Campaign starts for youth centre
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.