North of McKnight

FROM THE ROOFTOPS and YOUTH VOICES are our core groups in NE Calgary.

Watermelon Eating Contest!

To destress before exams Antyx Youth Leadership Group (YLAC) planned a watermelon eating contest and party at the Genesis Centre.

Youth wrote and drew their future hopes on a dream board. A common theme on the board ended up being happiness.Youth got creative and made costumes out of garbage bags, coloured tape and pipe cleaners. Everyone helped each other along the way.The garbage bag dresses, vests, ties (and even beard) all turned out spectacular. Everyone blew balloons and let them go along with their stress, and read out loud their self-care cards.


After some intense wheelbarrow racing and watermelon eating among teams, Team Basketball came out on top as the winners. Check out the gallery below for more pictures!

Painting Rocks

Youth from the Antyx Digital Arts group in Falconridge decided to create some art inspired by nature. They painted rocks with positive messages and placed them outside around the Falconridge community, as a form of polite graffiti to brighten people's day.

There was reflection that day on how we can go beyond consumerism to have fun or create change. We don't need to buy expensive materials to do a worthwhile recreational activity with our friends, families and communities. These rocks - after all - were freshly picked from a river in Calgary. In a recent meeting youth played the telephone game and talked about how this game happens within our communities, through prejudiced and uneducated commentary passed on by the media or one person to another. Such messages that are spread can become seeds for racism, sexism, and stereotyping within any community. These rocks have been painted to help keep the community's focus on love, compassion and creativity!

YLAC Hosts Watermelon Eating Contest

Feeling exam stress?

Join the newly formed Youth Leadership Action Crew (YLAC) for a watermelon eating contest this week! 

The past few weeks youth from the Boys and Girls Club, City of Calgary, Antyx Community Arts, Aspen Youth Services and Antyx Community Arts (among other partners) have been meeting as an informal youth leadership group in our communities.

After weeks of reflection among these youth, they voted on a name for themselves on May 18. They have settled on: Youth Leadership Action Crew (YLAC). This new group is coming up with wonderful ideas to create change in the North of McKnight Community, one example is a possible community litter clean up event in the future.

YLAC meetings are currently held Thursdays from 4pm-5pm. A community party and watermelon eating contest will be held June 1st to destress before exams. The party includes a costume photo booth, a dream board where everyone can write their dreams and hopes for the future, and a self-care balloon activity. Please come join us, make friends and connect with the community, which holds unlimited potential!

When: Thursday, June 1st
Time: 4pm-6pm
Where: Room D105
1000Voices at the Genesis Centre
7555 Falconridge Blvd NE

For more information and to receive registration forms, e-mail

Neighbour Day: Snap & Chat!

Youth Voices hosts Neighbour Day @ the Genesis Centre! 

Youth Voices hosts Neighbour Day @ the Genesis Centre! 


For Calgary Neighbour Day, June 18, 2016, Antyx youth planned an event at the Genesis Centre called Snap and Chat. A social-media themed event involved our savvy youth guiding passers-by in the arts of Snapchat, breadfacing, chalk art, hashtagging and hip hop dance. #yycneighbourday

We had a photobooth, sidewalk chalk, bouncy house and live DJ’ed music with a dance floor on site. The AGA Khan Foundation even brought out their Together Tour bus!  Attendees were invited to start conversations using Snap Chat and share their experiences. Our youth participants were key facilitators of all the activities - things they had planned themselves to engage their community. Breadface was a popular activity as people recorded themselves smashing their face into slices of bread. The Cypher YYC crew was also there with a dance floor and everyone got a chance to show their moves! It was a day to be remembered for fun, family, and getting to know our neighbours. 

Youth Interview: Muhammad Zorays Afzal

What program (s) are you involved with at Antyx and why?
Hello, my name is Muhammad Zorays Afzal. I am involved with From the Rooftops because it is an opportunistic volunteering group that allows me to use all my potential to bring a positive change within the community.

What have been some of your most memorable moments?
Every session feels memorable and enjoyable as over time I have bonded closely with everyone in the group. One particular moment that comes to mind is when I was co-hosting a youth discussion/ seminar about domestic violence. This moment felt special because the topic felt important to us and through the event it felt like we were actually starting a discussion amongst youth in the community.

Do you have any objectives that you aim to achieve through your participation with us?
I would like to be able to do something for those who are less fortunate in society. From the Rooftops has so far helped me to realize this goal and I only wish to be able to continue doing the same.

What helps you to stay involved?
The ability to make a positive difference alongside my close friends is what keeps me going.

Would you like to say anything to other people who are looking to get involved?
To anyone thinking about joining, I highly recommend it as this is a safe and friendly group that does some amazing things!