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YOUTH SPACE UPDATE
Summer has come and gone, and the school year is upon us! The Youth Space was ready to start the new season with a Summer Bash and our 3rd annual Queer Prom, and had a great time! As the summer vibes were with us, we had a lot going on with new activities such as tie-dye in the park, splatter paint, out trips to Camp Alexandra for Neighbourhood Fun Night, and of course lots of BBQs.
Throughout the summer we have had the great support of a wonderful volunteer, Darlene P. to help lead our Food Rescue initiative, with the support of youth and the generous contributions of Natures Fare Market and Sources Food Bank. With the help of Darlene and the groceries provided by Natures Fare, we have been able to rescue lots of items and get creative in the kitchen.
Our resident DJ Cuzo, aka Jordan, has been mixing the tables all summer long with youth to teach them the skills of DJing.
As September is upon us, The Youth Space is excited to see more youth back from holidays and back in school. The Youth Space Youth Collective is back in session in the fall.
The Youth Collective is a youth led group that meets weekly. Youth have the chance to represent themselves and share their voices to affect what happens at the Youth Space. Youth involved with the Youth Collective, get to share their ideas, plan for events, decide on policy changes, and have the bonus of having volunteer hours for attendance. If you are a youth, or you know a youth that wants to make a difference, the Youth Collective is the group to join.
We wish all the students returning to school a wonderful start to the school year and thanks everyone for a wonderful summer!
To find out more and stay up to date on the news and events, check out our Facebook: fb.me/ss-wryouthspace, Instagram: @sswryouthspace or check out the Youth Space website: www.theyouthspace.com
Feel welcome to shoot us an email at: firstname.lastname@example.org. Look forward to seeing you all soon!
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
Halloween is a festive event and with the valued input of the youth driven Youth Collective group we hosted an exciting Halloween bash. It was a day with lots of candy and the youth were able to plan and enjoy a scavenger hunt, a piñata full of candy, a creative costume contest and a movie night.
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