Submitted by Alison Bortolon
Center manager

The Summit Youth Hub is expanding its reach this summer by taking the Youth Centre on the road. Starting the week of July 5, the Youth Centre will be stationed in Edgewater every Tuesday from 6 to 9 p.m., and in Canal Flats every Thursday from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Community Park. Additionally, the Youth Centre will be opened Wednesday thru Friday in Invermere. This project aims to allow youth who are located in rural communities access to free programming.

The Youth Hub will bring its mobile skate park, outdoor games, music and offer a free BBQ each week. Snack Packs are also available for those in need. This program is an expansion of the previous year’s Snack Box for Kids program.

As addressed in the 2020 Community Youth Summit, youth throughout the Columbia Valley feel that both access to transportation and access to free or affordable activities is a huge gap in our region. The Summit Youth Hub is addressing these concerns by bringing the Youth Centre to these communities, allowing access to food and programming.  

This project is possible through the tremendous support from our community. Thank you to the Panorama Foundation, the Columbia Valley Community Foundation, Walker’s Repair, Syndicate Boardshop, the Rotary Club of Invermere, and the Columbia Valley Food Bank.