Free Youth Activities
Providing more accessible, free and low cost activities for Penticton’s youth year around is one of The YES Project’s main goals.
To help ensure there are free things to do all year in Penticton, YES is doing three things:
1) Partnering with youth organizations throughout the city to help fund their sports and recreation activities so that youth have increased access and participation;
2) Funding a “youth outreach worker (YEW)” position to be available in Penticton throughout the year to offer a range of support for young people;
3) Creating a youth currency (YES bucks) for youth that can be used towards various activities and items at participating businesses throughout Penticton.
Youth are invited to join a committee overseeing Free Youth Activities. This committee is dedicated to organizing different events, activities and outings for youth. If you are interested in getting involved email firstname.lastname@example.org. There is no minimum commitment requirement. Everyone is welcome!
Wondering how this committee started? Here is some back info.
2013 research findings from the Youth Esteem Strategy indicated the need for a greater and more diverse range of free or affordable activities for youth, to occur in the evenings and throughout the year, with special attention to the summer months when school is out. These activities would help to increase positive self-esteem for young people, offer alternatives to using drugs or alcohol, and contribute to crime prevention efforts. Research has shown that participation in sports and other peer-based activities builds self-esteem for youth, increases stress management skills, and decreases depression. Read the full report here.
 Freidlander et al., 2007; Brown, 2002; Babiss and Gangwisch, 2009 as cited in Woodruffe, 2013.