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    Youth volunteers rewarded for summer work

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    Paige (Mentor) and Valorie (Youth Intern) accepting a bursary from Steph Brundige, Mountain View Credit Union branch manager.

    After spending a summer being mentors with Synergy’s Youth Internship Programs, one of four Langdon teens is going to get rewarded for their hard work.
    Thanks to donations from the Langdon Medical Clinic and Mountain View Credit Union, the internship program will have some bursary money to assist one of the teenagers who spent afternoons assisting younger kids over the summer.
    The drop in program ran every weekday during July and August from 1 to 4 p.m. and was free for youth 10 years and up. On some days, as many as 30 kids showed up for the fun activities offered in Langdon Park.
    The program also offers a leadership development opportunity to the interns, who are responsible for planning and executing programming, while acting as role models and mentors for the youth who participate
    “It’s is a chance for kids to have somewhere to go and have fun,” said Coralee McIntosh, a team leader for Synergy.
    “It’s about building healthy relationships with their peers and adult mentors. But it’s also a chance for us to create a leadership opportunity for youth as well. 
    “In exchange for their hard work and time, we give bursaries to these interns to volunteer their time throughout the summer. It’s a bit of a reward for their help within the community.”
    The four youth interns were great at engaging the kids in activities while working as role models. The program provided Langdon kids a chance to gather and spend time together during the hazy, lazy days of summer.
    “It’s a chance for kids to connect with other kids in their community and with peer mentors,” McIntosh said. “It’s a fun place to go for the afternoons during the summer. 
    “Sometimes they focus on more physical games. Sometimes they have a chance to do more creative arts. Sometimes they get to play board games. It’s a chance to learn but also a chance to connect and have fun.”