YMCA cel­e­brate 100 years

Selwyn and Ashburton Outlook - - YOUR PAPER, YOUR PLACE - ERIN TASKER

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.

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YMCA Mid and South Canterbury cel­e­brated their cen­te­nary with a cock­tail func­tion in Ash­bur­ton on Fri­day night,

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