YES Project drive begins

The Community Foundation of the South Okanagan is launching a public fundraising campaign for Penticton’s new youth centre, headed up by long-time resident and business leader Judy Lloyd.

With the foundation taking possession of 501 Main St. on Jan. 15 and the City of Penticton on board with $400,000, the nonprofit has more than $900,000 contributed towards its $3M goal.

“We are very pleased by the support from the City of Penticton because it shows that Council has been listening to our young people in their work with the YES Project,” said Lloyd.

“Our youth know what they need and they have been telling us for five years that a centralized hub of resources will make it easier to access mental health resources.”

The centre will be a one-stop shop for youth providing resources and support for mental, physical and sexual health, and addictions. It will also serve as an access point to other social, psychological and recreational resources for young people.

The concept has been endorsed and supported by more than 20 local youth-serving organizations.

“The saying that ‘it’s takes a village to raise a child’ has never been more true,” said Lloyd. “All young people deserve to thrive and today many of our youth are not thriving. We can’t stand by and watch it happen, expecting someone else to solve the problem. Our youth have spoken and our service providers agree. We need this youth centre. It’s up to all of us to help make it happen.”

For more information about the Youth Centre or to make a donation contact [email protected]

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