The Hive was buzzing with eager students during last week as Phase 1 of the youth-centered initiative was officially open in the Main Street location.
112 youth (aged 14-21) flooded the new space over the course of three days to visit the Cafe, play board games, use the computers, access a fun photo booth, play giant Yahtzee and other games and generally to socialize with friends, old and new.
Comments from the teens included, “It’s really great to see so many people making friends from other schools,” and, “this place is so cool; I am definitely coming back here.”
Nine local businesses donated items for the opening day draws and the young adults enjoyed the latte machine, popcorn, snow cones and juice in addition to the welcoming vibe of the space with one student commenting, “I really enjoyed the coffee and conversation! It’s a great atmosphere.”
The Hive will be offering program-based activities this month including pottery, paint night, and yoga to name a few. Classes are already filling up and young adults are quickly feeling at home at The Hive.
Mentorship comes in many forms at The Hive but formal wellness and medical supports are also in the planning stages to include in the youth space as well.
A grand opening event will be planned for late summer with invites for sponsors, media, stakeholder groups and special guests however, there is still work to be done to open Phase 2 at The Hive.
Program Coordinators Aimie Kathan and Rachel Didychuk are happy to discuss sponsorship options as well as donations with any community member or local company. Please call 587-201-2528 to find out more about this important initiative in the Lakeland.
Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat and TikTok as well, you can check out our website at www.thehivelakeland.ca to learn more about our programming and inclusive space.
The Hive, Press Release