The Abbotsford Youth Commission is offering several online activities, including group video chats, to keep youth connected during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Abbotsford Youth Commission holds online events to keep youth connected

Video chats and cooking classes among activities offered to ease social isolation

The Abbotsford Youth Commission (AYC) is offering several ways for youth to connect online with each other and with youth workers during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Daily activities are posted at abbyyouth.com and are open to youth ages 12 to 18.

Last week, the AYC hosted eight events, including a “House Party” – an app where people can connect through group video calls and play games such as Heads Up and Pictionary – and a video call where participants talked about their coping strategies with an AYC staff member.

AYC staff are currently working on a way to enable youth to take part in their nutrition program – made possible by the Abbotsford Community Foundation – from home with a new online concept called “Cooking with Emily.”

AYC executive director Bev Olfert said the activities are a way for young people to meet in a safe, non-threatening environment and find relief from the social isolation they are experiencing at this time.

Youth Week runs from May 1 to 7, and Olfert said a whole week of online activities is being planned for youth to participate in.

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