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MYAC Logo Contest

MYAC is hosting a Logo Contest! We are looking for a simple and unique logo that represents us well!

Learn more about us on our "About Page" and consider our slogans:

"Inform, Inspire, Innovate. Use your voice." & "Think Well, Feel Well, Be Well."

Submit your logo here.

General Rules and Regulations

Eligibility:

  • The contest is open to all students currently enrolled in a Niagara Falls High School OR Niagara Falls residents in Grades 9-12B enrolled in school outside of Niagara Falls.
  • Participation in the contest constitutes full and unconditional acceptance of and agreement to be bound by these contest rules by the student(s) and the legal guardian(s) of the student(s)

Objective:

The objective of the logo is to encapsulate the initiatives and values that represent MYAC.

  • Embodies the ideas presented in MYAC's slogan “inform, inspire, innovate & use your voice!”
  • Check out highlight reels on @nfmyac Instagram page to learn more about MYAC, our guiding values, and other resources for inspirational purposes

MYAC is a group of passionate students that represents Niagara Falls high schools whose vision is to provide a communication link between the youth of Niagara Falls and City Council. We diversify our impact with our three sub committees; Youth Voice, Giving Back and Just for Fun.

Contest Rules

Design Guidelines - Artwork must be:

  •  Free of text elements
  •  Original creation – reproducing, modifying, enhancing or altering a third party’s pre-existing work does not qualify as an original creation 
  •  Created by currently enrolled high school students in grades 9-12B
  •  Appropriate for a school setting, be bias-free and meet all equity and inclusivity requirements 
  • Artwork can be created in any format however it must be two-dimensional

Submission Guidelines:

The contest is open from March 1, 2021 at 12:01 a.m. and closes at 11:59 p.m. on March 31, 2021

Determination of Winner: 

  1.  The winning entry will be selected by the MYAC members and the Mayor of Niagara Falls. Their decision will be final with no right of appeal.
  2.  MYAC members are able to participate in contests so long as they are removed from the judging process.
  3.  Judging of the logo submissions will be anonymous.
  4.  Entries will be judged on their visual appeal, quality of design, and ease of reproduction for the purposes stated above.
  5.  Contestants are permitted to work in groups, however, only one prize will be awarded per group should a group entry be chosen as a winner.
  6.  The contest winner(s) will be notified via email and announced on the MYAC website and via social media in early-April.
  7.  Odds of winning are dependent on the number of entries received.
  8.  In the case that no suitable submission is received, the MYAC judging committee reserves the right to not select a winner.

Submissions will be evaluated based on:

  •  Originality and design quality.
  •  Ability of design to capture the idea of MYAC's slogan of “inform, inspire, innovate and use your voice”.
  •  Ease of reproduction for a variety of purposes including but not limited to digital and print media 

Prize:

 The prize for the winning entry is a cash prize of $100.00 (cheque). This prize remains the same regardless of the size of the team submitting the winning entry. 

Intellectual Property 

  1.  Contestants affirm their entries are their own original work, have not been copied from others or from previous designs, including their own, and do not violate the intellectual property rights of any other person or entity.
  2.  Entries become the sole property of the MYAC and may be used for any MYAC purposes, including, but not limited to, display on websites, social media, promotional material (including such things as flags) or printed materials.
  3.  MYAC will have the right to adapt, edit, modify, or otherwise use the winning entry in part or in its entirety in whatever manner it deems appropriate.
  4.  MYAC reserves the right to choose not to use the winning entry as described in these contest guidelines.
  5.  MYAC reserves the right to use any other entry received for future and/or different promotional purposes in its sole discretion.
  6.  If the contest winner(s) is determined to have violated any rules, the contest winner(s) will be required to forfeit or return the prize, even if the determination is made after the prize has been awarded.
  7.  The contestant(s) and their legal guardian(s) irrevocably, perpetually and without limitation grant the MYAC the rights to use, publish, adapt, sub-license, edit, dispose of and/or modify the entry, in any way and also waive all rights, including moral rights in the entry without notice or compensation and agree to sign a release to that effec

Disclaimer 

  1.  MYAC is not responsible for lost, late, misdirected, incomplete, illegible, or otherwise unusable entries, including entries that are lost or unusable due to computer, internet, or electronic problems.
  2. If for any reason, the contest is not capable of running as planned, the MYAC reserves the right in its sole discretion to cancel, terminate, suspend or modify the contest and award the prize by alternate means if fraud or technical failure is determined at any time by MYAC, including after the submission window has closed.
  3.  MYAC is not liable, for winner and prize notification and delivery, in the event the contest winner(s) has provided incorrect, outdated, or otherwise invalid contact information.

