Cam­paign starts for youth cen­tre

Campaspe News - - NEWS - By VIVIENNE DUCK

YO’ might want to con­nect with YoKon­nect.

Aim­ing to chal­lenge the stigma around youth, in­flu­ence com­mu­nity sup­port and cre­ate an en­vi­ron­ment where youth are val­ued, sup­ported and en­gaged, YoKon­nect has stepped into Rochester.

The one-woman com­mu­nity group is fresh into youth work but has a strong goal in mind.

“The end goal is to get enough sup­port and fund­ing for a youth cen­tre in the area,” owner and op­er­a­tor Jes­sica Twigg told Cam­paspe News.

“It is my start-up project and is re­ally fresh and ex­cit­ing for me as a sole trader,” she said.

Pop­ping up in eight dif­fer­ent towns within the shire, Ms Twigg hopes through sup­port, in­for­ma­tion and a sup­port­ive en­vi­ron­ment, youths will strive.

“It’s about the youths for the youths,” she said.

“YoKon­nect has been set up to get the in­for­ma­tion out there and pro­vide a sup­port sys­tem for youths as well as their fam­i­lies and friends.

“We also want to rally the com­mu­nity to get be­hind the cause and help raise funds to sup­port our push to get a youth cen­tre up and run­ning.”

Ms Twigg will hold in­for­ma­tion ses­sions in Fe­bru­ary for the youth and their fam­ily and friends to voice their con­cerns and needs.

“Once the groups are es­tab­lished, day-to-day YoKon­nect will in­cor­po­rate ac­tiv­i­ties to parks and fun things to do to­gether, as well as in­for­ma­tion ses­sions on grief and other is­sues,” Ms Twigg said.

“We will be there to point them in the right di­rec­tion.”

For more in­for­ma­tion, you can con­tact Jes­sica Twigg on 0401 189 660 or yokon­nect@out­ or visit the YoKon­nect Face­book page.

Mils Ben­cic, right, passes the ball to Mick Bell in a game at Rochester Bas­ket­ball Cen­tre in De­cem­ber 1976.

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