The Hastings Community Centre offers a youth program that is both popular in the community and seen as crucial in helping young people in the neighbourhood. The partnership between the Hastings Community Centre Association and the Park Board is fundamental in its delivery of youth services.
The Park Board subsidizes the youth worker wages and the Hastings Community Association subsidizes all of the other costs for the program. The purpose is to engage youth in social activities on a weekly basis and give them opportunities that might not otherwise be available to them, such as camping and ski trips.
The youth worker also recruits teens for a leadership program, and many of the participants then take on leadership roles at the community centre, either in a volunteer or paid capacity.
The Hastings Community Association is helping to build a better future by investing in the young people of their community.