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S ummer is a busy place for most youth centres from across Canada. Many youth centres have a surge in youth members looking for fun and excitement so it is difficult at times to run cost effective programs all the time. Here are some of the summer programs that youth centres are conducting this summer! Summer at YAK is coming in like a lion with youth volunteering at events throughout May and June like the Community Rummage Sale, Perth Kilt Run, and many more! June includes the first ever Perth Pride Dance for Youth held at YAK, which is followed by the Perth's first Pride Parade on June 14th! For more details on our events coming this summer and a full calendar for each month, visit our website www.yakyouth.ca! May 30th hits off bright and early with an E-Waste round up in the community, and more events back at YAK including a garage sale, open house, BBQ, and Pan Am Games! It will be YAK's first year anniversary of being a part of the E-Waste Initiative, and we can't wait to celebrate it with the whole community! Throughout July YAK will be hosting a daily Summer Camp filled with fun outdoor activities and wild adventures. Youth volunteers will represent YAK at the Strawberry Social at the Perth Farmer's Market on July 5th, and finally at the end of July, you can find YAK's booth at the Perth Stewart Park Festival. The Stewart Park Festival is on the 18th, 19th, 20th. The Music Festival brings one of YAK's biggest fundraisers of the year: the Great Toy Duck Race, which is made possible with the group effort of the Perth Lion's Club, Perth Civitan, and YAK. Tickets sell for $5.00 each with the three fastest ducks winning $500.00, $300.00, and $200.00. August rounds off with YAK face painting at the Perth Garlic Festival on the 9th and 10th, and you can find us at Smith's Falls Race the Runway on August 23! Field trips took place every Wednesday starting in July and running to the end of August. Field trips will include a morning of visiting a community member or local business and learning about their craft and entrepreneurism, followed by an afternoon of activities to get youth moving! The Regional Multicultural Youth Centre in Thunder Bay, Ontario is running their summer employment opportunities through YES Employment once again. The program offers youth a first time job experience through completing work at their centre. The Youth Council who have been a part of the centre throughout the year are hired as supervisors intended to pass along leadership training that they have learned though their time at RMYC. Their summer employment opportunity provides the youth with the necessary resources to organize existing programs as well as develop and implement new ones. This creates good work ethic, problem solving skills and leadership; the centre also provides other learning opportunities such as workshops for the youth workers. These include resume building and post-secondary options, as well as a chance for the program to be considered a co-op for a credit in high school. Throughout the summer they organize Girl Power and Band of Brothers; workshops that both run twice a week one for girls and one for boys. Both use recreation and education to stop stereotypes of each gender and increase self-esteem. BBQ's and surveys are also a fun aspect of the summer. In each of the housing projects in Thunder Bay the youth plan a BBQ with games, music and activities for the residents free of charge. At this same time, surveys are conducted to determine what the major issues in the neighbourhood are and how these problems can be alleviated. RMYC is now working on developing a parental board to help solve these issues with the help of those who live there. With their partnerships RMYC also conducts leadership workshops, conferences, orientations and events with Ka-Nah-Chi-Hih Solvent and Abuse Centre for Young Men, Thunder Bay Multicultural Association, Nishnawbe Aski Nation's Dennis Franklin Cromarty High School and CAHEP; as well as aid in various Pow Wow's and many other volunteer opportunities. It will be a busy summer for the youth who will be working here! Meghan Payment 13 2014

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