The Youth Vision Council was created with the intention of bringing the youth of the Rouge Valley together to share their authentic selves as well as their aspirations, ideas, curiosities and visions in a creative, supportive, and inspiring environment. The goal of the YVC has always been to support youth to pursue the topics, skills and knowledge that they find interesting and valuable to their lives, improving their lives while encouraging a collective vision of youth co-creating with their community in a healthy and wholesome way, which strengthens the connection between the youth and the people of the Rouge Valley. The YVC is open to new members wishing to connect, improve their lives and share in the creative space.
Guest speakers share knowledge and skills that reflect the interests of YVC members. Speakers have presented on subjects such as permaculture, meditation & breathing techniques, Tai Chi, healthy eating on a budget, cleansing and fasting, and non-violent communication, as well as many more. The group actively pursues any interest the collective group wishes to study, finding guest speakers and resources to bring in to the circle.
Over the past year, the group has been learning about artisanship and the requirements for becoming a successful artist and entrepreneur, learning from people who have created successful craft businesses, as well as learning sewing skills, creating sellable crafts, and holding youth artisan shows during some of Ashland’s First Friday Art Walks. The opportunity to showcase the talents of the YVC’s members is a large part of the collective vision of the group right now.
OUR MISSION: to take an active interest in ourselves, our peers, our community and our world by engaging with the people, ideas and skills that help us lead happier, healthier lives.
The Youth Vision Council is a project of The Rose Circle Mentoring Network, and is funded in part through a grant from the Cow Creek Umpqua Indian Foundation and Trinity Episcopal Church.
WHO WE ARE: A group of young people, mostly between ages 15-23, who get together once a week with other like-minded youth and one or two (very youthful) adult mentors. We are also a project of The Rose Circle Mentoring Network, a local 501(c)3 nonprofit devoted to mentoring local youth and connecting youth and adults in the community.
WHAT WE DO: The activities of the Youth Vision Council are planned and organized by its members, with the help of our adult mentors. Leadership, communication, and listening skills are encouraged in a safe space where the group has your back. What do you want to learn? Know about? Explore? What’s going on in your life that you’d like to share? We will meet the experts, learn valuable skills, and take the time to talk and listen to each other, getting to know each other in the process!