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.