 General

  1. The contestant(s) and/or the contestant’s legal guardian(s) must fill out the Entry form and follow contest directions in full to be eligible.
  2. By entering the contest, the contestant(s) and/or the contestant’s legal guardian(s) consent to the release of the contestant’s name(s) and permit photographs of the contestant(s) and their entry for use in publicity with the media and/or inclusion on the MYAC website or social media feeds.The contestant(s) and/or the contestant’s legal guardian(s) must acknowledge that all contest rules have been complied with when submitting the entry.
  3. Entries will not be returned to contestants.
  4. The contest winner(s) will be required to complete and return a release form in order to redeem the prize.
  5. By entering the contest, the contestant(s) and their legal guardian(s) expressly consent to the MYAC storing, sharing and using the personal information submitted with the entry for the purpose of administering the contest.

 

STEM Q&A Session

MYAC has joined forces with Hatch and iHub to offer an interactive session with young professionals working in STEM right here in Niagara.

This STEM Q&A event provides high school students within the Niagara region who are interested in STEM with the opportunity to connect with local young professions in related STEM fields.  The event will include guest speakers focusing on future career opportunities followed by four breakout rooms covering a major STEM theme (science, engineering, mathematics and computing, and technology). Each room will have a panel made up of a diverse range of young professionals (YPs) within the respective STEM category. Students will have the opportunity to engage with these YPs and ask questions ranging from course selection, post-secondary opportunities, careers, etc. The purpose of this event is to provide students with a wide perspective of their fields of interest while showcasing the opportunities and talent that exist in Niagara.

Register here.

Agenda

5:00 Opening and Hatch presentation
5:10 MYAC presentation
5:15 ihub presentation
5:20 Niagara Workforce Planning Board
5:40 Breakout rooms
6:40 Closing

 

Virtual Youth Forum Niagara 2020 #nfmyac myac logo

2020 Virtual Youth Forum | Thursday, October 22 from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m.

Virtual Youth Forum

On Thursday, October 22nd, MYAC hosted their first ever Virtual Youth Forum. The forum provided an opportunity for high school students from across the Niagara Region to come together to talk about a variety of topics impacting their daily lives. The forum allowed students to learn and to share feedback AND to earn volunteer service hours for their participation.

The Forum was broken into the topic areas of:

  • Education
  • Employment
  • Health
  • Personal Skills
  • Volunteering
  • Other (opportunity for open conversation)

Each of the topics involved a brief introduction of the topic led by peers and/or experts in the field. A recording of the Virtual Youth Forum can be viewed below:

For more information contact Beth Angle [email protected]

 

The following MYAC 2019/20 update was provided to City Council on June 23, 2020.

The 2019/2020 Mayor’s Youth Advisory Committee would like to take this opportunity to update the Mayor and Council about the projects and activities that took place throughout the year. Despite a very different end to the MYAC year due to the pandemic, we feel that we were still able to accomplish a lot.

Leadership and Annual Plan

 As the Mayor’s Youth Advisory Committee, our mandate is to provide a voice for the youth in Niagara Falls while advising council of important issues for the city’s younger population and to encourage facilities and programs to enhance the quality of life, health and well-being of the youth in our community.

 At the beginning of each year the new MYAC team participates in Leadership Day to to learn about roles and responsibilities as committee members, to get to know each other and build a team, and to take an active role in an annual planning process. This year we were able to hold this special day at City Hall and participate in team-building activities to identify our strengths as a group.

 MYAC operates with three sub committees: Giving Back, Just for Fun, and Youth Voice. Each Sub Committee has a slightly different focus which allows each individual to contribute based on their strengths and also offers additional leadership opportunities for our members.

Regular MYAC meetings take place once per month and sub committees report and receive feedback from the team as a whole.

The following summarizes the activities and events that were planned for the year. In some cases, the plans were not implemented.

