Grand Bend Youth Centre
Posted By BY LYNDA
Posted 1 day ago
It should be a great
spring and summer for area youth and new
program organizer Jesse O'Reilly.
A graduate of Niagara College for
Recreation and Leisure services, the
Grand Bend Youth Centre offers just the
challenge O'Reilly is looking for.
She graduated in 2006 and worked at
the YWCA in St. Thomas and did a stint
in Aylmer in a before and after youth
engagement program. She moved to
Goderich where her fiance was working
and saw her future when the ad for the
about. She got the job and began her
journey in January.
Although O'Reilly appreciates the
value of a drop-in
at the youth centre, she feels the
kids need programs where they can learn
skills and knowledge.
The spring line-up which consists of
six week programs in most cases includes
junior golf with a pro, a cooking club
where O'Reilly introduces youth to
cooking healthy snacks, learning about
the Canada Food Guide and kitchen safety
while also learning about kitchen
utensils and what they are used for.
There will be a dance program with
Shauntell Schwartz. This program is
split in two age categories; 4-6 and
Allie Baillie, a certified national
lifeguard and Lifesaving Society
instructor will teach pre-school to
bronze swimming lessons at the Pinedale
Motor Inn. There is a $2 dollar per
visit charge for this.
Saturday mornings for the month of
May youth can play flag football. And
Friday May 29th there will be a movie
night for kids aged 5-12. This event is
O'Reilly is inviting youth to join
Acoustic Sundays. Every other Sunday in
May the GBYC is opening the garage so
the musically inclined can show off
their skills. This program is noon until
3 p.m. In between he music you can play
some foot bag, also known as hacky sack.
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This program is designed
for the older youth and electric instruments
The only program where you do not have to
register for is the football. Registration
for all the other programs is at the Grand
Bend Youth Centre April 15-14 and April
22-24 from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. The GBYC is
at 16 Municipal Drive. 519-238-1155.
Volunteers are also welcome to come out and
sign up to help out.
"I want youth to learn, prosper and get
involved," O'Reilly said, just as she did,
joining the Optimist Club, volunteering to
coach kids baseball and joining adult
baseball for the season.
The Youth Centre is offered to the
community by the Grand Bend Optimist Club.