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June 2017 Mercator Financial Inc. Charity Spotlight is on The Center | Swift Current Community Youth Initiative

About:

The Center is a Non-Profit organization that exists to INSPIRE the youth of Swift Current on relationship at a time to make positive life decisions and become part of the community and society. The Swift Current Community Youth Initiative (SCCYI) is driven by a passion to address the needs of youth today. The organization strives to make youth related resources, programs and counselling readily available, affordable and easily accessible. They rely heavily on volunteers throughout weekly operations, and most importantly, on the weekend Drop-in Nights. The goal of the SCCYI is to provide a safe and fun environment, to build relationships with youth that would see them finding the help they need. Success of the Center is due to the gracious hears of those that are willing to give up their time and money.

Program Information:

Programs for youth are what make the Center – SCCYI a place that our young citizens can turn to. With the support of volunteers and staff, youth can reach out and receive counseling, support groups, networking, mentoring and so much more. The goal is to develop positive relationships with young people, especially those at risk.

The Zone Summer Program – Runs at the Center by the City of Swift Current.

      • Program is for youth from grades 6-9 (ages 11 – 14)
      • July 4th – August 11th
      • Monday – Friday: 1:30 pm – 5:00 pm

The Gate Youth Program – Runs every Monday night at the Center from 7pm-9pm for youth ages 12-17. Youth are encouraged to enjoy an evening that will have snacks, games and resources inside the Center. During the evening Group leaders will move youth through a practical, Biblical-based life lesson.

After School Free Supper – Runs and the Center. The goal is to provide a nutritious meal in a different social environment. 

      • Wednesday and Thursdays a FREE hot supper served around 4:15pm for youth that attend after school program.
FREE Tutoring – Held Tuesday evenings during the school year tutoring to High School aged youth is available to those that need assistance in all subjects: French, Math, Science and Humanity based subjects are all available for extra help by qualified tutors with experience in the education field.

FREE Guitar Lessons – Every Thursday during the school year there are guitar lessons offered for those interested in learning. Beginner and advanced classes available and 10 guitars have been donated so youth without access to a guitar can learn too.

Arcade – Available FREE to all youth at the Center – a new Arcade room that features 3 classic arcade cabinets with hundreds of games to choose from on each machine.

Friday and Saturday Night Drop-In – Every weekend of the year the Center is open for youth from grades 6 -12. 
  • Friday: 7pm – 1am
  • Saturday: 8pm – 12am
  • Hang-out with friends and can play pool, video games, board games, arcade, air hockey etc.
  • Bi-Monthly Special Events – FUN entertainment that is unforgettable!
    • Competitions
    • BBQ’s
    • Talent nights
    • Movie nights
Testimonials: “I enjoy coming to The Center because it is a safe environment for me and my peers to be at. I enjoy all the programs throughout the week with guitar lessons, after school tutoring, and of course the supper on Wednesdays. The weekend drop ins are also a good place to be instead of being out at a party.” ~Anonymous Youth

“I enjoy coming to The Center because you can hang out with your friends and have fun playing games while also meeting new people, and to get away from my older brother.” 
~Anonymous Youth

History:

The Center – Swift Current Community Youth Initiative opened on November 19, 2010. It was initiated by the Eastside Church of God who saw a need for an At-Risk Youth Center in Swift Current. They bought the building to provide a place for endless possibilities. They have supported the SCCYI and collaborated on how everything would be established and operated.

The Provincial Government, RCMP, City of Swift Current, Chinook School Division, Service Groups and many other non-profits and businesses around Swift Current have played an integral part in financial, moral and overall support of The Center and SCCYI.

Ways you can help:

      • After school supervision
      • Wednesdays – volunteers to help prepare after school meal. Great opportunity for Church groups, businesses or service groups)
      • Friday night volunteer
      • Saturday night volunteer
      • Maintenance and repair of facility
      • Graphic design
      • Inspiring camp trip
      • Baking or cooking for special events

Contact 306-773-3344 for more information about policies, rules and how you can help.

To learn more about the Center | SCCYI  visit their website at http://sccyi.ca or through Social Media

Executive Director: Jim Magee   Program Director: Nathan Wiebe
Assistant Program Director: Kenton Unruh   Office Manager: Trish Gaetz

Facebook:  The Center in Swift Current; Twitter: @TheCenterSC; YouTube: sccyiTheCenter

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