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The Youth Space will be closed for planning January 13 - 24. Please check the Youth Space website for updates.

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To see the Wishlist and donation package, click here.

YOUTH SPACE UPDATE 

Welcome to the Youth Space!

    The Youth Space is a sober, safe, inclusive space serving youth ages 13-24 in South Surrey/ White Rock as a youth inspired, youth lead initiative. Over the past few months at the youth space there have been a variety of youth led activities including paint nights, family dinners, pumpkin carving as well as a Halloween bash. And on top of all of this, youth have been able to receive support and assistance from a worker with resume building, income assistance, housing support and connecting to community resources.

On Mondays the space is open for the youth collective as well as the food rescue program in partnership with Nature’s Fare. And during the week we have staff and volunteers working hard to prepare meals for the drop-in. If you are interested in cooking, and want a great program to volunteer with, please let us know.

The Youth Collective is a youth led group that meets weekly on Mondays from 4-5:30pm. Youth have the chance to represent themselves and share their voices to affect what happens at the Youth Space. Youth involved get to share their ideas, plan for events and decide on policies. If you are part of this meeting you will also get volunteer hours. If you are a youth and want to get involved either drop in on a meeting or let us know.

Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday we have regular drop-in from 3- 8pm. There is always lots going on and it’s a great place to come hang out with your friends. If you are looking for volunteer opportunities please feel free to contact the youth space to explore your options.

To find out more and stay up to date on news and events, check out our Facebook: fb.me/ss-wryouthspace, Instgram: @sswryouthspace or check out the website: www.theyouthspace.com

Feel welcome to shoot us an email at: youthspace@alexhouse.net.    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.

Sincerely,

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.

To see our video, click here.

Spotlight on Food at the Youth Space
   “The food you’ve been providing me has made a huge difference. Now with the money I’ve saved I’m able to get some of the nicer things in life. I’ve also got your recipes magnetized to my fridge.”
 – participant, age 22.

 

 

The Youth Space feels like a family, especially when we sit down to share a meal together. Screens off, everyone pitches in, and we get to explore different cultures through our plates and with special guests (community volunteers who help us cook and share their experiences with us.) January we’ll be celebrating Lunar New Year with dumplings from China.
    But the food has to come from somewhere. 
    We’ve begun a beautiful partnership with Nature’s Fare and every week they give us a few boxes of rescued food- food that is still edible, but because of some small imperfection -  a bruised peach / wrinkly peppers – was destined for the landfill. Instead now those bruised peaches and wrinkly peppers come to us, and we’re able to provide healthy, organic snacks to participants in the space, while reducing the amount of food that ends up going to waste. Some of the extras even go home with some of the youth and they’re able to stretch their dollars further.
    We also pick up weekly from Sources Food Bank where we receive bread, bagels and occasionally some sweets. 
    We couldn’t do it without our wonderful community partners, and it means so much to our “Youth Space Family.”
    We are always in need of culinary experts who are willing to donate time, food and kitchen supplies. If you’re interested in supporting us please contact Eva at youthspace@alexhouse.net or call or text 604-376-0582 (cell) or  778-545-9188 (office.)
    The Youth Space is located in Bakerview Park, at 1845 154 St.
To see the Wishlist and donation package, click here.