MONCTON - The YMCA Community Action Network (YCAN) has not let the pandemic slow down youth service projects. YCAN is bringing a new project to the community: named The Coronicles as a way for youth to share their experiences from the Coronavirus pandemic.
 
The YCAN’s North End Cohort is asking youth to share the good, the terrible and the frustrating moments from their time living through a pandemic. Their goal is to create and publish a historical record of this moment from the perspective of those who will live with the impacts of COVID-19 in the years to come.
 
“This is a hard and weird time to be alive - not to mention living in a pandemic as a teenager,” says Daniel Lee, local youth and communications manager for The Coronicles.  “The Coronicles aims to chronicle the real emotions and stories of youth through the power of storytelling and artwork.”
 
We want to know: How has your life changed due to the pandemic? Are there any unseen benefits of the pandemic? How has learning from home changed your life? We want to hear it all!
One hundred of the submissions will be selected and published in a collective work, and will be distributed to local Anglophone high schools and libraries. The group also plans to publish a pdf of the book.
 
Do you want to be a part of history? You can share your story by submitting an original piece of art, story or poem to: thecornoicles.ca
 
Submissions are open from Feb. 1, 2021 to Feb. 28, 2021. All youth must complete a consent form, and youth under 18-years-old must have a parent’s consent and signature to submit their work. Submissions are open to youth living in Canada.
 
The cohort hopes to publish and distribute the books in April of 2021.
 
For inquiries, please contact: Nicole.wry@ymcamoncton.ca