BENJAMIN PRIEBE The Standard
UXBRIDGE: Were you one of the many Uxbridge residents who saw a little extra kindness on Monday, March 10, or perhaps you saw a gang of teenagers march by with bouquets in-hand?
The Uxbridge Youth Centre (UYC) launched their Post-it-note Kindness Mission on Monday, March 10, and a group of local youth hit the streets, armed with flowers, markers, and a positive message.
“We decided to kick off March Break by spreading some love around,” said Stephanie Mulhall, Program Facilitator for the UYC. “We hit the streets to commit random acts of kindness and positive graffiti with our inspirational post-it notes and flowers. Our mission is to see people smile and brighten their day – plus it’s a huge confidence boost to the kids.”
The mission turned out to be highly-successful, despite the chill in the air, as many compliments were given and bundles of flowers were given out in heart-warming displays throughout downtown Uxbridge.
“It was really awkward the first time,” said one participant. “But it makes me happy to see them happy, and they want to pay-it-forward.”
The UYC, located downtown at 34 Brock St. West, offers a drop-in refuge for youth and teenagers of all kinds. Their artistic and positive programming facilitates a safe, friendly place to hang-out, meet new friends, get involved, or just relax. The Kindness Mission was just the first of many events being held over March Break.
Additional special events include the fourth annual The Brook Never Sleeps eco-workshop and hike on Wednesday, March 12 at 9:15 a.m., followed by the Click-A-Pic Scavenger Hunt, where youth will use cell-phone cameras to find a list of objects, on Thursday, March 13 at 1 p.m. and a ceramics painting workshop, hosted by local artist Cynthia Cupples, on Friday, March 14 at 1 p.m.
“The UYC’s mission is to be a positive place for the youth of Uxbridge and surrounding area,” said Stephanie. “Whether they need help with something, need to talk, love creating art, or just want to come find something to do – we do what we can.”
Stephanie explained that, as most teenagers do, the youth of Uxbridge struggle with common teenage issues and concerns. She believes that sharing and spending time with like-minded youth, creating something positive, and having fun can help immensely and create a sort of support network.
In addition to drop-in hours and special March Break events, the UYC is also home to a variety of skill-building and positive workshops for youth. These workshops encompass many topics such as wellness, health, job skills, music and the arts, suicide prevention and environmentalism. “There’s always something going on here,” said Stephanie. “We encourage kids to come take part and have some fun.”
Registration and information for coming events and workshops can be found on-line at www.UxbridgeYouthCentre.com, by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org, or by phoning (905) 862-3456.
Social media is a great way for youth to get involved with the UYC. Connect by visiting their Facebook page at Facebook.com/uxbridgeyouthcentre, following on Twitter at @uxyouthcentre, and checking out photos on Instagram at @uxbridgeyouthcentre.
Get a closer look at the Kindness Mission with The Standard’s video-of-the-week here.
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