YOUTH COLLECTIVE UPDATE
The youth space is a safe, sober and inclusive space for youth to create, connect and innovate. It’s run by youth for youth and there’s always something fun going on, even if that fun is defined as doing homework with your pals and free coffee.
Speaking of that, homework club runs on Tuesdays from 3:30-4:30, but don’t worry - there’s way more than that going on! We’ve had an Etsy workshop for young artisan entrepreneurs, button making, cookie baking, DJ lessons, a Halloween Spooktacular, writing classes and some folks have even laid down some tracks in our mobile recording studio.
We’ve got book club on the third Friday of every month starting at 4pm - December is the Hobbit, January is Wonder and February is the Perks of Being a Wallflower. On the first Friday of the month we’ve got photography club and you can brush up on all your skills to crush it on Instagram.
The Youth Space feels like a family, especially when we sit down to share a meal together. Screens off, everyone pitches in, and we get to explore different cultures through our plates and with special guests (community volunteers who help us cook and share their experiences with us.) January we’ll be celebrating Lunar New Year with dumplings from China.
Youth in the South Surrey / White Rock area take on a lot in their day to day lives, like mental health issues, addictions, social isolation and boredom. The Youth Collective’s mission is to bring community awareness to these issues, and tackle these challenges headfirst. To do so, they have taken charge with an innovative project, called The Youth Space, working to address the needs of youth by building their strength and creativity.
Our vision statement for the youth space is: “An accepting, safe and sober space for youth to have fun, escape their worries and express themselves in a positive way.”
We envision the Youth Space to be a safe, welcoming and friendly place for all youth to create a real future for themselves. This is a space that is led by youth for youth; is a place to connect; gain life skills; to inspire and be inspired; to help youth discover their passions; develop leadership skills as we will be running the space; gain employment skills; get help for personal problems; plan events and activities; and connect with community.
The only way the youth space will be successful is if the youth are the ones leading it. Since many youth are skeptical about adults, they lack the trust that they need to change. But if a friend that is a youth says to them “hey, I know this really cool place where we can relax and meet new people” then the youth would feel more inclined to join their friend to this new place.
We will leave you with a quote that expresses the impact of the youth space project on one of the youth:
"The Youth Space provided me with support and a sense of belonging in my neighbourhood. It became a type of relief for the disorder in my life and gave me an inclusive place to express myself… and I’m so happy I got to make all these cool friends who didn’t make me feel awkward and like an outsider."
Lastly, thank you so much to our dedicated volunteers, supportive community partners, and generous donors for all your support and encouragement. It’s an honour to have you all believe in our mission, and what the Youth Space can achieve for South Surrey/White Rock. It’s your encouragement and support that inspire us to continue working towards positive change in our community.
The South Surrey/White Rock Youth Collective