To keep the wellness of Grand Falls-Windsor youth at the forefront, the Youth 2000 Centre (Y2C) held an open house to showcase its programming on Feb. 23.
Program coordinator Terrilynn Barry said the centre currently sees between 50-60 students, with the majority between the ages of eight to 14 years old.
The centre offers cooking lessons, craft sessions and wellness sessions, amongst other programming initiatives.
In March, Barry said the centre will be ramping up its focus on both physical and mental wellness.
“We are starting a program surrounding wellness, encouraging youth to take part in physical activity,” she said. “We’ll do some bowling, curling, swimming and going for a hike, because part of our mandate is to be healthy and get children involved in events.”
It will also have speakers doing presentations on stress release, mental wellness and explore the new Canada food guide.
Eleven-year-old Jorja Smith has been involved with Y2C since November.
She became interested in joining after a centre representative came to her school to talk about crafting.
From that, she branched out, taking part in programs such as youth empowerment and cooking.
And she’s looking forward to the new programming.
“I like taking part in things at the Y2C, I really just enjoy it every time I’m here,” she said. “I feel like I can be myself.”