The area’s first annual youth summit had 120 grade 9 students participate in a day of learning and interaction. (From left to right) SD#78 Superintendent Dr. Karen Nelson, Youth Coordinator Bonnie Millward of the Hope and Area Transition Society and Cpl. Dana Napier of the RCMP Strategic Prevention Services. Photo submitted by the Hope and Area Transition Society.

Annual youth summit focuses on mindfulness, gang awareness

Grade 9 students from district gather at Hope Secondary School

Grade nine students from across the Fraser Cascades School District gathered at Hope Secondary School Sept. 9 for the first annual youth summit. School District 78 and the Hope and Area Transition Society (HATS) partnered with RCMP’s Strategic Prevention Services to bring the students together for a day of learning and interaction.

According to HATS Youth Coordinator Bonnie Millward, the summit’s purpose is to “support kids in trying to address and tackle the challenges of being a youth nowadays.”

“They get to connect with resources, they get to learn stuff that’s outside of their regular curriculum,” she says. “They get to learn things outside of school and connect with community resources and see whats available in their community that they might not have been aware of.”

The 120 students gathered in the Hope Secondary School gymnasium for the opening ceremonies by the Chawathil Drummers. Key note speaker Jesse Miller talked about the responsibilities, safety and online citizenship of using social media.

The students were organized into four colour groups: red, yellow, black and white (representing the colours of the Medicine Wheel) and rotated through four break-out sessions throughout the day. The four interactive sessions included : Youth Rights, Mindfulness, Gang Awareness and a Power Zone. The planning process for the summit included discussions with a variety of youth so topics chosen were relevant to students.

The Power Zone was a place where students could interact with various local and provincial resources to inform them of opportunities for support and information. Included in the Power Zone was a graffiti wall and tech corner where students had the opportunity to express themselves and provide feedback on the event.

Millward says that HATS, School District 78 and the RCMP are hoping to make the summit a yearly event.

“The way the [district] has it set up right now, in grade five [kids] have DARE, in grade seven there’s Safe Teen and in grade nine there’s the youth summit,” she says.

“So every other year they get an influx of knowledge, connections, resources.”

Just Posted

#MeToo at work: Employers play a role in fixing culture of harassment

B.C. workplaces are getting ahead of being the next MeToo debacle, calling on experts to train staff

Hope Hospice tree brings Christmas cheer

Passers-by can use the provided tags to write the name of friends, family or even pets that have passed

Corruption no longer dogs Yale First Nation

A return to traditional governance helps to turn the tide

Emil Anderson earns multiple provincial contractor awards

Family-run companies with a long history in the FV were recognized for excellence in grading and community service

#MeToo at work: How reporting sexual harassment works – and how it doesn’t

British Columbians have four options to report harassment or assault, but none of them are easy

Homes in Hope sparkling for the holidays: Part 2

Hope photographer Ray Daws shares some festive sights

VIDEO: balloons and games and music at Basic for Babies in Langley

Event helps Food Banks stock supplies for infants

Update: RCMP arrest domestic assault suspect west of Kamloops.

The RCMP Emergency Response Team made the arrest at around 4:30 p.m.

Owl found dead after eating rat poison leaves B.C. woman concerned

After finding the owl on her Surrey property, Christine Trozzo says the poison is a concern for kids

Change to CPP death benefit panned as insufficient to cover funeral costs

Funeral Services Association of Canada lobbied governments to raise the value to $3,580

B.C. woman brain injured in crash as a baby gets $1.1 million in damages

Trial heard the woman was 16 months old, being carried by her mother when they were both hit

Court denies WestJet’s bid to toss out discrimination lawsuit of former worker

Mandalena Lewis is suing WestJet over allegations of gender-based discrimination

VIDEO: 3 months later, rescued sea lion released back into ocean

The young animal was found in Campbell River three months ago

Sagmoen neighbours recall alleged hammer attack

Woman was screaming outside Maple Ridge townhouse in 2013

Most Read