Connecting in Spite of COVID-19: The Stony Plain Youth Centre Goes Virtual

Posted On Tuesday April 14, 2020

Any given day of the week, the Stony Plain Youth Centre (SPYC) is an active hub where the youth of Stony Plain and Parkland County gather to learn new skills or just hang out with friends. This safe place for all youth was required to close the doors suddenly on March 16th to slow the spread of COVID-19.

Youth Centre staff have reached out via phone to check in with youth who regularly participate in SPYC activities. It was repeatedly heard that youth are experiencing feelings of boredom and are missing the space where they connect socially and have caring adults to support them when needed.

In response to this feedback, the Stony Plain Youth Centre has created a virtual space where youth are invited to engage in activities and have some fun. A schedule is posted each week featuring a variety of opportunities for our youth to get involved. Activities may focus on mindful practice, self care tips, a kahoot challenge or playing a game of Uno together on a Friday night.

The host of the virtual SPYC is a new staff member who joined the FCSS Youth Services team on March 16th. Kirsten Ibsen is a Stony Plain resident who has been hired to fill the role of Youth Development Coordinator for the next 18 months. The SPYC welcomes Kirsten to the team and is thankful for the talents and abilities that she will be sharing with our youth.

“It is important that we support our youth in these unprecedented times” states Lisa Gilchrist, Stony Plain FCSS Director. “The virtual SPYC is a creative and innovative means to maintain positive socialization and incorporate some normalcy into each day for our youth”.

Contact information:

Stony Plain Youth Centre