By Steve Hubrecht
A Columbia Valley organization dedicated to helping youth has been nominated by the local school district for a B.C Principals’ and Vice Principals’ Association (BCPVPA) Partnership Award.
Rocky Mountain School District 6 nominated the Summit Youth Hub for the award, citing the organization’s many programs and long history of helping out.
“The Summit Youth Hub plays an integral role in our community connecting youth and families. Kelsey Prichard (Summit Youth Hub director and program coordinator) and her team of youth care workers focus on building resiliency skills; they guide youth through emotional and self-regulation strategies, (and) teach problem-solving and communication skills, all of which align with the CORE Competencies of the B.C. Curriculum,” David Thompson Secondary School vice principal Lisa Tenta told the Pioneer. “The ultimate goal of the Summit Youth Hub is to support youth of the Columbia Valley to grow into healthy adults. The principals and vice principals of School District 6 are honoured to recognize the Summit Youth Hub for its outstanding community partnership.”
In nominating Summit Youth Hub, School District 6 pointed to initiatives such as the hub’s Food Insecurity Project; its encouraging of youth to volunteer at community events and fundraisers; and its collaboration with local schools to provide an eight-week mental wellness series.
Through the summer Food Insecurity Project classrooms at J.A. Laird Elementary School collected 100 pounds of snacks through a food drive, School District 6 parents donated several hundred pounds worth of fresh produce, and 115 lunch bags were packed and delivered to all communities throughout the valley.
The mental health and wellness series helped local Grade 4 to 7 students understand how to define mental health, recognize warning signs in themselves and friends, understand ways to maintain mental wellness and self-care practices, and understand how to access relevant services at school and in the community. Part of the series included drop-in yoga sessions at lunchtime in local elementary and secondary schools, which saw more than 80 local students participate.