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Funding Crisis

 

5th on 5th Youth Services Announces the Closure of 3 Programs on June 30, 2015

Thanks to the generous support of our donors and corporate sponsors, we raised enough money this year to keep our programs operating until June 30, 2015. Even in the face of significant cuts, our Youth Employment Center was busy building resiliency and self-sufficiency into young people’s lives. Over the past 9 months we had 14,424 visits and printed 10,768 resumes. These are young people who have fallen through the cracks or have no other place to go for support. We value the opportunity to be the contact point for youth in our community.

Our negotiation process with the Government of Alberta for a Youth Employment Strategy was stopped mid-stream by the early election, before we were able to secure future funding.  This means we will have to cut back and only offer our federally funded programs starting July, 2015. Lethbridge and surrounding communities will lose services that our young adults have relied upon for 20 years. As well, another 4 dedicated staff members will lose their jobs in addition to nearly 10 who have been cut in the past 5 years. The Board of Directors has made the difficult decision to keep 5th on 5th open in a different capacity rather than close entirely. Many have asked if the recent election will have an impact on our organization. In the short-term, we have simply run out of time. Looking to the long-term, we are hopeful for a renewed investment in the next generation of Alberta workers.

“We are in this for the long haul, and we are changing the way 5th on 5th operates to better reflect the available funding, now and in the future.” Said Board President, Jeff Meadows. “We will remain open with different services and in different capacities, while remaining true to our mission.”

Meadows said that the organization is looking at strategically sharing space with other agencies in their building so that the location remains a hub and safe place for young people to come and get help. Agencies interested in co-locating in the 5th on 5th Youth Services building should call (403) 329-3555.

They are actively looking for new projects that service their client base which are funded and which will, in turn, help the people we have always helped.

Lethbridge Youth Foundation owns the building with tenants who will have business as usual: Reeves College, and some programs for McMan Youth Family and Community Services and Rehabilitation Society of Southwestern Alberta. They will remain unaffected by the changes to 5th on 5th programming.

Mr. Meadows goes on to say, “these changes are based purely on a lack of funding. This is not what we want to do; it is what we have been forced to do despite significant community need as employment supports impact poverty reduction. It is our organization’s best opportunity to move forward and continue advocating for the needs of 15 to 30 year old workers in southern Alberta.

We are asking the public to communicate the importance of programming that helps our teens and young adults connect to the workforce to their government representatives.

We are encouraging our clients to come in and see us before the end of June. Come and celebrate your success with us or come so we can equip you with the tools you need to be successful. Either way, come and get a copy of your resume as we will not be able to store it much longer.

As board members, staff, and volunteers we are very sad to see the end of these programs, but we are proud of what our clients have been able to accomplish with our help! We are hopeful that youth employment and career development will receive more investment in the future.”

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A Taste of Lethbridge

It’s official: “A Taste of Lethbridge 2015″ has kicked off! Check out the details so far.

A Taste of Lethbridge 2015 
Date: Saturday, April 11th, 2015        Time: 7 pm – 10 pm
Location:  Energy Smart (2825 B-2 Ave South)

  • Click Taste of Lethbridge Poster for the ATOL Poster
  • Click here for a list of this year’s participating restaurants.
  • Click here for the list (and pictures) of the silent auction items up for grabs this year.
  • Click here to be taken to our donor page.
  • For invitations to the gala, simply print, fill out, and return our Donation Form 2015
    For other payment options, scroll down for details.

Our 19th annual donor appreciation gala is shaping up to be the best one yet! Promising to be just as fun-filled as previous years, this year’s event will be featuring delicious food & beverages from different local food and beverage providers, live entertainment, the chance to win some awesome prizes, and much much more. Energy Smart will be the gracious host.

We haven’t released all of the event details quite yet, but we can tell you this much: you’ll have numerous chances to be entered into draws for awesome prizes, and we will update you with the details soon. Keep checking back- we will be posting updated information on the food & beverage vendors, prizes, silent auction items, and entertainment regularly. And don’t forget to check out our silent auction item list regularly, as we will be posting pictures and descriptions of all the items up for grab this year. Now you can scope out the goods beforehand!

See you on April 11th!

Donate today, to be invited to this evening to remember! To make it easier, we now accept online donations – just be sure to give us your information, so we can give you an invitation! Donations of increments of $125 will entitle you an invitation for 2 people to attend, as well as a charitable tax receipt.
Call (403) 329-3555 to donate with your credit card (VISA or MasterCard), or simply drop by 435 5th Street South to donate by cash, debit, or cheque

ATOL Herald Ad 4, Full Pg Apr 22, 2015

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News/Events

 News/Events

May:
  • May 7, 14, 21 & 28: Art Program – drop in noon – 2pm
  • May drop in to get help with your resume any day!
  • May 8 Casual Labour program has ended due to funding shortfall
  • May 10: Don’t forget to make your mom feel appreciated!
  • May 18: Closed for May Long Weekend

June:

  • June 4, 11, 18, & 25: Art Program – drop in noon – 2pm
  • June: drop in to get help with your resume any day!
  • June 21: Don’t forget to make your dad feel appreciated!
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