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YOUTH COLLECTIVE UPDATE 

What is the Youth Collective?

    We are a diverse group of volunteer youth, ages 13 to 24, from the South Surrey/White Rock community. Identifying a need for positive opportunities for youth to explore interests, make friends, build and share skills, and connect to resources, the Youth Collective has been working together since 2012 to provide a safe, sober, and inclusive Youth Space. We are supported in our mission by Alexandra Neighbourhood House, the City of Surrey, and community partners.

    We have exciting news: renovations to the Youth Space are DONE. We’re back and better than ever!! On Friday May 5th from 5-9:30pm, come celebrate our grand re-opening! It’s going to be a colourful night with tons of fun activities. We’re kick-starting the event with a BBQ, followed by live local bands, a Polaroid photobooth with props, and tons of free food. Youth can also learn how to DJ, do airbrush graffiti, and try button making. There’s door prizes galore! The best part is that it’s totally FREE. Make sure to RVSP on our Facebook event page so we can save you some cake! 

    Even better news: The fun doesn’t stop at our Launch Party. From Monday May 9th and beyond, the Youth Space will be open 5 days a week for youth to connect, create, and innovate. All activities in the space are decided on, and led by youth. From poetry slams and open mic nights, to screenprinting and movie making projects, to life skills or cooking workshops, or even just coming in for hot chocolate and a place to do homework or hang out, the Youth Space is the place to be. We can’t wait to see you all there!

    The Youth Collective is beyond excited to finally re-open the Youth Space again, and provide a safe, sober, and inclusive space that is for youth, by youth. We want to say THANK YOU to everyone who has volunteered with the Collective, shared their skills and passions with us, and supported us at community events. 

    We’d also like to say another huge thank you to our generous donors:  Peace Arch Hospital Foundation for funding the Youth Space Organizer and Youth Intern position who make sure the day-to-day running of the Space goes smoothly, supporting the development of the youth-driven programming and securing funding to keep things hip and happenin’.

    Coast Capital Savings, for funding the Kitchen Table Drop-in Project for Youth ages 16-24 transitioning to adulthood.  At the Table, youth and community meet in an informal environment to reduce isolation and connect those in need with those that can help. Through building relationship and increased access to resources the Kitchen Table Drop-in fosters youth mental health and wellness.

    It’s an honour to have you all believe in our mission, and what the Youth Space can achieve for South Surrey/White Rock. It’s your encouragement and support that inspire us to continue working towards positive change in our community.

    I’m sure you have questions – if you’re interested in learning more about the events and activities happening in the Youth Space, getting involved with the project, or just want to say hi, hit us up on Facebook: fb.me/sswryouthspace, or shoot us an email at youthcollective@alexhouse.net. See you all soon! 

 Kiko Kung
on behalf of the Youth Collective

The Youth Space is located in Sunnyside Hall in Bakerview Park, 1845 154 St.

 

Youth in the South Surrey / White Rock area take on a lot in their day to day lives, like mental health issues, addictions, social isolation and boredom. The Collective’s mission is to bring community awareness to these issues, and tackle these challenges headfirst. To do so, they have taken charge with an innovative project, called The Youth Space, working to address the needs of youth by building their strength and creativity.

The Youth Space is a safe, sober, and youth-dedicated space for teens in the SS/WR community to hang out and have fun. It is an accepting space for youth to connect with others and express themselves in creative and positive ways. The space is developed, operated, and run by youth in the area, with support from Alex House and community partners.

The best part is that all activities in the space are decided on, and led by youth. In the Youth Space, youth get to try out DJ-ing, graffiti art, screenprinting, zine-making –you name it! On top of that, youth can attend workshops, poetry slams, open mic nights, or live shows by youth bands. There are also opportunities to connect with information, support, and resources. Feel free to drop by and say hello!

Sounds awesome, right? If you have questions or feedback, we’d love to hear from you. Hit us up at our Facebook page for all the latest news and updates: fb.me/sswryouthspace, or you can contact us directly by email at youthcollective@alexhouse.net or by phone at 604-538-5060 ext 28.

Our vision statement for the youth space is:

“An accepting, safe and sober space for youth to have fun, escape their worries and express themselves in a positive way.”

We envision the Youth Space to be a safe, welcoming and friendly place for all youth to create a real future for themselves. This is a space that is led by youth for youth; is a place to connect; gain life skills; to inspire and be inspired; to help youth discover their passions; develop leadership skills as we will be running the space; gain employment skills; get help for personal problems; plan events and activities; and connect with community.

The only way the youth space will be successful is if the youth are the ones leading it. Since many youth are skeptical about adults, they lack the trust that they need to change. But if a friend that is a youth says to them “hey, I know this really cool place where we can relax and meet new people” then the youth would feel more inclined to join their friend to this new place.

We will leave you with a quote that expresses the impact of the youth space project on one of the youth:

"The youth space has made a major impact on my life by giving me hope and helping me get back onto my feet. This project has helped many youth and I am glad to be a part of something so community based with healthy happy friends to help on this amazing journey. I do believe we will manage to find a way of making this exhausting yet beautiful journey into making a space for youth to be exactly who they want to be as well as save a few lives."

Thank you so much for all your support and encouragement. We will continue to work to create positive change in our community. 

Sincerely,

The South Surrey/White Rock Youth Collective

 

 

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