The YES is running a limited number of smaller programs this summer. Youth ages 14-18 who want to attend Camp YES this year, please email Joanne and ask about Sponsorship to cover the Registration Fee.
The province recognizes the importance of summer camp experiences for youth's emotional and social development. We know that Camp YES programs have a powerful positive impact on the youth they serve, and on their mandate to build inclusive communities where all youth thrive.
Read the BC Co-op Association interview with Chelsea Lake, ED of The YES Camps. Learn how they are dealing with COVID-19, keeping their members and community at the centre of all they do, and how they pivoted to continue serving their community during a global crisis.
As COVID was unfolding, they asked themselves, "What should we do during this time? As co-operators, the question inevitably becomes, how can we best serve our members, or our community?"
At The YES, their community consists of 14-18 year-olds across the province, as well as the many alumni who have participated in our program over the years. As youth programmers they know that teens are an especially vulnerable population. 38% of the teens who come to The YES camps self-report as struggling with depression and anxiety, and 35% come from homes that struggle to make ends meet. We know that many teens rely on their schools or communities to meet their needs whether physiological, social, or emotional. So, at The YES they;ve been asking themselves, how can we best serve teenagers right now? How can we reach youth who are lonely, isolated or in high-risk situations? How can we help prevent substance abuse, self-harm and mental illness during this global crisis?
Here are some ways, The YES is supporting our youth:
1. CARE PACKAGE: THE PODCAST: You can find their weekly podcast wherever you listen to podcasts, or on their website.
2. SOCIAL MEDIA CARE AND CONNECTION CHALLENGES: The YES is using its social media platforms to challenge teens to get creative about showing care and connection across distances, engaging youth in building connections across distance, focusing on activities that build participants’ self-worth, mental wellness, empathy for others, social-emotional learning, and grit.
3. THE YES VOLUNTEER SUPPORT NETWORK: The YES is reaching out to participants from the last two summers (over 450 youth) to set up phone and virtual meetings. They are focused on trying to reach the most isolated and vulnerable youth in their network.
4. VIRTUAL EDUCATIONAL SESSIONS: The YES teaches life-skills, and offer sessions like Relaxations: 30 minute mindfulness activities, Thought of the Day: insights and wisdom from staff, volunteers, and others. The YES is working to produce these sessions virtually to offer out to youth across their networks.
At CCEC, we are proud of our members who have contributed to the Camp YES Scholarship Fund allowing us to cover the Registration Fee for our Youth.
For more information on the Scholarship Fund, contact Joanne. For information on Camp YES, visit their website.