The Harold Simpson Memorial Youth Centre in Summerland. (John Arendt - Summerland Review)

The Harold Simpson Memorial Youth Centre in Summerland. (John Arendt - Summerland Review)

BGC Okanagan secures $10k grant for Summerland Youth Centre

Drop-in recreation programming will now commence at the centre twice a week

Youth in Summerland will soon have more recreational programs to participate in, thanks to a $10,000 grant from Rogers Communications.

BGC Okanagan (formerly the Boys and Girls Club), was listed as among the more than 70 charities and non-profits in Canada to receive the grant on Friday, Nov. 4.

A portion of the $10,000 will go to the Summerland Youth Centre, for the purpose of offering drop-in recreation programming two days a week for youth aged 13 to 18.

“It is critical that this program continues to be there for the young people outside school hours, giving them access to positive mentorship and opportunities,” said Kristy Butterworth, director of youth services at BGC Okanagan. “We are grateful to Rogers for their continuous support of BGC Okanagan.”

Officially referred to as the 2022 Ted Rogers Community Grants, money will be distributed to organizations across the country for people aged 15 to 29 in the areas of education, digital literacy, health, sport and entrepreneurship.

When funding has been available, BGC Okanagan says they’ve offered 482 services to 43 youth locally.

“By participating in a local youth centre, youth can feel a sense of community amongst themselves but also a greater connection to the greater community of Summerland as well,” Butterworth added.

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