Scouts Help Revitalize Youth Shelter
26th St. Peters Venturers, Edmonton, Alberta
By Reagan McKinney
Good Turn week is an exciting time for Scouts Canada. Youth from across the country get to experience what it means to give back to the community and perform small acts of kindness (aka #GoodTurns). It’s a time of year that reminds us of our Scouting Values and our Duty to Others.
This year, Good Turn Week projects are happening across the country and Scouting youth have stepped up their game with some exciting and big projects. In Edmonton, the 26th St. Peters Venturers are helping to beautify YESS' youth emergency shelter. YESS assists youth aged 13-17 by providing shelter, tools and the support they need to build their futures. In Edmonton, the issue of homeless teens is typically overlooked and the shelter has threatened to close several times due to lack of funding.
Knowing how important any local support is to YESS, the 26th St. Peters Venturers wanted to help the shelter by revitalizing its exterior. The Company will be painting the exterior of the building and planting flowers at the shelter to help attract teens that needs their support. This would allow YESS’ small funds to focus on programming, rather than the building's condition.
On May 3rd, the 26th Venturers will embark on a full day's work of revitalizing YESS’ exterior. The Company would like to encourage all other Groups, Scouting youth and community members to take part in Good Turn Week this year and do a #GoodTurn for their friend, family, neighbour or local community.
Remember to Tweet your Good Turn Week moments with the hashtag #GoodTurn from April 25-May 3, 2015. Go out and discover the happiness you can create.
Great things happen in communities across Canada when our members put their hearts and minds behind Good Turn Week. It starts with Scouts.