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Montreal’s Café Graffiti: Who Are We?

By Raymond Viger, Publisher.

I meet people in the field of youth social work who ask me one simple question: what exactly do you do at the Café Graffiti? The query hits me like a ton of bricks. It’d take me two hours to explain everything we do…

For the almost 20 years I’ve been attending the Salon du livre de Montreal, the Montreal Book Fair, I meet folks who are stunned that we have young people who paint such spectacular murals. Then there are those who know of our artists who remark, “Hey, I didn’t know you publish a magazine!”
Some people believe our magazine only appeals to young people. Even though we are widely used by schools and community organizations, our themes – alcoholism, suicide, poverty, compulsive gambling… are universal.

I recently ran into someone who has followed our efforts for 15 years. She ordered a product we haven’t sold for 10 years! This Special Edition will update her on what merchandise we currently have to offer, and on what we’re up to these days.

Even inside our organization, some are surprised to discover a new dancer or a new product. Dancers mostly use the Café Graffiti in the evening. Some visual artists exhibit their works during the day; others come by much later. Many of our artists, dancers and musicians use the facility regularly but never cross paths. Even I have trouble keeping track of everyone.

After 22 years on the premises working with our young people, sometimes I can’t honestly say for sure if a mural has been painted by one of our talented artists or not.

How can I expect a new subscriber to know everything we do if I don’t know it myself? That’s why we’re publishing this Special Edition of The Social Eyes:

•To provide a rundown of all our services, products and activities;
•To present works by our artists and writers;
•To present our organization’s many activities;
•To show how young people use what we offer;
•To spread the news about the prizes and awards we’ve earned along the way.

Even though we’re widely recognized as an organization dedicated to helping young people, we receive zero financial support from the Quebec Ministère de la santé (the Health Ministry). We’re on a waiting list for financing from the Health Ministry’s Health and Social Services Agency.

The Province of Quebec is supposed to be augmenting its support for community organizations, in order to avoid using the same budget levels to support new groups springing up across the province. But we’re been a “new” community group for 22 years!

Will the provincial government get around to increasing the Agency’s community support budget so we can better help marginalized youth? Maybe, maybe not. In the meantime, we’ll continue to muddle through, so we can assist the young people who take advantage of all we have to offer.

To keep all this going we’ve had to develop our own independent funding sources. Youth needs change over time.

To remain relevant we have to be flexible. Sometimes, the administrative and financial burden of launching a new project is just too much for us to bear, even if the need is there.

We don’t want to rely on conventional fundraising methods. We’re not on a one-track hunt for cash. We want to create a community treasure chest that values and promotes the interests of our youth. We must all work hard to provide a society that serves the better interests of all its members, from the weakest to the strongest.

Our vision: to help young people by getting them to help themselves, and their community. We don’t want to see our teens and young adults sitting on their backsides waiting for the next welfare cheque; we want them to earn their own way, and pay taxes back to the government.

Thank you for taking the time to read this magazine; thanks for being there for us.


Bistro

Love in 3D

Hats

Dvd Gambling

Alcohol addiction  

      http://thesocialeyes.ca/index.php/110-dependence/alcohol-addiction

Anorexia

      http://thesocialeyes.ca/index.php/116-anorexia

Breakdancing 

      http://thesocialeyes.ca/index.php/108-hip-hop/breakdancing

Bullying

      http://thesocialeyes.ca/index.php/130-bullying

Codependency  

      http://thesocialeyes.ca/index.php/109-dependence/codependency

Community

       http://thesocialeyes.ca/index.php/118-community

Criminality

       http://thesocialeyes.ca/index.php/119-criminality

Culture

       http://thesocialeyes.ca/index.php/106-culture

Cyberaddiction

       http://thesocialeyes.ca/index.php/120-cyberaddiction

Dependence

       http://thesocialeyes.ca/index.php/105-dependence    

Drop out

       http://thesocialeyes.ca/index.php/121-dropout

Drug addiction

      http://thesocialeyes.ca/index.php/142-drug-addiction

Economy

      http://thesocialeyes.ca/index.php/122-economy

Education

      http://thesocialeyes.ca/index.php/123-education

Environment

      http://thesocialeyes.ca/index.php/124-environment

Family

      http://thesocialeyes.ca/index.php/125-family

Gambling

      http://thesocialeyes.ca/index.php/111-dependence/gambling

Graffiti

      http://thesocialeyes.ca/index.php/107-hip-hop/graffiti

Health

      http://thesocialeyes.ca/index.php/137-health

History

      http://thesocialeyes.ca/index.php/143-history

Homosexuality

      http://thesocialeyes.ca/index.php/127-homosexuality

Hypersexualization

      http://thesocialeyes.ca/index.php/128-hypersexualization

Internet

       http://thesocialeyes.ca/index.php/129-internet

Justice

       http://thesocialeyes.ca/index.php/131-justice

Media and Books

       http://thesocialeyes.ca/index.php/132-media-and-books

Mental Health

       http://thesocialeyes.ca/index.php/138-mental-health

Native

      http://thesocialeyes.ca/index.php/322-native

Politics

      http://thesocialeyes.ca/index.php/134-politics

Prisoners Chronicles

       http://thesocialeyes.ca/index.php/117-prisoner-s-chronicle

Prostitution

       http://thesocialeyes.ca/index.php/135-prostitution

Rap

       http://thesocialeyes.ca/index.php/115-hip-hop/rap

Religion and spirituality

       http://thesocialeyes.ca/index.php/136-religion-and-spirituality

Sexuality

       http://thesocialeyes.ca/index.php/139-sexuality

Society

       http://thesocialeyes.ca/index.php/140-society

STD-Aids   

       http://thesocialeyes.ca/index.php/133-std-aids

Street Gangs

      http://thesocialeyes.ca/index.php/126-street-gangs

Suicide **   http://thesocialeyes.ca/index.php/141-suicide