Medicine Hat’s Be Youth group par­tic­i­pat­ing in Al­berta-wide bot­tle drive

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The Hat’s Be Youth is par­tic­i­pat­ing in the prov­ince-wide Great Prairie Bot­tle Har­vest to­day, where it will be col­lect­ing empty bot­tles to raise money for its pro­gram­ming.

“The funds will come back into our youth cen­tre,” said Jill Forsythe, Be Youth’s co-or­di­na­tor.

Be Youth typ­i­cally of­fers free pro­gram­ming six days a week, she said.

Some of the pro­gram­ming the cen­tre of­fers for youth in­cludes a sup­per pro­gram Tues­days and Thurs­days, brunch on Satur­days, pool lessons, skat­ing and var­i­ous field trips.

“We want to teach ba­sic life skills, like cook­ing, clean­ing and that type of thing, but (also) re­siliency, cre­at­ing a bet­ter sense of com­mu­nity with our youth, giv­ing them a big­ger voice in our com­mu­nity,” Forsythe said.

Be Youth will be col­lect­ing bot­tles from 1-5 p.m. in the Southridge and Saamis Heights neigh­bour­hoods.

It’s their first year par­tic­i­pat­ing in the drive, so there’s no spe­cific ex­pec­ta­tion of how many bot­tles they will col­lect.

“The sky’s the limit, re­ally,” said Forsythe. “We’ll just be col­lect­ing what­ever we can get.”

The Great Prairie Bot­tle Har­vest reached out to Be Youth to have them par­tic­i­pate in the drive, not the other way around, she added.

“They were just reach­ing out to dif­fer­ent non-profit or­ga­ni­za­tions and some youth-serv­ing or­ga­ni­za­tions to see who was avail­able and able to par­tic­i­pate,” Forsythe said.

Those who don’t live in Southridge or Saamis Heights and want to con­trib­ute can drop off their bot­tles at the cen­tre at 1021201 Kingsway Ave. in the af­ter­noon.

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