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2013-12-03 at MIDNIGHT

Council gets first look at youth strategy report

By Jamie Smith,
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The city has been given a million dollar plan to help its youth.

The youth services advisory committee presented its recommendations after two years of work Monday night. Along with a proposed youth centre, the plan calls for six satellite centres throughout the city to help with specialized programming. Past chair Gerrit Wesselink said in the consultation sessions done with youth there were a lot of gaps identified, especially with teens.

"The plan is truly youth driven and community supported," he said.

The committee has also used a pilot project at Victoriaville to see what youth would want. From recreational activities to mental health services, the centres would be there to help with whatever the city's youth need.

Councillor voted to accept the report, with full report is expected back in May of 2014.

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FreshNew Faces says:
That is awesome! The city will get a million dollars to help out with 6 youth centres. Not 2.5 million dollars plus $300,000 +++ every year for ONE centre. And I am assuming that it is geared for just youth.. ALL youth and nothing more. I think that this is a great idea! Also these youth centres should be located EVERYWHERE in the city. From low, middle, upper-middle to high class neighborhoods.
12/3/2013 12:56:21 AM
gremlin says:
First off, what does "city has been given a million dollar plan" even mean? Did the "plan" cost a million dollars, please explain?

Secondly, is this proposed "youth centre" in addition to the one mentioned last week for the Prosvita Hall area?

Third, can someone enlighten me to how many other "youth centres" we already have within the city?

Fourth, since when did "youth have so much say in what the city should provide them"? Are they "property tax payers"?

Fifth, I can come up with numerous ideas for our youth if they're so bored. If they're 15 or older they could get a part-time job. They could also do volunteer work. They can get involved with a sport or arts program.
12/3/2013 2:03:59 AM
Hopper says:
Get over your weird idea that the only humans who matter are property-tax paying citizens.
Furthermore get off your butt and do some research yourself instead of waiting for people to come to you with answers. Go to a council meeting. Go talk to a youth leader. Get a clue about what's out in the real world.
12/3/2013 6:17:25 AM
RonnieBurrgandy says:
"Fourth, since when did "youth have so much say in what the city should provide them"? Are they "property tax payers"?"

So according to you, maybe we should shut down the schools as these children clearly are not paying property/income tax? There is nothing wrong with having these youth centres.
12/3/2013 6:44:11 AM
Tiredofit says:
I take exception to your forth point. Youth are tomorrow leaders and tax payers. This is a venture that is well with the money. Would you rather the roam the streets? Let's give them the additional skills the need. Poets encourage them to become tomorrow's leaders. I personally gained a lot from this type of activity in my youth and it helped keep me on the straight and narrow, and to become a productive member of society as well as a tax payer. The city has done a lot worse with a lot more money. As for the jobs you speak of, they are far and few between for 15-17 year olds. Sports these days are not cheap and not everyone can afford them and not every child is athletic.
12/3/2013 6:49:31 AM
Tbay99 says:
What ever happened to golf ol fanshioned PARENTING? I know sometimes this isn't possible but I why is the need for youth centers growing so rapidly? Perhaps if parents actuslly stepped up and didn't rely on taxpayers to raise their children none of this would be needed!
12/3/2013 7:35:43 AM
passlake says:
kids used to play outside with other neighbourhood kids. the outdoors were their youth center.

now, justified or not, some parents are terrified to let their kids play outside.. that or the kids just don't want to go out (since when is that a choice???)
12/3/2013 10:29:41 AM
Thecity says:
Opposition to a youth centre is near-sighted and unnecessary. Nobody is relying on the "taxpayers" to raise their children, get serious. By this mode of thinking , we should be outraged that streets exist, why they only benefit those with a car, abolish them. As a society, we have a duty to represent all members , and to provide appropriate programs. Because someone is not of working age does not discount them as a citizen, grow up people , there is literally no negative repercussion to investing in our city's youth.
12/3/2013 9:29:14 AM
Synical says:
Unfortunately, there are not a lot of activities here for teenagers that don't cost an arm and a leg. In the summer, we have community pools, but the rest of the year, what do they have? Movies, complex, bowling. Nothing that doesn't get expensive fast.

Providing recreation and activities is a part of a community's responsibility. These are the future leaders of this city, and I assume everyone wants them to be productive, responsible members of society.

Youth centers don't replace parenting, but you can't expect parents to do that 24 hours a day with teenagers. They don't want to be at home every evening with their parents. They want to go out with their friends. So give them safe options of places to go TO, or you'll be here in a few days complaining about teenagers running around the streets and up to no good.
12/3/2013 11:34:51 AM
feduptaxpayer#1 says:
Back in my day, you started working at the factory at age four for pennies a day, and you were glad for the opportunity! If you kept going for thirty years without getting uppity, you might get a couple cents' raise. These kids today don't want to work. It's all just gimme, gimme, gimme a youth center for free. Lazy bums.
12/3/2013 2:26:58 PM
FreshNew Faces says:
Hurry you still knoow EVERYTHING

12/4/2013 2:50:36 AM
Jeannied says:
That would make you what, about a hundred years old?! Great you can still use a computer.
Today however people call that child slave labor, and people also believe in nurturing children and encouraging learning and affection. Calling children who don't work lazy bums? That is pretty weird.
12/4/2013 8:26:41 AM
Dockboy says:
It's bad enough the parents hand them everything, so now the taxpayers have to?
12/3/2013 3:42:12 PM
gremlin says:
Hopper, Ronnie, Tiredofit:

WOW, "great logic & talk about excuses". Please don't run for political office. Its not the cities responsibility to "entertain kids & keep them out of trouble". That's where "you the parent comes in".

It's obvious with your limited thinking capacity that you need to read my first post a few more times.
12/4/2013 12:35:32 AM
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