The Columbia Basin Trust (CBT), in a press release July 8, unveiled 16 projects receiving over $92,000 to benefit youth around the region.
A number of projects support youth engagement, leadership, employment and entrepreneurship.
“Our Youth Grants Program has supported a variety of youth projects throughout the Basin region over the last eight years,” said Sabrina Curtis, CBT Director, Sector Initiatives. “A number of exciting projects will help build youth leadership while increasing youth engagement and opportunities in Basin communities.”
One of those receiving funds is the Summer at the Skatepark program, which provides safe, free, supervised skateboard sessions at the Castlegar Rotary Skatepark during the summer. The program includes skateboard orientation, safety gear, supervision and support every day at 9 a.m.
This year, the CBT provided $9,100 to the program.
Jim Fisher, executive director at Kootenay Place (which runs the program), said the Columbia Basin Trust recently became a sponsor.
“Traditionally, we got most of our funding from BC Gaming but they don’t like to be the sole provider so they gave us about 50 per cent of what they funded us in the past. We went to the CBT who were more than happy to support it,” said Fisher.
CBT supports efforts to deliver social, economic and environmental benefits to the residents of the Columbia Basin. To learn more about CBT programs and initiatives, visit www.cbt.org or call 1-800-505-8998.