By Eraina Hooyer
The Community Initiatives Program through the Alberta Lottery Fund has helped the Ponoka PYC meet their needs.
The Alberta Lottery Fund has donated $9,900 to the PYC which was used to bring in a fundraising coordinator to the centre to help find creative ways to raise funds for the youth centre and its programs.
The Alberta Lottery Fund is made up of the government’s share of net revenues from VLTs, slot machines and ticket lotteries that total more than $1.4 billion dollars a year. The revenues are used to financially encourage many volunteer, public and community based initiatives each year to help better Albertans.
Beth Reitz executive director of the PYC was pleased with the amount.
“It’s great, they gave us the full amount for a year,” said Reitz. “The growth of our agency and the amount of money we need has increased and we needed to find more ways to raise funds.”
The Ponoka Youth Centre is a non-profit organization that is a safe, affordable and fun place for youth to go to interact with other people their age. The centre is dedicated to meeting the needs of children and youth in the community.
An after school program is available for children ages six to 11 as well as other programs such as the Summer Program, Early Teen Summer Program and School’s Out Day Program.
Programs for youth ages 12 to 17 are also made available such as the Teen Drop In Centre, Guy’s Night and the Go Girls program.
The staff at PYC are highly-qualified, energetic and caring and direct programs to encourage youth to create and reach their goals in life through positive interactions and experiences.
For more information contact PYC at 403-783-3112