Sports on Tuesday Evenings

The Rodney Youth Centre has secured the Rodney Recreation Centre at 135 Queen Street for activities on Tuesday nights from 7:00 to 9:00 starting September 26. There will be sports equipment available. Ages range for the centre is 12 to 18, and there is no charge for any of the activities.

Rodney Town-wide Youth Scavenger Hunt

On Saturday May 20 the Rodney Youth centre hosted its first community event for youth in the form of a scavenger hunt throughout the town of Rodney. The hunt started at the Rodney Library with three teams totalling 12 young people using their smart phones to record the items on their list. The list included talking to someone over 85 years old, finding a motorcycle, a convertible, a Victorian house, the locations of two former banks, an alien, finding a young child to sing Mary Had a Little Lamb, find a politician (oops, none were found), make a video about being in an earthquake, and several other challenges. Everyone agreed that it was a great time for all. After the hunt, the participants gathered at the Recreation centre for pizza, pop, and healthier snacks while the scores were totaled. On hand were five adult supervisors, including Greg Simpson, the organizer of the event.

The board members and friends of the Rodney Youth centre have been searching for a location for a home base for youth to hang out; a place of safety to play video games, do homework, socialize with and make new friends, to get tutoring, or engage in activities that draw them downtown Rodney. While they haven't been successful on this task, the hunt for a location and for funding and donations continues. Greg believes that is absolutely necessary that young people have a place to go in their community, and important enough to be supported by the residents of Rodney.

Hey West Elgin youth! We need YOUR help! The Rodney Youth Centre is looking for passionate and ethusiastic youth to represent the Centre within their school and their community. The position of a Youth Ambassador will require you to represent our Youth Advisory Council and build better relations, to engage and connect with your peers, other youth, and the community. If this is of interest to you, please call or text Greg Simpson at 519 619 7680 or send an email to gsimpson@calvaryunited.ca

"There's nothing to do in Rodney"


Well, now there is! On thursday evenings, drop by the Recreation Centre to play sports and games and hang out with your friends. We'll make sure there are snacks to nibble on and things to do.

Programs

Programs and Services


Hang out

Pull up a comfy chair, share a couch, chat, read or just hang.

Be entertained

Play Pool, Ping pong, Table soccer, cards, board games. There's no need to be bored!

Homework Help

If you need a quiet space to work, or have some questions to ask, we can help.

Free Food!

Home-baked muffins and other goodies, warm and cold drinks. No one goes hungry around here!

News


Working Group

December 5th from 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm, the Working Group will meet with consultants from Pillar Nonprofit Network. The role of the Working Group is to bring passion, enthusiasm, expertise and networks to the successful launch of the Rodney Youth Centre. The Working Group will play various roles from business development, financing, impact measurement, marketing and community engagement. We are looking for community members to join this important initiative. If you are interested please call or text Greg Simpson at 519 619 7680, or send an email to youth@rodneyontario.ca

Fall Dances

Free Youth Dances hosted at the Rodney Rec Centre on the last Friday of September, October and November.

Fall Youth Dance
September 29
7:00 to 9:00 pm Ages 10-13
9:00 to 11:00 pm Ages 14-18

Hallowe'en Dance
October 27
7:00 to 9:00 pm Ages 10-13
9:00 to 11:00 pm Ages 14-18

Christmas Dance
November 24
7:00 to 9:00 pm Ages 10-13
9:00 to 11:00 pm Ages 14-18

Local Media

On February 7th 2017, Sean Irvine of CTV was out to Rodney and interviewed Greg Simpson about the Youth Centre's proposal to use the Town Hall building. A few youth at WESS got interviewed too, to get their feedback. You can catch the interview on their website: CTV News London

Local Media

The St. Thomas Times Journal is talking about us! Rodney Youth Centre eyeing downtown storefront instead of Old Town Hall

Youth Council

The organization and running of the Youth Centre will be handled by the Youth Council as much as possible. We are looking for 11 committed young people aged 12-18 to make up this council. Your role will be to connect with your peers and other youth in the area to make sure the centre is living up to their needs. You will meet regularly yourselves, and will select a 2 members to sit on the Board of Directors. Please call or text Greg Simpson at 519 619 7680 if you are interested, or send an email to gsimpson@calvaryunited.ca.

Partners


Let's Get In Touch!


Would you like to know more about the Rodney Youth Centre? Do you want to volunteer? Do you want to Donate? Call us now!

519 619 7680

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