Youth Week coalition aims to improve awareness for programs

A recent report showed that Lethbridge has the highest child poverty rate in the province with nearly 20 per cent of children in Lethbridge living in low-income families.

United Way and the Youth Week Coalition aim to shed light on programs that are available for children and youth, and to encourage support for the local organizations that are committed to providing them at low, or no cost to families.

During the week, a variety of activities will take place at Youth Week partner organizations and other youth and family organizations in the community. Families and community members are invited to attend open houses, art classes, free drop-in activity programs and more to showcase not only the organizations and programs, but the importance of inclusion, opportunity and positivity for children and youth.

The week will cap off with a family-friendly BBQ at Galt Gardens on Saturday, May 30 from 11:00am – 3:00pm (weather permitting). The event is not exclusive to families and everyone is welcome to attend.

Entertainment at Saturday’s BBQ in the Park will include food, music, face painting, obstacle courses, games, art projects and more. Local vendors will be on-site with handmade goods and artwork for sale and guests are invited to learn more about programs available for children and families. All activities are free. A $3 donation is requested for items from the BBQ grill.

A full schedule of events for Youth Week is available HERE.

Online donations made at www.lethbridgeunitedway.ca during Youth Week will be designated for the Youth Week Partners.