Local youth enjoy the food at Gerri’s Gelati / Leo Burrito’s at the first event for the youth action committee this past September.

Youth network events this October

Columbia Valley youth association hosts events across the Valley

Pumpkin carving, Halloween parties and more are on the upcoming calendar for the Columbia Valley Youth Network.

Youth living from Canal Flats to Spillimacheen have more to do thanks to the new Columbia Valley Youth Network. Coordinator Angela Miller brought together the Valley’s youth in a series of meetings this past September to gauge what youth want to see for programs and activities in each community. Over a series of seven meetings, a combined total of 97 youth showed up to share ideas with Ms. Miller, play games, eat pizza, and get to know each other more.

“This was great to see that the youth are so eager to give input, and they are excited and watching to see what is coming up next,” shared Ms. Miller. “It was a great response.”

The youth in each community, ranging from 12 to 18 years old, expressed different ideas for what they would like to see happen for youth in their community. Ms. Miller is now working through how to bring the ideas to fruition to each community. But there were some general, overarching issues raised.

“It’s hard with transportation, I’m finding, because they don’t have transportation to access some of the activities in Invermere,” said Ms. Miller. “So, they’re asking for things to be closer and more accessible to them.”

The youth network team is still looking for more input before putting together more concrete plans for each community. To that end, there will be a survey going out to youth at the end of this month so they can vote on which activities and programs they want to see in their own Community, Ms. Miller explained.

In conjunction with the Youth Network kickoff, Ms. Miller put out the call for youth to design a logo for the newly formed network. Several submissions were sent in before the cutoff date of October 15th, and the logo will be unveiled soon.

The youth network, which is funded through the Columbia Basin Trust, managed by the legal entity, Family Dynamix and supported by the Columbia Valley Youth Network Oversight Committee comprised of representatives from community agencies and local interested individuals.

The pumpkin carving activity will be rotating throughout the Valley, with the first session in Canal Flats on Monday, October 23rd from 4:30-6 p.m. at a location to be announced. Fairmont’s will be Wednesday, October 25th at the Fairmont Fire Hall from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Thursday, October 26th from 4-5:30 p.m. will be at the Edgewater Fire Hall and Friday, October 27th from 2-3:30 p.m. at the Radium Fire Hall. The final pumpkin carving session will be in Invermere Monday, October 30th from 4-5:30 p.m, location to be announced.

The Halloween costume party will be Saturday, November 4th at the Columbia Valley Centre from 7-9:30 p.m. Transportation to and from Canal Flats and Spillimacheen will be available.

For more information, check out ‘Columbia Valley Youth Network’ on Facebook, #cvyouthnetwork on Instagram or email thecolumbiavalleyyouthnetwork@hotmail.com.

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