A Look Into Summer

A day at PlayLand


“Wait you still work in the summer?” That is a question I get a lot. At times, I wish we did have summer vacation like those that work in the schools. However, I get the opportunity to meet kids whenever and wherever because of their freedom from school! To name a few things from this summer, I’ve had the opportunity to ride the rides at playland till I felt sick, thrift and find a cool dinosaur ladle for an excited youth and visit the local pool with some girls trying to escape the heat! The thing I love about summer, although it can be difficult at times, is the change in scenery and pace we get to do things. The end of the school year brings excitement and a need for change. Summer so often comes at just the right time.

One of my favourite things we get to participate in is Gatorshades. You might have heard about it before as this is my 4th summer being a part of it. To give a brief summary, Gatorshades is a program held at Walnut Grove Secondary School (WGSS) during the summer for youth going into grade 8. It is an optional program for those wanting a head start into life in high school. WGSS has close to 2,000 students and for a 13 year-old, it can be terrifying to walk into a highschool coming from elementary school. Gatorshades is designed by teachers to give an introduction to what school will look like - including a tour of the school, how to use lockers, tips and tricks to being organized, and much more. Each year, us youth workers are invited to come along with these amazing teachers and take a group of kids (this year we had 56 in total)  through a 2-3 week program. As youth workers, we get to know these grade eights and they can become familiar with us, so that on the first day of school they see another familiar face they can interact with. It also gives us a head start in meeting new youth before the school year even begins. Gatorshades is filled with fun, field trips and a time of helpful learning. I am looking forward to walking into the high school on the first day of school and seeing these youth again. This programs allow us to connect with them on a deeper level and understand their hopes along with their fears of high school. It is an awesome opportunity that I have been lucky to play a part in.

Thank you for your continued support for my ministry, I appreciate the opportunities you allow me to be a part of with these youth. I look forward to the new school year and the new youth I will get to meet. Currently, I am working 3 days a week with Youth Unlimited and due to my financial position, I cannot gain another day until I have reached enough support. My goal is to raise $800 in monthly donations in order to get to that place. If you or anyone you know would like to help, not only financially but prayerfully as well, I would love to share about Youth Unlimited and the work we get to do in the community of Langley. I truly appreciate all the love and support from my partners. If not for you, I would not be able to do this ministry that I love and am passionate about. Thank You.

- Savannah Deepwell

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