United Way Thompson Nicola Cariboo making a sizable investment in Merritt youth.
Director of Marketing & Communications Geralyn Alain says they are providing $18,000 to the Merritt Teen Centre, which will expand services currently being offered on Thursday and Friday nights at the former Coquihalla Middle School, creating a safe and supportive social space for teens to access outside of school hours.
"When kids have a regular place to go, they can build relationships. Not only with the adults there acting as support workers, but also the other kids there who are all in the safe environment. We feel having those connections will help them succeed later in life."
A ceremonial cheque presentation is being made at the Merritt Teen Centre today at 3:30pm.
Alain says the funds will allow Interior Community Services to expand programming by an extra evening a week, and round out programming for LBGTQ youth.