Youth centre block party!

NDYC hosted all-ages bash to celebrate summer last week.

At the Nelson and District Youth Centre you can grow your own food, jam out in the music room, go for a short skateboard and then spend some time working with a mentor on a variety of artistic endeavours.

And that’s just the beginning of what the staff have in mind for the community, according to program coordinator Stephanie Meitz.

“The square footage of this place is like 10,000 square feet — we’ve got an art studio, a music room, a kitchen — and it’s all being under-utilized. We’ve got a lot of really skilled people here with specific expertise and qualities, and we’re trying to get more people through the doors,” she told the Star.

Meitz’s team includes skateboarder Glen Rowley, dancer Nadia Abdella, singer Naomi Cromwell, outreach worker Bonnie Talbot and practicum student Merope Chappel — who led a program for kids where they sourced local products and learned how to make their own food.

Over the summer there will be yoga classes, art camps, dance classes and mentorship opportunities. And this week to kick off the season they blocked off the street to host the School’s Out Dance Party!

“One thing I really like about being here is I got the chance to define my own role,” said Cromwell. “I really want to focus on mentorships, because there’s lots of artists and musicians I know in the community who want to work with youth — and not in a formal, lesson-y kind of way, but more like a teach-by-example way where you share your passion.”

One thing under discussion is the name and logo of the centre, which are slated to be rebranded.

“As long as the community and the youth have input into what the name is and what it’s going to look like, I think that will be really fun,” said Meitz.

 

Just Posted

Kaslo bus fueled by vegetable oil to begin service next month

Mountain Man Mike’s will run routes to Vancouver and eventually Edmonton

Nelson to send two musicians to provincial Festival of The Arts

Lucas Alexander and Nico Bucher will compete in Chilliwack later this month

Police investigating felling of old cedars at Cottonwood Lake

One of the cedars was 300 to 450 years old

Safe boating event planned in Nelson on May 25

The event coincides with the National Safe Boating Awareness week

Kelowna RCMP interrogation video brings home reality in ‘visceral way’: former TRC chairman

Video of Mountie interrogating young Indigenous woman disclosing sexual abuse under fire

B.C. ferry stops to let black bear swim past near Nanaimo

Queen of Oak Bay brakes for wildlife in Nanaimo’s Departure Bay

Mother dead, child in critical condition after carbon monoxide poisoning at Shuswap campground

The woman was found unresponsive insider her tent and the youth was taken via air ambulance to hospital

Canada’s parole officers say correctional system has reached breaking point

About half of Canada’s federal parole officers work inside penitentiaries and correctional institutions

Montreal researchers create audible hockey puck for visually impaired players

Three years ago, Gilles Ouellet came up with the idea for a puck that makes a continuous sound

Former B.C. Greyhound bus drivers head to Penticton for goodbye party

Big bash runs until Sunday, funded by drink cans left behind on busses over the years

Boy, 12, arrested after allegedly pulling a knife on another child at a Surrey park

The child was later released into his parents’ custody as Surrey RCMP continue their investigation

Full-scale search underway for missing kayaker on Okanagan Lake

Kelowna Paddle Centre member Zygmunt Janiewicz, 71, failed to return from his ‘daily kayak’ on the lake

ICBC urging drivers to slow down this May long weekend

Speed is number one cause of car crash fatalities: ICBC

Most Read