Vanderhoof youth centre provides safe place

"You'd be surprised how many kids in Vanderhoof go hungry or without a place to live."

Jeremy Derksen

Jeremy Derksen

The Vanderhoof Youth Centre in partnership with the College of New Caledonia has given youth in Vanderhoof a place to feel safe and grow, Annerose Georgeson, youth support worker said.

“It provides youth a safe place to be after school and you’d be surprised the amount of kids in Vanderhoof who go hungry or need help finding a place to live,” she said.

The youth centre is located on HWY 27 east of Burrard Rd and is open every day from 3-6 p.m. Support workers are available to help with school work or referrals for jobs, housing or mental health issues to name a few.

“We even do cooking on Thursdays and art sometimes,” Georgeson said. “Not to mention the free WIFI and pool table.”

Work BC posts jobs each week on the job board and is available for students who need help with job searches and resume writing.

“It’s all really directed at the youth, they decide what they need us for, they even decide what we do for the cooking,” Georgeson said.

The centre is funded by the District of Vanderhoof, Province of BC, United Way, the Regional District of Bulkley Nechako and CNC.

For more information on the Vanderhoof Youth Centre visit the centre or call 250-567-4879.