MYAC (ALL MEMBERS)

  • Project SHARE Christmas Basket Program: Following our annual tradition, MYAC once again was able to sponsor a family this year and were happy to donate some essentials and gifts for this family during the Christmas season.
  • Community Clean Sweep: The Mayor’s Youth was involved in cleaning our adopted street on October 5th which covered from Oakes Park to Portage Rd. As this was an early event, we were able to get to each other better and spend time together. Typically we would have also participated in a spring cleanup event.
  • Federal Election Project: With the help of First Vote, a non-profit organization at Brock University, we promoted the Student Town Hall which was hosted at Brock on October 1st with various slideshows and merchandise. We also implemented a variety of learning opportunities at the five high schools.
  • Community Outreach Kitchen: As a group, we attended the Outreach Kitchen twice this year where we served meals to individuals during winter and spring
  • Wheelchair Basketball Practice Team: Unfortunately due to the pandemic, this event was cancelled.
  • City of Niagara Falls Youth Volunteer of the Year Award: MYAC had the opportunity to select a youth resident that displayed a true commitment to the community through volunteering. This year, the award was given to Bianca Marcella, a MYAC alumnus.
  • Jim Mitchinson Scholarship: MYAC is proud to present this scholarship in Jim Mitchinson’s honour to a member of the youth that has demonstrated leadership and involvement in the community. This year, the scholarship was awarded to Pranav Parakh, a grade 12 student from A.N. Myer Secondary School.

 YOUTH VOICE

 The Youth Voice subcommittee is an outlet that allows MYAC to provide a voice and advocate for youth and create events catered to students that explore important topics such as education, transportation and employment in Niagara.

2019 Niagara Student Summit: A very successful Summit was hosted on October 17, 2019 at Brock University. MYAC hosted approximately 250 high school students from high schools across the Niagara Region at this “by youth for youth” outside of the classroom learning opportunity. We are grateful for the support of Brock University, the DSBN, and the NCDSB for all of their support and to our sponsors Enbridge Gas, Niagara Peninsula Energy, and Walker Industries.

  • Youth Forum: A youth forum was planned to take place at the MacBain Community Centre to gather input from youth about what is important to them. Unfortunately, due to the Emergency Orders the Youth Forum was cancelled.
  • 2020 Niagara Student Summit: Planning was well underway for the 2020 Niagara Student Summit that was to take place in October. A decision was made to not host an in-person Summit and after much discussion the team decided to plan a Virtual Youth Forum.
  • 2020 Virtual Youth Forum: Planning is underway to host a Virtual Youth Forum with hopes to attract high school students to provide input regarding their current concerns as well as their need for resources and opportunities.

 GIVING BACK

 MYAC’s Giving Back sub-committee is dedicated to contributing time into our community and paying it forward through volunteerism, fundraising and monetary donations.

 Red Roof Christmas Party: This holiday season, our Giving Back subcommittee attended and organized a Christmas Party with children at Red Roof. Activities included gingerbread making, holiday card decorating, button-making, bowling and more.

  • Mother Earth Day: An important initiative that Giving Back took on this year was helping to plan the Mother Earth Day event, which has been postponed to May 29th, 2021. We decided to contribute goat yoga and a MYAC information booth, which will allow attendees to win prizes if they correctly answer environmental trivia.
  • Skate Nights: MYAC held two skate nights this year at the Gale Centre (Oct 26 & Feb 1). Teenagers were invited to freely skate on the rink in exchange for a donation or a canned good for Project Share’s fundraiser. We included an activities room filled with board games and snacks for those who did not bring skates.

 JUST FOR FUN

 The Just for Fun Sub Committee focuses on providing opportunities for youth from across Niagara Falls to get together and have fun. Often events involve showcasing the many talents and skills of our fellow students.

  •  Coffee House: A Coffee house was planned to take place in the spring with Ruth’s Chris/Yuk Yuk’s agreeing to provide the venue to us. This family friendly event provides an opportunity to showcase talent and for students from all high schools to get together in a social setting. Unfortunately, due to Covid-19 we were unable to host this event.
  • School-A-Palooza: School-A-Palooza is a student favourite that brings together the five local high schools for a friendly competition. This year a new Pre-Palooza event was planned to take place at the Boys & Girls Club. This event was intended to allow for greater individual participation and encourage students to stay active. Unfortunately, this event was also cancelled.
  • Promposal Contest: A promposal contest was planned and cancelled. Last year, the promposal contest was a great way to share many fun and creative promposals on social media with lots of great prizes.

We would like to recognize and thank our annual sponsors: Niagara Falls Rotary Club and Ruth’s Chris. As well as our Niagara Student Sponsors: Enbridge Gas Inc, Niagara Peninsula Energy, and Walker Industries. As well as our new event specific sponsors Niagara Recycling and Niagara University.

 Despite the unfortunate end to our year, MYAC was successful in implementing some great events and contributing to the community through volunteerism. We look forward to continuing our work and cannot wait for 2020/2021.

 We would like to take this time to thank the Mayor and Council for continually supporting our efforts and specifically for Councillor Strange for attending our meetings and providing input and support.

 

Shreeya Patel and Waheebah Ahmed, 2019/2020 MYAC Co-Chairs