Penticton will be hosting provincial Youth Week 2022 from May 1 to 7 to celebrate youth in the community and to draw attention to the issue of youth homelessness.
There will be a variety of activities and opportunities available for youth to take part in, such as cooking classes, art classes and Rent Smart training, a course which educates young people on how to maintain successful housing tenancies.
The feature event will be on Friday, May 6, from 3-7 p.m., at the Penticton Skate Park with a skate competition featuring three categories: scooter, beginner skateboarding, and intermediate skateboarding.
Friday’s event is family-friendly to the public and will have a barbecue meal sponsored by The Penticton Fire Department with pop, chips and hotdogs available by donation with proceeds going to youth homelessness initiatives in Penticton.
“Youth have had a challenging couple of years, and we need to show them it’s going to get better. They lost their sense of community and purpose. I want to remind them that they have so many people who care about them and want to celebrate them,” explained Melisa Edgerly, youth peer support supervisor at Foundry Penticton.
Edgerly has worked to bring together community partners and organizations to support the event. “I want this week to be a community wide celebration for our youth, not just the organizations arranging special events, but business, employers, families, community members.”