YMCA celebrate 100 years
A new resiliency tool kit to help Mid Canterbury kids was launched on Friday night, as the YMCA celebrated 100 years of delivering its services in Mid and South Canterbury.
A cocktail party was held at the Ashburton Trust Event Centre to mark the milestone, but YMCA Mid Canterbury manager Poppy Cooper-Vear said it was about more than just the centenary. They celebrated three things – the centenary, the launch of the new tool kit, and the release of a new youth survey.
‘‘We launched a resiliency tool kit which is about equipping our young people with the tools in order to bounce back from whatever life throws at them.’’
A facilitator has been employed to work with schools in Mid Canterbury and engage with young people about making good decisions around things like drugs and alcohol, sexual relationships and social media. It’s about working with young people on their level.
It’s a programme that’s exclusive to YMCA Mid and South Canterbury and has been running in South Canterbury high schools for some time. Now it will be available to Mid Canterbury year 9 to 13 kids too.
At the same time, a new youth survey aimed at 12 to 24 year olds was launched and young people are being asked to complete and share it. The link to the youth survey can be found on the YMCA’s Facebook page, or on their website.
‘‘This week is Youth Week, and the theme is ‘Our Voices Count, Count Our Voices’, so this youth survey is all about acknowledging that young people do have a strong voice,’’ she said.
The function was the start of a busy weekend which included the YMCA’s national convention in Timaru on Saturday.
YMCA Mid and South Canterbury celebrated their centenary with a cocktail function in Ashburton on Friday night,