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New youth group in Mersey Point encourages kids, teens to leave technology at the door

Calling all kids

Liverpool, NS - Kelly Young is inviting all school-aged children and teens to participate in a youth group, but she wants them to leave their technology at the door.

The idea is for the technology-free space to allow kids to be kids, said Young, who will be one of the supervising adults.

The youth group is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. on Oct. 20 at the Mersey Point Community Hall.

“Any school-aged children are welcomed,” Young said.

Exactly how the youth group will run will depend on how many children and teens show up. Young said there will probably be some theme nights - for example, a pizza-making evening, a sports night or a crafts night – but activities will vary. Young said there might even be guest speakers occasionally.

In November, Young plans to have a youth drop-in twice. Depending on how things go, the youth group might happen every second week or once a month.

Young said children’s parents can stay, but they can also drop off their children. Although the first night will be a bit of a trial run, the plan is for the drop-in to be about an hour and a half.  

Looking ahead, Young said in the summer there would be outdoor activities, such as hotdog roasts and scavenger hunts.

Young and the other volunteer supervisors have had their criminal record and vulnerable sector checks.

“Anyone that would be working with the children is already certified to do so,” Young said.

Young has coached baseball and Special Olympics. She works as a noontime supervisor and teaching assistant.

The Mersey Point Community Association approached Young last spring to see what she thought of the idea for a youth group. Young recognized the need, and that’s how the whole thing started.

For information about the youth group, contact Kelly Young at 902-354-2882.

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