YOUTH COLLECTIVE UPDATE
The Youth Space is a safe, sober, and inclusive space for youth in the SS/WR community. 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. The Youth Space is open 5 days a week for youth to connect, create, and innovate. From theatre performances and open mic nights, to DJing 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. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 778-545-9188.
The Youth Space is located in Bakerview Park, at 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 Youth 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.
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 provided me with support and a sense of belonging in my neighbourhood. It became a type of relief for the disorder in my life and gave me an inclusive place to express myself… and I’m so happy I got to make all these cool friends who didn’t make me feel awkward and like an outsider."
Lastly, thank you so much to our dedicated volunteers, supportive community partners, and generous donors for all your support and encouragement. 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.
The South Surrey/White Rock Youth Collective