New home for cen­tre

The Corn­wall Youth Cen­tre will start back up in Septem­ber

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - THE ISLAND - BY MAU­REEN COUL­TER mau­reen.coul­ter@the­guardian.pe.ca Twit­ter.com/Mau­reenEl­izaC

The Corn­wall Youth Cen­tre will have a new home starting in Septem­ber.

A res­o­lu­tion was passed at the Corn­wall town coun­cil’s July meet­ing in favour of en­ter­ing a lease agree­ment with the West River United Church.

The youth cen­tre was pre­vi­ously lo­cated at East Wilt­shire In­ter­me­di­ate School, but that was only a tem­po­rary lo­ca­tion.

The pro­gram, which sees up­wards of 30 kids a night, will be held at least three days a week at West River United Church.

Corn­wall Coun. Jill MacIsaac said the town has been seek­ing a cen­tral lo­ca­tion and is thrilled to have found such a great space in the com­mu­nity for its youth.

“It’s just be­com­ing more and more pop­u­lar,” said MacIsaac. “I think when it is cen­trally lo­cated it will be a lot eas­ier for kids to ac­cess that lo­ca­tion in the com­mu­nity.”

The pro­gram will have dif­fer­ent things going on like youth talks and movie nights.

Snacks and Wi-Fi will also be avail­able.

The Corn­wall Youth Cen­tre was ac­tu­ally an ini­tia­tive brought in when MacIsaac be­came the chair for parks and recre­ation two years ago.

MacIsaac, who has two daugh­ters of her own, in­clud­ing a teenager, said she saw a need for a youth cen­tre in the com­mu­nity.

“I saw a lot of kids walk­ing around the com­mu­nity that just didn’t have a real place to go and hang out,” said MacIsaac. “I felt like they needed a place to safely spend time with friends and so­cial­ize.”

MacIsaac hopes to hire a so­cial worker or youth worker to run the pro­gram at West River United Church.

“I be­lieve that we need some­body who can also ad­dress dif­fer­ent is­sues the teens are hav­ing,” said MacIsaac.

“We need some­body who is ed­u­cated who knows how to re­spond prop­erly to cer­tain sit­u­a­tions.”

MacIsaac said the ini­tia­tive would not have been pos­si­ble with­out the hard work and ded­i­ca­tion of Kim Me­nier, man­ager of parks and recre­ation, and the sup­port of mayor and coun­cil.

The pro­gram will start up some­time in the first three weeks of Septem­ber and will con­tinue school year round.

MacIsaac said she al­ways wel­comes feed­back from youth and hopes to even­tu­ally ex­pand it to in­clude a sum­mer pro­gram as it con­tin­ues to grow.

“We al­ways wel­come more in­for­ma­tion from youth as to how we can help them fa­cil­i­tate a healthy en­vi­ron­ment where they can so­cial­ize and hang out and be kids.”

For more in­for­ma­tion, visit www.corn­wallpe.ca.

“I saw a lot of kids walk­ing around the com­mu­nity that just didn’t have a real place to go and hang out. I felt like they needed a place to safely spend time with friends and so­cial­ize.” Corn­wall Coun. Jill MacIsaac

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