BGC Kawarthas Youth Centre celebrating 10 years

By Lindsay Advocate

Some of the youth and staff of BGC Kawarthas gather in the Warehouse Youth Centre, which marks its tenth anniversary later this month.

BGC Kawarthas is commemorating the tenth anniversary of the Warehouse Youth Centre with a celebration at the end of the month. There will be games, an open mic, and light fare to honour the decade of opportunities provided to youth in Lindsay and the surrounding area.

Since 2013, the Warehouse has been offering a variety of programs and mentorship to youth primarily between the ages of 12 and 18.

“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. “Whether sharing a game or playing pick-up basketball, creating music together, or gathering around the harvest table for daily meals, our youth grow their life skills, lasting friendships and access to supports for physical fitness, education, employment and other leadership roles,” says Christina Mabee, youth services coordinator,

To support the program, a limited edition T-shirt, designed by Warehouse youth Hailey Hartmann Harris, is available for pre-order. Proceeds will be directed towards the Warehouse. Interested purchasers can click here to fill out a form to have your shirt ordered from Renegade Apparel.

The anniversary party will take place Friday, Sept. 29 from 6:30 to 9:00 p.m., and doors open at 6. The party is exclusively for current and former youth, staff, volunteers and community partners. All are encouraged to RSVP for the gathering by clicking here. BGC Kawarthas expects other announcements of commemorations throughout the year, and the community can follow the BGC Warehouse on Instagram for further updates.

For more information, please contact William McGinn, Communications & Marketing Assistant, 705-324-4493 ext.  243 or by email at .

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