The Hub for youth week

AS 2014 National Youth Week is celebrated across Australia from April 3 to 14, the Cooma-Express is shining the light on local youth centre The Hub.

The Hub, located on Vale Street, offers support, referral, activities, advocacy and drop in for young people between 12 and 17-years-old.

With bathroom upgrades having recently been completed, through a community builders partnership grant, The Hub is able to offer a better range of services including a shower and laundry and a toilet with disabled access.

Cathy Guion has been the YMCA's Youth Project coordinator at The Hub for the past four years.

She said all young people across the Monaro were welcome to use The Hub.

"Any young person can access the hub for activities, drop in, or for support referral," she said.

"Young people can drop in to the Hub in the afternoon between 3pm to 5pm and access the facilities-computers, gaming systems, pool table listen to music etc.

"Here at The Hub we promote a safe, youth friendly environment for all young people."

The Hub is a working relationship between the YMCA, Cooma Monaro Shire Council and Southern NSW Medicare Local.

As well as running services at The Youth Centre, staff run a range of educational programs covering topics such as bullying, anger management and healthy relationships in the community.

"The Hub also teams up with other community organisations to help with activities such as Youth Week and Youth Homelessness Matters Day, Relay for Life and Daffodil Day," Ms Guion said.

To recognise and celebrate 2014 National Youth Week on this week, The Hub organised an art and writing competition.

Young people across the Monaro were asked to demonstrate what youth homelessness meant to them through the art or writing.

Cooma Monaro Shire Council's youth development officer Emma Green said there were many fantastic entries with the winners to be announced this week.

"We had a really good response," she said.

"There were over 50 entries all up. There were poems, short stories, essays and art works highlighting youth homelessness

"We will be having a presentation on Wednesday night at 5pm at the Cooma Library to announce the winners."

There are always plenty of activities on at The Hub including the program run during school holidays, and some fresh and exciting events in the pipeline for later in the year.

"We have an activities program coming up during the April school holidays," Ms Guion said.

"We will have Easter craft, candle making, an Easter celebration, a wii dance and sing star competition and much more."

"We have some other exciting things coming up. Students will be invited through their schools to a youth forum in May and we have the very first Aboriginal Debutante ball on in August.

"We are looking for community members who are interested in volunteering some time to make this a successful event."

Hairdressers, makeup artists, dance instructors, seamstresses and photographers are all required.

If you are interested in helping with the event contact 64525534 or email admin.coomahub@ymca.org.au.

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