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Vol.3 Issue 1

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JUNE National Aboriginal History Month (www.aadnc-aandc.gc.ca) Week of June 5 th : Canadian Environment Week First week: National Sun Awareness Week (www.dermatology.ca) 1 st : Intergenerational Day (www.intergenerational.ca) 5 th : World Environment Day (www.worldenvironmentday.global) 12 th : World Day Against Child Labour (www.un.org) 17 th : Fathers Day 21 st : National Aboriginal Day (www.aadnc-aandc.gc.ca) 27 th : Canadian Multiculturalism Day (www.canada.ca) JULY Third week: National Drowning Prevention Week (www.lifesavingsociety.com) 1 st : Canada Day 11 th : World Population Day (www.un.org) 21 st : Parks Day (www.parks-parcs.ca) AUGUST 9 th : International Day of The World's Indigenous Peoples (www.un.org) SEPTEMBER Big Brothers Big Sisters Month (www.bigbrothersbigsisters.ca) Third week: Learn @ Work Week (www.performanceandlearning.ca) 9 th : National Grandparents Day 10 th : World Suicide Prevention Day (www.suicideprevention.ca) 16 th : Terry Fox Run (www.terryfox.org) 21 st : International Day of Peace (www.internationaldayofpeace.org) 14 All in all, Maple Ridge has found that programming with youth is far more effective than programming for youth. Just see how this method worked for one youth of Maple Ridge: "Meet Elijah, a 15 year old youth who first came to the youth centre to use the skateboard equipment. Through a relationship built with staff he was encouraged to apply for the Mentorship Program. A more than successful applicant, Elijah has moved through the program over the past two years and is now a Senior Mentor who is supporting the leading of the program. Soon into his time with us we learned that Elijah and a number of other youth were very interested in filming skateboarding and other activities. One of our staff comes with a background in videography and so began the development of our film program. Elijah has been through the program and is now applying his skills of videography and leadership in the community creating short films for our community partners." - Maple Ridge Youth Services The Social Recreation Model has worked greatly for Maple Ridge over the last few years and continues to be effective. The youth centre sees over 100 youth on any given night of the week! The co-location concept has made such a diverse amount of opportunities available for programming and the youth. Social recreation and physical activity can provide so many positive benefits related to psychological and physical health, familial interactions, peer influence, academic performance and overall community health! The community has clearly come together to support their youth and make their voices heard, respected and considered. The youth of Maple Ridge "are not seen as lesser equals but allies" of their community! As Maple Ridge Youth Services continues to flourish, they are currently working on a building expansion to widen their opportunities. If you would like to learn more about Maple Ridge Youth Services and The Greg Moore Youth Recreation Centre check out www.mapleridge.ca/parksandrec or @gregmooreyouthcentre on facebook!

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