Good morning everyone. Thank you for being here for the 32nd Annual General Meeting of our society.
Yes, for 32 years now we have been providing social, recreational and educational opportunities for the young people of Pincher Creek and area. Today we will be looking back over the past year – but also looking forward to the months ahead of us.
During 2018, we recorded 182 individual young people coming through the doors of our Centre. The “high attendance” for one day was 40 youngsters on a Friday in June. The least number of youth members attending in one day was five. That was on a winter Tuesday in December. The number of visits recorded for the whole year was 3,302, which is 294 more than in 2017.
Throughout the year a core group we call our “regulars” attended Group Group Youth (GGY) programming at least 3 times per week. This group consisted of approximately 25 youngsters and was somewhat fluid over the 12 months. Quite often members of this group would drop in after school and stay until closing. Others would come for an hour or two before leaving for home. It wouldn’t be an overstatement to estimate the length of the average visit at 3.5 hours. And at this rate GGY would have accumulated some 11,557 hours of “kid time” providing local youngsters with programming over 2018.
We continue to see younger individuals and more girls than was the case prior to 2015. For 2018, the number of young males signed up was 57% of total membership. In 2017, the guys came in at 59%.
First Nations youngsters made up 40% of membership this past year, compared to 55% in 2017. The largest percentage of our members continue to be between the ages of 9 and 14.
Again, for 2018, it was Pincher Creek and District Community Support Services (FCSS) which provided the bulk of our operating dollars. FCSS support is vital to on-going operation of our drop-in centre – and has been since our inception. And over this past year, we were fortunate to have approval to use Casino proceeds to help ensure staff’s wages.
In June, an FCSS Discretionary Fund Grant gave us the opportunity to build raised garden beds, purchase soil to fill them and arrange for fencing to keep out wandering “predators”. By October we were ready for spring planting!
We were excited to receive a $300.00 cheque from the Crowsnest/Pincher Creek Landfill Association. This was in response to our application for funding to help with our Photography Project. We were able to purchase three nice cameras for our youngsters. Our goal was to involve the kids in getting to know their community better, and coming to feel more a part of it, through photographing special events, interesting locations, etc. This project will continue into 2019.
The Lethbridge Community Foundation set us up with $8,000.00 to go towards paving. Another $10,000.00 from the Casino account and we had our yard paving project completed by mid-summer.
Shell Canada provided us with a $2,000.00 grant towards our yard upgrade. (We had fencing in mind but will need to put that project on hold until later in 2019.)
Through the Community Safety Net “partnership initiative”, many local businesses pitched in with donations to help print almost 150 books for us to distribute to our membership and others in our community. This time it was on drug safety – a timely subject with the recent legalization of cannabis. The Safety Net people will partner with us again in 2019, to providing a new set of resource books.
Through the Community Connections Partnership with TELUS Spark in Calgary, we received free passes for three trips to the Science Centre there. Word of a trip to Calgary always creates great excitement amongst our Members here. We have already received passes for another trip in 2019.
An application for funding went in to the Community Initiatives Program quite early in the year. We were hoping for support for current staff wages. We did also request enough for to hire another staff person for one evening per week. We weren’t expecting a response until fall. It was December before we heard any news – but it was good news. We had been approved for a $56,061.00 to go towards staffing over the next 24 months. (The CIP is a matching grant where we could add volunteer hours, along with donations, etc., to determine how much money we qualified for.)
We were unable to fill the summer position funded by the Canada Summer Jobs program. The 8 weeks we were approved for just didn’t seem to give post-secondary students the length of employment needed. And a summer position here as a youth worker is more of a challenge than most high school kids are interested in.
Throughout 2018, various private individuals, local service clubs and businesses made cash donations, or donations in-kind, which were a tremendous help in providing programming for the kids.
Our regular, weekly programming during the year included Kid’s Kitchen, Creations, Gym & Field, Healthy Living, Youth Volunteer and Jr. Staff in combination with Career and Employment Opportunities. Special projects for 2018 included Youth Photography, the Raised Garden Beds and the continuation of our “Pet” Project.
Jessica Mrazek and Mark Giesbrecht worked as contract staff to assist with programming – and a wide variety of other projects. While Mark left in June for an adventure overseas, Jessica was able to continue with at least one “short-shift” most weeks. She has often been available, on short notice, to come in for an array of special “projects”. I certainly appreciated the help of these two.
A big thank you goes out to all those who helped at GGY during the year as staff, as volunteers and as those providing assistance of all kinds. And it’s hard to put into words just how important it has been to have the input of my Board throughout the annual highs and lows of a non-profit organization. Your support is greatly appreciated as well!
Now, already into the third month of the new year, we can see an “outline” of what’s ahead. With the additional CIP funding we will be able to hire for another four-hour per week youth worker position. Plans are in place to build a fence around our newly paved yard. Our garden beds lie waiting to begin to start producing the veggies that will enhance our Kid’s Kitchen and Healthy Living programs. A new crew of Jr. Staff has begun meeting weekly to help “guide” Sr. Staff in program planning. I think we are off to a great start!
Lynne Teneycke – Executive Director
GROUP GROUP YOUTH SOCIETY OF PINCHER CREEK
ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING – MARCH 11, 2019
Executive Director’s Report
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Annual General Meeting - Executive Director's Report March 2019