Forum will examine ways to support youth

Summerland youth forum Centre Stage SADI Asset Development Initiative

A  forum on Tuesday evening will examine ways to strengthen the bridges between youths and the rest of the community.

“We’re looking forward to engaging the community in the important discussions of asset building for our youth,” said Connie Denesiuk, one of the event organizers.

Around a dozen years ago, similar discussions were held  as the community examined ways to provide youth with assets such as support from the community and a strong set of personal skills.

The result of the discussions then was the creation of the Summerland Asset Development Initiative, which now operates the Unity Youth Centre.

Keith Pattinson, the presenter when the original discussions were taking place in the late 1990s, will be the keynote speaker at the Tuesday forum.

Denesiuk said the meeting is needed because the youth and their needs have changed over the years.

“We have a whole new group of young people and a whole new group of seniors,” she said. “It’s time to re-establish these connections.”

While children and teens receive a strong level of support, Denesiuk believes more is needed.

“Let’s build up all the kids,” she said. “This isn’t just about the high-risk kids; this is about all the kids.”

She said the schools do a great job, but the schools only have the students five hours a day, 200 days a year.

“Five hours isn’t enough. They need support in their homes, in their communities and in their clubs.”

The programs offered by SADI are also valuable, but Denesiuk said the entire community needs to engage with the youths.

The forum will be held Tuesday, Oct. 25 from 7 to 9 p.m. at Centre Stage Theatre.



Just Posted

Controversial anti-abortion film to be screened in Penticton

Unplanned will be shown at the Penticton Landmark theatre

Monster Truck action returns to the Okanagan for a second night

From 6 until 7 p.m. you can meet the drivers and get a close up look at the trucks

Update: Coroner investigating after body recovered from Okanagan Lake

Penticton fire department assisted the RCMP with the recovery of a body Saturday

Mix of sun and cloud for the Okanagan-Similkameen Shuswap

Chance of showers for much of the region this afternoon

3 dead, 2 missing in northern B.C: Here’s what we know so far

Lucas Fowler, 23, and his girlfriend, Chynna Deese, were shot and killed on July 14 or 15

VIDEO: Young couple found dead in northern B.C. had been shot, police say

Chynna Noelle Deese of the U.S. and Lucas Robertson Fowler of Australia were found along Highway 97

Pot shop to open doors Saturday in Lake Country

Starbuds will be one of B.C.’s largest private cannabis stores

VIDEO: Man found dead near B.C. teens’ truck could be linked to a double homicide

RCMP said they are looking for Kam McLeod, 19, and Bryer Schmegelsky, 18, of Port Alberni

Family of missing B.C. senior with dementia frustrated with situation, heartened by community support

Nine days since Grace was last seen the question remains: ‘How can an 86-year-old just disappear?’

Fast-paced South Okanagan fundraiser guaranteed to thrill

Area 27 motorsports club members are offering the ride of a lifetime in support of OSNS

RCMP track down vehicle used in South Okanagan hit and run

Penticton RCMP are asking for any witnesses to a hit and run incident to come forward

Okanagan-Shuswap weather: cloudy, showers, thunderstorm risk expected

Environment Canada is calling for a risk of thunderstorms and showers across the Okanagan today

Wrestling legend finds his wedding dance groove in the South Okanagan

Professional wrestler Chris Jericho posted on social media that he was in Penticton recently

Most Read