Rossland youth hung out at the Youth Action Network Space during the fall reopening on Wednesday.

Fun for youth

The Rossland Youth Action Network Space reopened on Wednesday will lots of exciting new programs planned for the city's youth.

Rossland’s Youth Action Network Space reopened Wednesday after school, welcoming throngs of young people who were excited to check out the newly renovated space, make buttons, and just hang out.

Mike Kent, coordinator for YAN, said the turnout for the event was great.

“We had a wave of students come right after school, some of the younger students, and then the kids who [came later], there’s about 25 of them who showed up en masse, after an out trip that they’d done with their school,” he said.

The reopening marks the launch of YAN’s fall programming, which began on Thursday with the return of the Maker’s Lab, where kids can take on technology projects like the 3D scanner that was built over the summer.

Now that the scanner is complete, possible future projects include designing and building robots.

“We’re in communication with the Nelson Tech Club around the Robogames,”said Kent. “There’s already some youth who have expressed interest in being part of that, so they build a robot and they enter it in the Robogames that are happening in early 2016 at Selkirk College.”

The occasion was also marked by the Kiwanis Club presenting YAN with a check for $1000.

“I’d written them a letter of request for that, and they granted that to us to help us keep this place open,” said Kent.

While YAN relies on different grants to help fund its many youth programs, the bulk of its funding is from the Columbia Basin Trust (CBT).

Michelle d’Entremont, youth liaison for CBT, attended the reopening and was excited about the event.

“I’m actually very interested in getting the 3D scan figurine made of myself. That is a really amazing asset to the network,” she said of the 3D scanner.

As of Thursday afternoon, the YAN Space is once again open for after school drop in hours, 2:30 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Monday will be the return of Art Night from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., and Tuesday and Wednesday will mark the inaugural Music Night and Girl Talk respectively.

Music Night is 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and gives kids 12-18 a chance to stop in, jam and learn more about music.

Girl Talk is girls only, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., and offers space to talk or just hang out.

As if all that weren’t enough, Kent and the others at YAN are working on putting together even more programs in the future.

They’re even considering a cooking program, now that the space has a kitchen.

“Some kids are like, ‘You should do some cooking programs,’ which is great because part of our renovation was to put in a fridge, and stove, and some cooking facilities to be able to have that as an option,” said Kent.

 

Just Posted

Unusual case has Trail police asking for help identifying suspect

The man was caught on video surveillance at Trail City Hall

Rossland council agrees to finish skateboard park

Will cost taxpayers about $30,000 to complete project

Core funding to boost spending on tourism services for Rossland

Resort Municipalities grants will pay for a public washroom, better signage, and shuttle services

Passenger counts still rising at West Kootenay Regional Airport

Reliability rates also on rise in second quarter.

Third cannabis store in Greater Trail opens next week

The City of Trail has had six applications from non-medical pot retailers to date

VIDEO: Young couple found dead in northern B.C. had been shot, police say

Chynna Noelle Deese of the U.S. and Lucas Robertson Fowler of Australia were found along Highway 97

VIDEO: Man found dead near B.C. teens’ truck could be linked to a double homicide

RCMP said they are looking for Kam McLeod, 19, and Bryer Schmegelsky, 18, of Port Alberni

Latest plan is to fly trapped fish by helicopter over Big Bar slide

Multi-pronged plan set in motion to freesalmon blocked by landslide in the Fraser River

Family of missing B.C. senior with dementia frustrated with situation, heartened by community support

Nine days since Grace was last seen the question remains: ‘How can an 86-year-old just disappear?’

B.C. removes personal limits for bringing home out-of-province alcohol

Previous relgulations placed limits on the amount of liquor that B.C. residents could bring home

Unsealed record suggests U.S. man convicted of murdering Vancouver Island couple left DNA on zip tie in 1987

William Talbott is set to be sentenced Wednesday in the murders of Jay Cook and Tanya Van Cuylenborg

Okanagan Air Cadet challenges gender-exclusive haircut policy

Haircut regulation inspires challenge around gender identity

VIDEO: Bystander training gains traction as tool to prevent sexual harassment, violence

Julia Gartley was sexually assaulted after an event, and no one stepped in to help

Two brands of ice cream sandwiches recalled due to presence of metal

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency issued a recall on Iceberg and Originale Augustin brands

Most Read