BGC Kawarthas Youth Centre Celebrating 10 Years
The BGC Kawarthas Warehouse Youth Centre has celebrated its tenth anniversary.
Since 2013, the Warehouse has been offering a variety of programs and mentorship to youth primarily between the ages of 12 and 18. Originally an actual warehouse, which is how the centre got its name, the rooms were originally used as storage for community partners.
“The number of youths attending this drop-in centre, which is located at the back of our facility on Lindsay Street near the outdoor basketball courts and new skatepark, has grown significantly over the years,” says Amy Terrill, Executive Director. “An average of 150 youth per week now come through our door, either on their own or by catching one of our buses from the high schools.”
With the support of local donors and foundations, the Warehouse provides a safe and welcoming space where youth can build confidence for life. “Sharing a game or playing pick-up basketball, creating music together, or gathering around the harvest table for daily meals,” said Christina Mabee, Youth Services Coordinator, “our youth grow their life skills, lasting friendships and access to supports for physical fitness, education, employment and other leadership roles.”
Last week’s Friday celebration involved an afternoon party of youth 12-18, and then an evening party with older BGC Kawarthas alumni returning after a hiatus from the Warehouse, and some donors.
“Over the years it has been open,” says Christine Borrowman, Director of Operations, “we are just so proud of all the staff that have really come to the table to make such big impacts with youth and the youth engagement back there is so positive and we just appreciate the community’s support and everybody’d support to make this a great place for youth.”