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Penticton youth centre one-third of the way towards fundraising goal

YES Youth Advisors get a sneak peak inside the new youth centre building on the announcement that more than $1 million has now been raised. From left to right: Mona Huang, Sarah Wood, Hussain Sattar, Amberlee Erdmann (YES Project Coordinator), Noelle Ferguson, Victoria Ritchie, and Leanne Yew (Youth Engagement Worker)
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January 04, 2018 - 2:43 PM

PENTICTON - Penticton’s proposed youth centre moved a giant step forward in the past month as funds flood in for the initiative.

One month after the launch of a fundraising campaign to raise $3 million to buy the property at 501 Main Street for the youth centre, $1 million has been raised, according to a Community Foundation of the South Okanagan-Similkameen media release issued today, Jan. 4.

Grade 11 student Sarah Wood, who is a Youth Engagement Strategy steering committee member, says they appreciate every donation and can’t wait for the future of the youth resource centre to open.

“We aren’t done yet, but being one third of the way to our $3 million goal after 30 days is fantastic,” fundraising chair Judy Lloyd says in the release.

The youth centre is intended to be a safe, youth-friendly place where young people can come for a range of resources and supports to help them grow in self esteem and become healthy adults.

The Community Foundation is scheduled to take possession of the building on Jan. 15. The building will also be home to Foundry Penticton, which is run by the Penticton and District Community Resources Society.

Donations of any size can be made online at the Community Foundation's website here, or by calling the foundation office at 250-493-9311.

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