SLARC's Multicultural Youth Centre is an important community resource - a safe and popular hangout for youth aged 11 to 18, that is drug and alcohol free. The youth have responsibility to run the Centre (with guidance); by trusting them with this responsibility, they get to see the products of their own choices. They come up with, plan and run all the activities.
Recent popular activities have included:
- Drama Night, run by volunteers Michelane Gliddy and Tim McKay
- Art Night, with volunteer Theresa Crann
- Sports Night - every Tuesday night from 7-9 at the Rec Centre. Everyone welcome! Sports Night is supported by a Safer & Vital Communities Grant of the Ontario government.
- SYC Music- Sioux Youth Concerts, a group of dedicated volunteer youth from town. The group brings in bands from out of town and also local bands to perform at the Youth Centre.
- Coffee houses, music production and workshops, homework support, and relaxing activities including air hockey, pool, cards and other games.
- The SLARC Multicultural Youth Citizenshp Project - We are excited to introduce this new project to the Youth Centre. Funded by Canadian Heritage, this project will involve Sioux Lookout youth exploring the cultural history of Sioux Lookout and area, and working towards eliminating racism. Youth will be trained as mentors and become role models and a force for positive change in the community.
- Refreshments are available for sale at the Centre and the youth decide how to spend the proceeds on the Youth Centre and its activities.
SLARC's Youth Centre Coordinator is Daniel Fraser. SLARC is also pleased to welcome assistant coordinator Mark Hoggarth to the team!
The Youth Centre's population has been growing! In 2005-2006 we saw our numbers increase by 150 per cent, and in 2006-2007 they went up by another 200 per cent with over 2,400 visits from the local youth. 2007-2008 saw over 3500 youth visit the centre, an increase of over 1000!