Penticton Skate Park hosts skateboard and scooter competitions for Youth Week – Keremeos Review

Penticton Skate Park hosted a community rally on Friday May 6th in recognition of Provincial Youth Week.

From 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., the talents of local youth showed up through various skateboard and scooter competitions.

The event was highlighted by competitions at the park, as well as a donation barbecue sponsored by the Penticton Fire Department.

All proceeds from the meal were donated to local initiatives for homeless youth.

“We really wanted to take this opportunity to shine the spotlight on the Nowhere to Go report on youth homelessness,” said Melisa Edgerly, Youth Peer Support Supervisor at Foundry Penticton.

“For all of us who work with young people in the community, we are very happy to dedicate this week to young people and to celebrate them. We know they are our future and bring so much character and vibrancy to our community.

The aforementioned report, indicating that one in 20 people between the ages of 12 and 24 in Penticton may be homeless, was approved by city council in February.

Local drug rehabilitation program Discovery House and IGA were also present at Friday’s event, supporting the cause.

Organizations across the city have come together this week to provide free opportunities and educational programs for young people, with art and cooking classes among the activities available.

Back at the park, prizes were handed out throughout the day to those who competed in one of three competition categories: scooter, beginner skateboard and intermediate skateboard.

“Young people have had a tough couple of years, and we have to show them that it’s going to get better,” Edgerly told the board during a May 3 meeting.

Youth Week was celebrated in communities across British Columbia from May 1-7.

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