As I mentioned a few weeks ago, we’re holding Twestival Local here in Edmonton next week (get your tickets here). After an online vote, it was decided that the local cause we’ll be supporting is the Youth Emergency Shelter Society. I’m very excited about this, and they are too! Here’s a brief into to YESS:
In 1978, a group of concerned individuals discovered a gap in our social services system. Essentially, there were no programs in place to assist homeless children between the ages of 16 and 18. In response to this lack of service, the group activated the Youth Emergency Shelter Society (Y.E.S.S.) in September 1981, offering services in a reclaimed fire hall building on Whyte Avenue.
In 2004, based on extensive research into the challenges and issues faced by homeless youth in our community, Y.E.S.S. conducted a major restructuring of all programs. We are now serving youth at risk more efficiently and effectively than ever!
And a little on why they need our help:
YESS relies on fundraising for more than 50% of our budget each year. We face the ongoing challenge of raising more money to provide services to Edmonton’s growing population of troubled teens. You are a critical part of our ability to continue to develop our programs.
For more, check out their Summer 2009 “Eye on Youth” newsletter in PDF.
Very soon, YESS is opening a new facility called the Armoury Youth Centre. They responded to the City’s RFP for the Connaught Armoury space just north of Whyte Avenue and were chosen as the organization whose proposed program would have the greatest positive impact on the community.
A couple weeks after Twestival, you can check out the new Armoury Youth Centre for yourself! Here are the details:
September 26 & 27
Pancake Breakfast from 8am to 10:30am
Tours from 9am to 4:30pm
10310 85 Avenue
You can download the grand opening invite in PDF here.
Twestival Local takes place on Thursday. Here are the details:
WHAT: Twestival Local 2009
WHEN: Thursday, September 10, 2009 at 6:00pm
WHERE: Original Joe’s Varsity Row, 8404 109 Street, Edmonton, AB (map)
WHY: To support the Youth Emergency Shelter Society
We’re asking for a minimum donation of $20, but feel free to donate more! You can get tickets online here. Please spread the word!
See you there!