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Our House Youth Well­ness Cen­tre cre­at­ing aware­ness about it­self


For the past 18 months, Our House Youth Well­ness Cen­tre has been work­ing hard to trans­form the much-used youth cen­tre, both in­side and out.

And while the bones of the cen­tre have been un­der con­struc­tion, so have some of the pro­grams the cen­tre of­fers youth in the com­mu­nity.

An open house was held Nov. 14 to tell the com­mu­nity all about it­self.

Prior to the open house Jen­nifer Huskil­son, direc­tor for the cen­tre, said, “We are ex­cited to show off our cen­tre, spread the word about our great youth work and cre­ate new po­ten­tial part­ner­ships.”

She said there were a few pro­grams in par­tic­u­lar they’ve been look­ing for­ward to shar­ing with the com­mu­nity.

The Boyz Redefin­ing Boyz Pro­gram high­lights male youth.

“We of­ten fo­cus on girls and how hard it can be for them grow­ing up in this so­ci­ety ig­nor­ing the pres­sures and chal­lenges fac­ing our boys,” said Huskil­son.

The pro­gram was de­vel­oped in recog­ni­tion of th­ese unique chal­lenges to help boys as they de­velop their iden­ti­ties in to­day’s cul­ture, she said. The pro­gram al­lows boys to get to Our House Youth Well­ness Cen­tre has a list of cri­sis sup­ports that are al­ways needed to help in their pro­gram­ing that in­cludes free meals, cloth­ing and per­sonal items as well as food items for youth. They are in need of per­sonal items like pads, tam­pons, body wash, tooth­paste and win­ter cloth­ing. to­gether to talk about pres­sures they face.

An­other new pro­gram is the Paint ‘n Chat cre­ated to ad­dress the unique needs of young women and men be­tween the ages of 15 and 18.

“It en­cour­ages youth to ex­plore their true selves by giv­ing them a safe space, en­cour­age­ment, struc­ture and sup­port to dis­cuss and share their thoughts,” said Huskil­son.

Top­ics like con­sent, self re­spect and ex­plor­ing healthy re­la­tion­ships are dis­cussed on a weekly ba­sis.

“Th­ese top­ics will be tied into weekly group art les­sons to help fos­ter a re­la­tion­ship be­tween emo­tions and art,” said Huskil­son. The art that is cre­ated at the end will rep­re­sent their journey to­gether.

The pro­gram was funded by the Nova Sco­tia De­part­ment of Com­mu­nity Ser­vices.

The Our House Youth Well­ness Cen­tre is lo­cated at 54 King St.

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