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Youth Week returns

New West youth will be shooting hoops, hitting the dance floor and earning kudos from the city during the 2019 Youth Week.

Founded in 1995 as a one-day event, Youth Week has expanded to include a jam-packed week of free activities for youth.

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“Youth Week is an annual celebration of youth in our community,” said Silisha Ali, youth services coordinator.

This year’s Youth Week is kicking off with the New West Youth Awards on Wednesday, May 1, when local youth who are making a difference in the community will be recognized. To nominate youth, go to

The week continues with a Backyard Barbecue at the Queensborough Community Centre on Thursday, May 2, the NWPD Youth Classic 3-on-3 basketball tournament at Fraser River Middle School on Friday, May 3, and a dance for youths in Grades 6 to 8 on Saturday, May 4.

A Pop-Up Café, a new addition to this year’s Youth Week, is taking place on Monday, May 6 at the New West Youth Centre. It’s an opportunity for youth in Grade 8 to 12 to connect with various community organizations.

Momentum Youth Arts, the final event of Youth Week, is on Tuesday, May 7 at the youth centre.

“We are going to be partnering with Momentum Youth Arts, which is the New Westminster Arts Council. We are basically going to be having a giant party in Moody Park. There is going to be a barbecue, multiple activities, prize give-aways,” said Paolo Zenone, youth centre supervisor . “It’s really a way for us to commemorate youth and show why we appreciate them so much, and for all that they do for us.”

For more information about Youth Week, call the New West Youth Centre at 604-515-3801 or go to or

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