GRIP magazine launches youth awards

    EDMONTON, Oct. 17 /CNW/ - The magazine that gave youth a voice is now
giving teens a head start in their burgeoning creative careers. The Alberta
Mental Health Board (AMHB), along with Venture Publishing, announced today in
Edmonton the launch of the Grip X-Press Awards, an initiative of Grip
    Grip is an award-winning magazine that is unique in that it is a
publication that is written by youth, for youth. All of its content is driven
by a youth advisory council, made up of teens from across the province.
Stories shared in Grip range from topics such as depression, cyber safety and
building communication skills. Demand for Grip has increased steadily since
its launch in 2006. More than 60,000 copies are now distributed to high
schools, libraries and other youth-friendly places throughout the province.
    The innovative magazine has received accolades from more than just the
youth. The AMHB was awarded the Health Care Public Relations Association's
Hygeia Award in the category of external communications this spring in a
national competition.
    "Grip and its accompanying website,, encourage youths
to connect with their peers, which is an important component of mental
health," said Ruby Brown, Vice-President of Advocacy, Innovation and
Monitoring at the AMHB. "The Grip X-Press Awards is a way for us to encourage
youths to continue to build connections in their lives."
    Ruth Kelly, Publisher and Editor-in-Chief, Venture Publishing says:
"Venture Publishing is delighted to be working with the AMHB to host the first
Grip X-Press awards. The awards will recognize and celebrate the written and
visual creativity of teens, talent that we see regularly in the many
submissions that we receive for Grip magazine. We are proud to be working with
the AMHB and Grip's Youth Advisory Council to create a magazine that continues
to touch the hearts and minds of a growing number of readers."
    Youths aged 13 to 19 are invited to submit their entries for the
following categories: best written article (non-fiction), best short story or
poetry (fiction), best photography or illustration and best podcast. Entries
must be received by December 3, 2007. Winners will be announced at a gala
event in January 2008.
    For full entry details, visit or

    The Alberta Mental Health Board is a provincial health authority that
oversees and advances Alberta's mental health system, serves in an advisory
capacity to the Minister of Health and Wellness, and works with health regions
and others to address system-wide mental health priority issues that span
regional, provincial and organizational boundaries.

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For further information: Josephine Lamy, Coordinator, Communications,
(780) 969-0511

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