Rossland Youth Action Network offers new program for young girls

Shameless is Rossland Youth Action Network's newest program and offers a safe space for girls aged 12+ to hang out.

The Rossland Youth Action Network has a new program for girls.

Shameless is for girls aged 12 and over, and takes place on Wednesday nights from 4:30 to 6 p.m.

“We just wanted to create a fun, empowering space for girls where they could hang out, ask questions, and learn through playing games, doing crafts, art and watching videos,” explains Kelly Woods, one of the program’s facilitators.

Woods and Sammantha Parrott are facilitating the program together, and started it just last week.

Shameless is the second program YAN has offered for female youth, the first being Girl Talk, which is for girls 14 and up on Wednesdays from 7 to 9 p.m.

Woods says they started Shameless so younger girls would have a space of their own.

“We just wanted to, you know, have a different space, because it’s tough when you’re teens,” said Woods. “Like 18-year-old girls and 12-year-old girls are just going through different things.”

This is the last week the YAN space will be open before the Christmas holidays, and for this week Girl Talk has been moved to Friday night from 6 to 8 p.m. for a special self-defense class.