Mayor Andrew Jakubeit (centre) poses as he presents a $5,000 cheque from FortisBC to Aaron McRann (left) of the COmmunity Foundation South Okanagan Similkameen for the Youth Esteem Strategy Project. Jakubeit won the community grant from FortisBC in a draw at a local government conference earlier this year. Shelley Thomson, Community and Aboriginal Relations Manager with FortisBC, joined the cheque presentation. Submitted photo

Penticton mayor directs donation to youth project

Penticton Mayor Andrew Jakubeit won a community grant from FortisBC in a draw at a local government conference earlier this year.

He decided to give the $5,000 cheque to the YES Project who aim to raise enough funds to build a “one-stop” hub of integrated services for youth aged 12 to 24 years old with a focus on providing professional services, as well as drop-in resources for youth in Penticton.

The goal of the youth centre is to offer accessible, timely, youth-friendly and integrated care, as well as providing a safe place for youth to develop a sense of community and belonging.

Related: Fundraising campaign for youth resource centre launched

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