With the financial support of the city’s Family and Community Support Services, the Lloydminster Community Youth Centre (LCYC) is offering presentations to help kids better deal with things like cyber-bully-ing or self harm.
Lois Butts, LCYC executive director, said the centre received $5,000 for the project from the city, which runs from June 1 to Dec. 2 this year.
The purpose is to hold weekly or monthly presentations from mentors in the community — from organizations like the Lloydminster Interval Home, the Lloydminster Sexual Assault and Information Centre and Mental Health and Addictions — to talk to youth about the issues they struggle with.
“Whether it’s about cyber-bullying, self harm are some of the topics they’ve talked about, just basically helping them cope, make better decisions, better life skills, basically,” Butts said.
“That’s basically our project in a nutshell.”
The Boys Project portion already ran for four weeks and the LCYC’s Girls Project is ongoing. Topics for discussion were chosen based on input from the youth who attend the centre.
The presentations run for around an hour to an hour and a half and then the youth do some fun activities, like bowling.
“After, our staff here have time to interact with our kids, talk to them to see what they thought of the presentation, follow up a little bit further with them,” Butts added.
This program first started last year and based on feedback from participating kids, Butts said the LCYC plans to continue with the program.