Volunteer mentors needed for recreation pilot project in Prince Rupert

The Recreation Department from the City of Prince Rupert and the Prince Rupert Friendship House are calling out for mentors/volunteers to help support a pilot project’s success for youths this summer.

The Recreation Department from the City of Prince Rupert and the Prince Rupert Friendship House are calling out for mentors/volunteers to help support a pilot project’s success for youths this summer.

The pilot project will be for youths in the community looking for something to entertain themselves on Friday evenings. Organizers are hoping to start the project on Friday, July 8 from 9:30 p.m. until 11:30 p.m. with weekly events running until the end of summer.

“It’s a pilot project for now. If we do get the interest we’re hoping to get, we will look at adding others nights,” said Rudy Kelly from the Recreation Department, who says organizers hope the project will receiving helpful input from the youth in attendance.

“We want this to be driven by youth,” he explained, mentioning that various rooms in the Civic Centre will be opened with different activities going on in each to see what is popular amongst the group.

Additionally, organizers handed out surveys at the Friendship House; Youth Hub to seek advice from hub members.

For the pilot to be successful mentors/volunteers from the community are needed. People wishing to lend their time will have to have a criminal record check done beforehand. People with a variety of different interests are encouraged to spare some of their time.

“If someone’s thing is floor hockey, or basketball, or any sort of activity that they have a little bit of an interest in, or some coaching back round…They could be there to support the youth and be involved with them and teach them a few things,” commented Kelly.

Anyone who wants to help the youth project, and has some spare time and patience is encouraged to contact Rudy Kelly at 250 624 6707 or email him at rudy.kelly@princerupert.ca.