Youth drop-in numbers low

Fort St. John City council got an update on the Southside Youth Drop-in Centre on Monday, including some turnout numbers.

On its grand opening, 100 young people came out and participated in all of the activites. Since then, numbers seem to have dwindled. Over the course of the 11 weeks it’s been open, a total of around 150 kids attended the drop-in centre on Saturdays, making it the most popular night.  But Mayor Bruce Lantz defends the turnout numbers, saying the city is doing a good job attracting kids to the facility. [asset|aid=2174|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=6147c27841506f93d652a2cbc528f79a-Lantz – pilot_1_Pub.mp3]

He says the city would like more kids to drop-in, and is always looking for ways to improve the facility.

The Southside Centre is a 16 week pilot project, to determine if the there is a need in the community for a full-time youth drop-in centre. The facility is home to movie nights, wii tournaments, art projects, sporting events, and much more.

During the council meeting on Monday, City Manager Dianne Hunter said there were some obstacles to overcome with the new building. [asset|aid=2175|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=1947fddafcf10d4633a043159a037f1e-Hunter pilot_1_Pub.mp3]

The Southside Centre is free to enter, and is located a block from the skate park, at 10128 95th Avenue.