I had the pleasure of taking 4 ROP youth up to Whistler for the day to do some Mountain Biking with Zero Ceiling. Our morning started at about 6:30am when I picked the youth up at Covenant House. To my surprise they were all awake when I got there. A few of them were even down in the lobby waiting for me! They were so excited and it was so great to see them greet me with huge smiles on their faces when I got there.
The drive up was full of laughs and good tunes! One of the youth sat in the front and played DJ while the 3 in the back sang at the top of their lungs. One of the youth that came along had never been to Whistler and had never seen the view along the sea to sky highway which I’m sure I can speak for everyone when I say it’s absolutely gorgeous. I kept hearing her in the back of the car saying how beautiful the view is and how excited she is to see Whistler. It made me smile seeing her so excited because she really hadn’t had a break in a while. I was so happy she was able to come along on this trip because I know how much she needed it.
The day went great!!! The youth didn’t even want to break for lunch because they wanted to get as many runs in as possible. I kept reminding them to take a little break just to drink some water; they just wanted to keep going. I feel so fortunate to have witnessed these youth have opportunity to have a wonderful experience in Whistler. Seeing how excited they were all day really warmed my heart. They all thanked me multiple times throughout the day for taking them. On the way home we stopped at little viewpoints so the youth could take pictures which they expressed they really enjoyed.
A big thank you to Zero Ceiling for the wonderful mountain biking in Whistler!
In 1999, in its resolution 54/120, the General Assembly declared August 12 International Youth Day, which gives an opportunity to celebrate young peoples’ views and initiatives. The theme of the 2016 International Youth Day is “The Road to 2030: Eradicating Poverty and Achieving Sustainable Consumption and Production”. This year’s Day is about achieving the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. It focuses on the leading role of young people in ensuring poverty eradication and achieving sustainable development through sustainable consumption and production. - Taken from International Youth Day 2016, UN Website.
Every day at Covenant House Vancouver we get to see just how amazing youth are and every young person has something to contribute to their community and the world at large.
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Covenant House was honoured to be one of the selected charities for the 12th Annual Canada Life Charity Softball Invitational this past Friday, August 5th. It was a fun day of great softball, exciting games, bouncy castles, face painting, bubble suit sumo wrestling, and a silent auction to help homeless and at-risk youth have a chance at a brighter future.
A BIG thank you to our community partners for volunteering, donating, and for all their generous support:
Canada Life Assurance
FS Financial Strategies
Cactus Club Cafe
Capilano Suspension Bridge Park
Dave Bryson Images Photography
Investors Group – James Sy
John Casablanca Institute
Tom Monaghan and Monaghan Golf
Sea to Sky Gondola
Thanks to the help of our community partners, Covenant House Vancouver is able to provide unconditional love and absolute respect to youth who have nowhere else to turn. Thank you for helping provide a hand up (and not a handout) to the youth we serve, allowing them to begin new lives and transition to a healthy and independent future.
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