth Poetry Prize Winners
Spooky Youth Poetry Party
Youth Poetry Contest 2021
Community Hall Mural 2021

Very Short Story Contest 2022

Attention Aspiring Young Writers! The Blackburn Community Association is hosting a very short story competition! Open to youth ages 11-17, as of December 31, 2021, who live or attend school in Blackburn Hamlet.

Appel à tous les jeunes écrivains en herbe! L’Association communautaire de Blackburn organise un concours de petites nouvelles! Ouvert aux jeunes âgés de 11 à 17 ans, dès le 31 décembre 2021, qui vont à l’école ou habitent à Blackburn Hamlet.

More details can be found in our posters:

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Winners of the BCA Youth Poetry Prize 2021

In September 2021, the BCA invited local youth aged ten to twelve to write a poem about COVID-19. Congratulations to all of the young people who found time to put their thoughts and feelings into words and submit a poem!

The BCA is proud to announce that the first place winner of the BCA Youth Poetry Prize 2021 is Ivy Wynne for her poem “Unexpected.”  Ivy attends Emily Carr Middle School.  She will collect a $75 cash prize.

We are also pleased to announce the following winning poems:  “We Shall Not Fall” by Nura Rowhani; “Stronger Together” by Amber Chu; “La Pandémie pour moi” by Shanika Parent and “Numbers on a Screen” by Chloe Tang. Each of these budding young poets will receive a cash prize of $25.

Each of the eighteen poems submitted was reviewed and scored by a panel of four independent judges. The panel of judges included well known local poets Alice Green, Courtney Symons, Khaleefa ‘Apollo the Child’ Hamdan and Margaret Cook. All of these individuals graciously shared their time, expertise and love of poetry to support the contest and the BCA extends a big thank you to each of them!

Spooky Youth Poetry Party 2021

Original Invitation
On the afternoon of Saturday October 30th, five young poetry enthusiasts in our neighbourhood braved grey skies, wind and rain to gather outdoors near the community hall to read and present scary poems and have fun. The event kicked off with the reading of a scary short story called “The Golden Hand”. Next there was the Great ‘Pumpkin’ Search, with participants taking off across the field to find three American orange squash carefully hidden along the tree line. Participants then played a game in which they tried to match questions and answers that formed a Halloween joke, such as “Where does a ghost go on vacation? —Mali-boo!”

Participants then worked in pairs to practice reading a famous spooky poem, including “The Witch” by Mary Elizabeth Coleridge, “The Vampire” by Conrad Aiken and “Lucy Gray” [or Solitude] by William Wordsworth; each pair then bravely presented their poem for everyone to enjoy. Volunteer Kate Beshiri, dressed as Captain Hook, then did a dramatic reading of “The Raven” by Edgar Allan Poe. Shout-out to Clara Barrette who also presented her very own poem while everyone enjoyed cupcakes and treats before heading home.

Spooky Youth Poetry Group Photo

Youth Poetry Contest 2021

This year the Blackburn Community Association (BCA) will be hosting its first ever poetry prize!

Cette année l’Association communautaire de Blackburn (ACB) organise son premier prix de poésie!

All children who were 9 – 11 years old as of December 31, 2020 and who live or attend school in Blackburn Hamlet are invited to submit an original, unpublished poem, in English or French, up to 200 words in length with no minimum word requirement. The poem should reflect some aspect of the meaning or consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic. The competition is now open for submissions! You have until 8pm on Thursday, October 7, 2021 to submit your poem.

More details can be found here:  English  Français

Community Hall Mural 2021

On August 16th, 2021, eleven local youth worked with Ottawa mural artist Ryan Smeeton to design and create a beautiful outdoor mural painting at the Blackburn Community Hall. There were 4 boys and 7 girls who participated. The mural project was organized by the BCA and sponsored by the City of Ottawa, specifically, the annual Paint It Up! mural program run by Crime Prevention Ottawa. The official unveiling of the mural took place on August 24, 2021. Congratulations to all of the youth involved in making this mural a reality for our community.

Community Hall Mural Artists
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