Spotlight on youth activities in the Columbia Valley

Columbia Valley Youth Network update

By Celeste Goodhope

Family Dynamix

In October 2017, the Columbia Valley Youth Network asked that youth share their opinions with us in order to give them a voice on what types of programs and activities they would like to see started in the Columbia Valley. In total, 457 youth made their voices heard and there are many exciting programs starting up as a result of their input.

The Youth Network will focus on bringing activities and programs to the outer communities in the Columbia Valley to help make them more accessible and to bring a sense of community for the youth to each area. It is our belief that hearing the voices of the youth is important because the youth in the Columbia Valley are an amazing influence that will create an amazing future and we need to empower them to do so.

There are several activities taking place until March 31st, including Youth Night in Fairmont at Riverside Clubhouse on Wednesdays from 6 to 8 p.m. There will also be Youth Night in Canal Flats at the Civic Centre on Thursdays from 6 to 8 p.m. The activities taking place each week will vary. You can find out what is happening on our Facebook page ‘Columbia Valley Youth Network.’

Upcoming events will include art activities once a month in Invermere, as well as a games night in Windermere and Radium once a month. Dates have not been set yet for Invermere, Windermere or Radium. The events will be posted on Facebook once they are finalized.

March 2nd to March 4th, there will be a Youth Leadership Weekend at Blue Lake. This weekend will include team building exercises and leadership development providing youth with an opportunity to connect with adult community leaders who are available to assist youth in their development. The Youth Leadership Weekend is available to 45 youth from the Columbia Valley. Spaces are expected to fill quickly, so you are urged to register early. This is also an opportunity for Columbia Valley organizations to be involved in youth development and have a say in the future of the Valley. You can reserve a spot for your youth for Blue Lake or find out information on how your organization can be involved by contacting Angela Miller at 250-341-5216 or email columbiavalleyyouthnetwork@hotmail.com.

There is also an opportunity for youth aged 14 to 18 to apply to attend the Basin Youth Leadership Summit in Kimberley on May 4th to 6th. Learn more about the Basin Youth Leadership Summit and apply online by February 27th at ourtrust.org/youthsummit.

For more information on these programs, as well as other valuable youth related resources, follow our website www.columbiavalleyyouthnetwork.com, Columbia Valley Youth Network page on Facebook, or Contact Angela Miller at 250-341-5216 or email columbiavalleyyouthnetwork@hotmail.com.

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