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Vol.3 #2

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T echnology is growing each and every day! Youth centres across Canada have to stay up to date on the latest technology to keep youth engaged and excited about programs. Where can we find kids the most? On their phones! Through social media apps and the internet, this is where we can reach out to our youth. Chantal Berube Youth Centre in Beaumont, Alberta, has recently launched their youth centre app for members! CBYC offers a free membership to youth but has found this app to be the best way to reach them. From notifications and updates to rewards and nominations for awards, the Chantal Berube Youth Centre App has everything the centre needs to interact with its youth. So how does it work? Youth can download the app to their smartphones or iPads and request an account. If they use just the guest account they will only have access to information about the centre. The staff can monitor who has an account, allowing the app to stay safe. Once the youth have signed up they will receive notifications on what is happening at the centre! If they attend these events the staff can distribute rewards through the app, which youth can build up to exchange for prizes. The notifications are also perfect to make youth aware of current health and wellness information. Aside from these functions, the app also includes information on the centre and its sponsors. Local events and resources can also be at the fingertips of the youth. This will prove beneficial for youth who find difficulty in reaching out to adults for resources. Nominations for the Chantal Berube Memorial Fund Youth of the Month award are also collected through the app! Staff at CBYC are trained to modify the functions and follow the analytics of the app. CBYC now has the capability to expand this app in any way they see fit to benefit their youth members. So far the app has proven to be a great addition to the centre! You can find the app at apple.co/2zu1WMp 22

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