Sunday, March 11, 2012

Youth in Parks Initiative


I've only been on the water a few times the last two weeks, and in good ol' Caddy Bay, so there's not much to say about kayaking right now except that the beach is soooo much more private on cold days!
But an e-mail press release came to me from the Capital Regional District's parks program. There's a new program starting up, and the CRD wants their press release spread around to a lot of young people, so here goes:



Youth In Parks

Do you know youth who love parks?

The CRD, BC Parks and the Boys and Girls Club have teamed up for an exciting youth project in Southern Vancouver Island – the Youth in Parks Team!

We are looking for passionate young people (ages 13-18) in the Capital Regional District who want to share their love of parks and the outdoors with other youth and their community.

Joining the team will provide the opportunity to meet other like-minded youth, gain leadership skills and contribute to parks in your community! And of course . . . have lots of fun too!

All the details of the Youth in Parks Team can be found here: www.crd.bc.ca/youthinparks

First: The program starts off with a full day Youth Leadership Summit held at the Metchosin Outdoor Centre on April 22, 2012. Here, you and 40 other youth will spend the day doing outdoor activities, learning how to share your love of the outdoors, and maximizing your leadership abilities – all while meeting awesome like-minded people from all over the region!

Second: Between May and September, the Youth in Parks Team will meet monthly to learn more skills, continue to share your passion for parks, and work together to plan a fun youth-led outdoor event to be hosted in September. There will also be an opportunity for some members of the Team to become part of the Youth in Parks Advisory Council!

Third: Help host the Youth in Parks event in September! Invite your friends, siblings and other youth in the community to attend!

Interested? We’d love to have you participate! All you need to do is fill out the application form and provide an answer to the question “Why are parks important to you and your community?” in any creative way you’d like.

Submit a short essay, video, poem, art piece, song, anything really! It doesn’t have to be a masterpiece, we just want to see (or hear, or experience) your enthusiasm and commitment to becoming part of the Youth in Parks Team!

Applications are due March 25th at 9pm!

And join us on March 14th at 7 pm at the Boys and Girls Club (1240 Yates St., wheelchair accessible) for an information night to find out more!

Please forward this email to any young people who might be interested.

Thanks!

Karen Preston

Coordinator of Partnership Development

Capital Regional District - Regional Parks

490 Atkins Avenue Victoria BC V9B 2Z8

T: 250.360.3330 www.crd.bc.ca/youthinparks

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