The Weird Science Program had their first day with the Red Deer College Science staff last week and everyone had a blast. The HYC staff and kids have been very excited about this new partnership program, courtesy of Actua and BGCC, and it doesn’t look like it will disappoint. This Wednesday is continuing the build up for Halloween with some safe but spooky dry ice experiments, a perfect follow up to last week’s slimy concoctions. A few more plans in the works are building volcanoes, special Christmas treats and some tech fun with Microsoft systems. A couple spaces are still open if you have a 9-12 year old with a curious mind – just stop by or give the HYC a call at 742-KIDS(5437).
The HYC drop-in program Spotlight, held on Mondays, that encourages confidence by improving reading and writing skills through fun activities and drama, is looking for guest readers. Anyone who enjoys reading to children and may have a flare for the drama or would just like to give a little back, is encouraged to volunteer. If Mondays don’t work, the Friday drop-in program has a slot that is open to the community for presentations, reading time or activities community members would like to teach the kids. Animal Haven will be coming in to do a presentation next month, and the members can’t wait. For the kids, having someone come in to talk to them about what their passion is, can not only be exciting, but it can open their minds to new possibilities.
The teen clubs, Torch and Keystone, with the Haunted House behind them for this year, are looking to fill up their community service calendars now. If you have an event that could use a helping hand with set up, take down or even just an odd job, don’t hesitate to call. Torch and Keystone are service clubs and each member is required to complete a set number of community service hours with in the club each year. These hours serve not only as work experience but teach responsibility, encourage self confidence, community awareness and involvement and help the members come together as a group. If you would like more information, feel free to contact the groups leaders/advisors, Melissa or Tamona, at the Youth Center.
Last, but certainly not least, the Youth Center was recognized at the Citizen and Business of the Year Awards Banquet last week. The Center was presented the Community Service Award for its long standing volunteer involvement and service to the Stettler community. Youth Center volunteers and staff had the privilege to attend the banquet, with three teens representing our Torch and Keystone Clubs. The opportunity for the teens to hear the incredible contributions that Glorene Ellis and Owen Blake have made to our community over the years was a great experience. We hope that this event will work to inspire them, as they are our community volunteers of tomorrow.
“In every community, there is work to be done. In every nation, there are wounds to heal. In every heart, there is the power to do it.” – Marianne Williamson