A safe space for Quesnel youth to hang out and enjoy snacks and activities such as foosball, pool and arcade games recently held a grand re-opening.
The Youth Lounge located on Kinchant Street officially restarted Saturday, June 18, with a community barbecue for parents, teens and volunteers.
Before the COVID-19 pandemic, up to 30 youth would stop by the volunteer-driven facility.
“As much as we tried to keep things going in whatever manner we could it wasn’t the same,” said director Bruce Birch.
“A lot of the students who were coming moved up and graduated or moved on, and the younger ones didn’t really know we existed, and their parents didn’t know we existed either, so it just took some time to connect that.”
Birch cut a cake by Quesnel Bakery to mark the occasion, which was attended earlier by Cariboo North MLA Coralee Oakes.
After talking with one another, some teens would talk with the volunteer adults and ask them to play games with them.
Birch even took up a game of foosball.
“It’s really nice to have it open and to be able to have the kids coming, and they’re having a blast,” he said.
The Youth Lounge is open every Friday from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Birch said it would be great to expand those days and maybe even hours in the future, although that would be dependent on volunteers.
For more information, visit the Youth Lounge on Facebook or call 250-255-3484.
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