Rossland getting youth funding

Rossland youths will benefit from a new program from Columbia Basin Trust that will invest in services.

Rossland youths will benefit from a new program from Columbia Basin Trust that will invest in   services.

Rossland was one of the four communities chosen for the spring implementation of the Community Directed Youth Funds Program, along with Trail/Warfield, Kimberley and the Nelson area.

Six communities will begin the program this winter as well in the pilot program.

Jennifer Ellis, co-ordinator for Neighbourhoods of Learning, said this is a good opportunity to provide some youth programming to Rossland.

Ellis said, though, that the precise nature of that programming won’t be decided until they get an official go-ahead from Columbia Basin Trust.

“We help them plan a workshop in the community,” Ellis explained. “All of the stakeholders that supported it in the community get together with a bunch of youths and decide how the money should be best spent.”

She said that means an opportunity to increase youth programming and educational opportunities in Rossland.

She suggested it could possibly go towards community linked-learning or inquiry-based learning.

“We don’t know yet,” she said. “It’s a community decision so it’s a good opportunity as well for the community to have a dialogue about youth.

“It’s also an opportunity for all of us to sit down and say, ‘what do the youth of Rossland really need and what do they want?’”

The original submission for the funding was Oct. 31 for the spring funding date.

Ellis said that the Trust has been generous with their funding.

The funding is a total of $100,000 for four years.

Ellis said the next step is to have the community workshop.

“So we, the Neighbourhoods of Learning committee, and Columbia Basin Trust will sit and organize the workshop,” she said. “They provide the facilitators and we provide the venue.”

The 15 organizations that supported the application will be invited to participate.

The workshop also has to have at least 25 per cent youth participants.

Ellis estimates that the workshop won’t happen until the spring.

“Now that we’ve been awarded the funding as a community the community sits down and decides how to best use it,” she said.

The local organizations that supported the application are the School District 20, the City of Rossland, Teck, the Interact Club, the Rossland Skatepark Association, Red Mountain Resort, FortisBC, the Heritage Commission, KAST, the Golden City Days Committee, the Rossland News, Winter Carnival Committee, Rossland Real Food, the Sustainability Commission and the Historical Museum and Archives Association.

 

Just Posted

Rossland’s farmer’s market is wilting, but organizers hope to spur new growth

12-year-old market considered taking a year off, says manager

Police investigating man’s death in Winlaw

Foul play not established, but major crimes unit is investigating

Rossland Legion supports Skool Aid

Skool Aid assists low-income families in the Lower Columbia

Bilingual child care spaces coming to Castlegar

New daycare opening this summer will teach kids French and English

Motion calls on Rossland city council to recognize ‘climate crisis’

Andy Morel wants to raise awareness of urgent need for action by higher levels of government

New airline regulations bring compensation for tarmac delays, over-bookings

Some of the new regulations will roll out in July, while others are expected for December.

Kootenay man arrested and charged in 2015 murder

Nathaniel Jessup 32 of Creston has been charged with the second-degree murder of Katherine McAdam and offering an indignity to a body.

Scheer says it would take Conservatives five years to balance budget

Scheeraccused the Liberal government of spending $79.5 billion of previously unbudgeted funds

B.C. man, 30, arrested for driving his parents’ cars while impaired twice in one day

The Vancouver-area man was arrested after officers caught him driving impaired twice in one day

GALLERY: First responders in Fernie return baby owl to its nest

The baby owl’s inability to fly back to its nest prompted a rescue by first responders

More than half of Canadians support ban on handguns, assault rifles: study

Divide between rural and urban respondents in latest Angus Reid Institute public opinion study

Spring rain needed as B.C. sees one of the lowest snowpack levels in 40 years

Snowpack levels in B.C. recorded on May 15 were similar to those in 2015 and 2016

Theresa May to quit as party leader June 7, sparking race for new PM

The new Conservative leader will become prime minister without the need for a general election

B.C. man who fell off cliff returns there to rescue eagle from vulture attack

Nanaimo’s James Farkas, who broke his hip in a fall, saves eagle on same beach months later

Most Read