Although it was a challenging year and we had many set backs with programming at the Nakusp Youth Centre, we came out stronger and with more appreciation for the experiences we gain every day in the Nakusp and Area Youth Network.
This year, NAYN focused on moving programming online and coming up with alternatives to our various cherished programs that we could no longer host in person.
Sup Club was on hold for a while, but recently the NAYN coordinator decided to try online cooking classes and so far, youth have made tacos, pizza, spaghetti and have plans for future baking competitions.
Drop In transformed into a space for youth to come and express themselves outside of school, in the challenging times of the pandemic. Lots of snacks were eaten, art was made and music was listened and danced to.
Art Night became a beacon of light during COVID-19 and youth could count on weekly crafts and drawing classes to inspire creativity during confusing times.
As well, NAYN developed a new grocery donation program to families in Nakusp and the area in need of a little extra help. Our fantastic and generous funders were able to continue supporting the Nakusp and Area Youth Network, and in turn the youth network could support the community. Valuable work like this is why we do what we do. It makes us feel good. Helping others brings a tangible sense of accomplishment and gratitude to our lives.
Thanks to our generous funders and support system who include; Columbia Basin Trust, Nakusp and Area Community Forest, Nakusp and Area Community Foundation, Regional District of Central Kootenay, Save On Foods, Village of Nakusp, Nakusp Secondary School, Nakusp Elementary School, Nakusp Taxi and last but not least, all of the parents, volunteers, facilitators and of course, youth!
Here’s to a new year, new experiences, new challenges and barriers to overcome, and to a happy, healthy and exciting 2021.