Fortis BC awards Kelowna youth program $15,000 – Kelowna Information

$15K for vulnerable youth

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The Etcetera Youth Group in Kelowna has been given a $15,000 FortisBC Community Giving Award.

Kelowna City Councillor Loyal Wooldridge nominated Etcetera, a program operated by Bridge Youth and Family Services, for the award back in June, stating it helps to build the community for the future.

“Investing into marginalized youth with early intervention, upstream programs helps build community resiliency and leaders of tomorrow,” said Wooldridge.

Etcetera youth are kids between the ages of 11 and 18 who identify as 2SLGBTQIA+ and benefit from a safe space with peers. They also receive support and information from trained and compassionate adult facilitators, and they participate in a huge range of social and educational activities including art, music, social justice projects, games, and community Pride activities.

“We realize that every donation is an expression of confidence in the work that we do and for that we are truly grateful,” says Celine Thompson, executive director of The Bridge Youth and Family Services.

The money from Fortis BC’s Community Giving Award will go towards providing after school snacks to kids, art supplies, transportation support and more.

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