Did you know that the number of youth who reported experiencing caring neighbours in a 2008 survey of 2,100 Mission high school youth was 32 per cent?
The number of youth reporting neighbours taking responsibility for monitoring young people’s behavior was 39 per cent.
Think about the neighbourhood in which you live. Were you welcomed when you moved in? Do you welcome others when they move in? Do you ever feel isolated from the folks next door or the people on your own street? In an era where time is limited with our own families, how do we reach out to each other?
Youth have much to contribute to their communities. The broad and growing field of community development focuses on supporting public citizenry to grow change. Mission is alive with innovative, volunteer-based community development projects and working groups spread throughout the community.
Join Kirsten Hargreaves, Mission’s manager of social development, and David Pasko, Community Living BC, to learn about current initiatives here. Have some ideas? Want to get involved? Join us for cookies, coffee and conversation.
Where: Mission Leisure Centre
When: Feb. 29, 7 to 8 p.m.
Draw prize: Grouse Mountain pass
Please RSVP to Kirsten Hargreaves at firstname.lastname@example.org or 604-820-3752.
40 Assets: Helping Children and Youth Thrive is a volunteer-based working group in Mission within the municipality’s social development program. The Did you Know article series focuses in on results from the 40 Developmental Assets Survey completed in 2008 by 2100 Mission high school youth.
If you are interested in youth and family health in Mission and would like to get involved we would love to hear from you.
Kirsten Hargreaves is the manager of social development for the District of Mission. For more information visit www.search-institute.org.