Youth Services

youth services logo v2big thingsAfter comprehensive collaboration with Squamish’s youth and partner agencies, the District adopted a Youth Strategy in late 2019.

what does this mean A key value of "Bring the Programs to the Youth" was identified and as such, programming should occur in places such as the new Youth Hub, neighbourhood centres, library, recreation facilities and schools. Youth also requested that the District and partner agencies expand programming, most notably in the areas of Arts & Culture, Wellness, and Leadership & Life Skills.

NEW YOUTH HUByouth hub exterior

A new Youth Hub will open in 2021 in the Buckley Building near HSSS with program and service delivery in alignment with the Youth Strategy. Unfortunately, the current Youth Centre building has deteriorated to the point that it is beyond its safe, usable life, and cannot remain open. This has been anticipated for some time now, and we knew that once certain repairs were required, the centre would need to close. Now, a costly plumbing issue has surfaced and addressing this issue will open up many other costly issues; so the building is at the point where it must close.

A planned transition out of the Youth Centre to other facilities is planned for Spring Break, 2020 (March 16). Our goal will be to minimize the impact to Squamish's youth programs by doing the following:

want to helpGive Squamish Youth the Bright Future They Deserve! Join the Squamish Youth Hub Capital Campaign and help raise $1.4 million.

Young people in our community need a safe space where they can not only meet up and have fun, but also find the help they desperately need. The new Squamish Youth Hub will provide a combination of recreational, educational and clinical programming for young people ages 12-24. It will be a safe place for youth to find the care, connection and supports they deserve.

mayors youth councilThe Mayor’s Youth Council (MYC) is an advisory board created by the District of Squamish in 2019 and is comprised of up to twenty Squamish youth aged 12 to 24. The MYC was created to provide youth civic leadership on Mayor and [City] Council initiatives such as climate action, community partnerships, arts and culture, and all youth services and programs.

Want to get involved? Email youthservices@squamish.ca for more information.

Follow us at @squamishtown for updates.

recreation youthStay tuned for programming updates as the District, Sea to Sky Community Services, Squamish Arts Council and community partners relocate existing services and  launch exciting new programs with a focus on arts, music, life skills and resources for all youth.

Currently, a variety of recreation programs are available for youth and can be viewed in our seasonal Recreation Program Guide.

To list a few, these programs include:

Outdoor Facilities for Youth

Squamish also features a public outdoor skateboard park next to the Youth Centre, and a BMX track and the SORCA Bike Skills Park at Brennan Park Recreation Centre.


Squamish Youth Engagement Strategy - YES

 

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