Setting priorities for youth funding

Kimberley youth-related groups to meet to discuss spending grant funds.

If you had $25,000 a year for four years available to support youth-related activities in Kimberley, how would you spend it? What would your priorities be?

That is the happy situation Bev Middlebrook, City Councillor and Director of the Spark Youth Centre finds herself in.

Kimberley has received a Columbia Basin Trust Community Development Youth Fund which will see  $100,000 distributed to youth programs in the City over the next four years.

Middlebrook wrote the grant application and the Youth Centre is hosting a CBT Workshop tomorrow (Tuesday, September 18, 5 to 9 p.m. at the Youth Centre) to discuss ways to use the money.

But she stresses that the money is for all youth related groups in Kimberley.

“I invited every organization that is youth-involved that I could think of to come out to the workshop,” Middlebrook said. “We got the grant, the idea is to decide how to spend it.”

A representative from the CBT will facilitate the discussion because it’s a new idea, she said, but the setting of priorities will come from the community groups attending.

Middlebrook is looking for youth from all the organizations to attend, along with adult directors, to provide feedback and ideas.

For more information or a last minute RSVP to the evening, which will include a meet and greet and a dinner followed by the workshop, call Middlebrook at the Youth Centre 250-427-7017.