National Youth Week is May 1 – 7 every year, that is dedicated to the celebration of youth and their active participation in their community.
Whether it is recreation, drama, sport, dance, civic engagement, art, volunteerism or leadership, every day young people are involved in meaningful activities during their discretionary time.
National Youth Week is a time to honour their involvement!
Through activities, such as recreation and art, youth learn five basic life skills, which include social, moral, ethical, physical and cognition competence.
Additionally, through their involvement, young people are meeting the seven developmental needs which they need in order to feel fully engaged in the world around then.
These needs are: self-definition, physical activity, meaningful participation, mastery and achievement, positive interaction with adults and peers, structure and clear limits, and creative expression.
Lets take this moment as an opportunity for our community to celebrate youth.
Shake our groove at Sir Dancelot,
expand our imagination through Next Chapter Book Club, or
create new friendships with Best Buddies.
The options are yours.
Happy National Youth Week!
We know it’s April and Best Buddies month was in March but here the RDACL we just can’t get enough of Best Buddies! We are going to feature each restaurant that helped us out with our March fundraiser: A Toast to Friendship. Our first restaurant to be featured is:
East Side Marios
2060 Prince of Wales Drive
The buddy pair was given an East Side Marios gift card and a set of questions to answer during their meal… here’s what they came up with! A huge thank you goes out to East Side Marios for supporting Best Buddies!
What a perfect way to start the month of March …
Yesterday I spent my afternoon at the annual “Read All About It” event that is put on by Chapters/Indigo and Best Buddies. Best Buddies Canada have partnered with Chapters/Indigo locations across the country to create an event that celebrates friendship and inclusion. This was the 5th year that the event has been held. Throughout the afternoon there were readings by buddy pairs, special guests, and live performances.
Regina’s “Read All About It” event featured a special award of recognition presented by the honourable Ralph Goodale to the University of Regina and the LeBoldus High School Best Buddies chapters for their continued work in the community:
Mayor Michael Fougere also joined the event and shared a few words about friendship on behalf of the city of Regina:
Danielle de Graauw from CTV Morning Show was also present as one of our special guests and shared a very personal and heartfelt insight into why friendship is so important:
A Buddy pair from Regina take to the podium to read one of their favourite poems about friendship:
One of our Buddies and a co-facilitator of the Wednesday night Next Chapter Book Club shares a reading on the importance of friendship as our special guests listen intently:
Once the formal part of the event concluded, everyone was invited to have snacks, visit, and roam the bookstore to shop. Even better, buddy pairs who registered for the event were given gift cards to Chapters and searched for a book to share together.
Thanks to everyone who came out to the event and we look forward to seeing you next year! Remember: March is Best Buddies month so if you have a great story about friendship or a fond memory from your time with the Best Buddies program please feel free to contact us or leave comments below!