Youth after-school programming restarts 0
Youth Unlimited may be temporarily homeless, but its programming for local youth continues.
Using resources around town, the Christian organization will continue its popular programming starting this week.
“It’s been the craziest month,” Jamie McMahon, director of the Haliburton Highlands chapter of Youth Unlimited, said.
“For the last two weeks in June everything got dispersed,” he said.
That was when the school board evicted everyone from the Victoria Street school building where Youth Unlimited had been operating rent-free for years.
The building is now up for sale.
Undeterred, McMahon has been scouting new locations and thinks he may have found a good one, but now must fundraise to pay the rent.
“Having your own space allows you to do more,” he said.
This summer, three weeks kids’ camp went off successfully with strong community support.
For $30 a week, 20 kids were treated to water sports, arts activities and games in Minden and Haliburton. McMahon thanked the Haliburton Rotary, RPM marina, Boatwerks and the Haliburton Curling Club for financial and in-kind support.
This fall, the annual Halloween Carnival will again be held, though its location isn’t yet settled on.
Office space has been provided to Youth Unlimited by Lakeside Baptist Church.
Starting this week:
Wednesdays – Haven Minden for grades 5 to 8 students, 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. at the Archie Stouffer Elementary School library. After-school program including crafts, snacks, activities and talk time.
Thursdays: Haven Haliburton for grades 4 to 6, 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. at the Dysart library community room. After-school program including crafts, snacks, activities and talk time.
Fridays: The Bridge for grades 7 to 9, 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. in the Dysart library community room. New this year, a program that includes fun and talk time.
Church of the Rock: Fourth Friday of every month, all ages at the Haliburton United Church. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. with a 7 p.m. start. Starts Sept. 28. An interactive, discussion-based, “rockin’” church for youth of all ages.
To register, go to youthunlimitedkaw.com, click on Haliburton Highlands, then the link to download a registration form. Bring it with you to the first program night. For more information, call 705-854-1043.
- From a Youth Unlimited hand-out