Keep the Youth Centre free for Youth!
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For decades the Youth Centre has functioned as a creative safe space for youth in Nelson and area. There is a skate park, dance studio, art studio and music room, all free and accessible to youth who want and need it. There has been free art classes, free food programs, low cost skate lessons, etc. All this is and has been changing.
Recently the City of Nelson has decided to start charging youth to access this space, even to come inside to sit on the couches. This means that the youth who frequent the space the most, and need it the most, being our most marginalized youth will no longer be able to use this space.
This centre was once a place where youth could seek guidance and support from mentors and peers. We have many youth living in poverty, youth in foster care, and youth with a need for community who are now being preventing from accessing a space crucial for support and development. These are your tax dollars and you get to decide where they go. If the youth have nowhere else to go guess where they end up? They end up on the streets increasing their vulnerability instead of being held in a safe space. We are asking for your support to have a voice and say what you, as our community, wants for our youth centre.
Please sign this petition and let the City of Nelson know that we as a community do not agree to charging youth to access a space that should be free. Please support and protect our youth. <3
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