New Youth Council Takes Lead on Annual Youth Week Celebration

youth_week2 Community partners across Salt Spring Island are, once again, joining to support the youth of Salt Spring Island during the 24rd Annual BC Youth Week, running May 1 – 7.

Salt Spring Community Services with the Core Inn, along with PARC and the Rainbow Road Pool and the Salt Spring Island Library are joining to sponsor the week’s activities geared to build solidarity in youth, and to reinforce connections between youth and the broader community.

“An exciting new aspect to Youth Week this year is our newly formed Salt Spring Youth Council,” said Johanna Stiver, Program Coordinator of Salt Spring Island Community Services (SSICS). “It’s an opportunity for our youth to come out and meet once a month, plan events and collaborate on a vision of Salt Spring Island for youth of the future.”

Thirteen youth sat down over pizza on April 8th for the 2nd SSI Youth Council meeting at the Core Inn building on McPhillips, partially under the sponsorship of the Canadian Mental Health Association who provided some seed funding for the formation of the group.

The current project for the Youth Council is a film and photo contest that will showcase youth work during BC Youth Week May 1-7.

Viewing of the submissions for the public will be possible at an Open House at the Core Inn building during Youth Week on Thursday, May 3rd  between 3 and 7 PM at where winners will be announced and prizes from local sponsors awarded. Food has been donated by Country Grocer.

Rainbow Road Pool is hosting a Free Youth Swim at the Friday Night Madness on Friday May 4th from 6:30-8:30 PM while the Salt Spring Library will be drawing for and donating a mystery box of books for youth.

The new Salt Spring Youth Council is seeking creative and motivated youth between the ages of 14-21 who are looking to make a difference in their community. Council participants will help create, organize and support various youth centered activities, projects, events and more.