Executive Director Emily Morrison says it has been a year of exciting growth and opportunities for Launch Pad.
Over the past year, Launch Pad which provides skills training and development to youth has expanded its programming and outreach efforts.
This includes the opening of a Wood Shop Program, the introduction of the free hot meal program to coincide with the culinary classes as well as the introduction of field trips which saw 840 Grades 7 and 8 students explore the possibilities and opportunities at Launch Pad.
In addition to learning technical skills, Launch Pad has begun connecting youth to local employers where they can translate the skills they are learning at Launch Pad to local career opportunities within the community.
Morrison says it all part of Launch Pad's mission to promote local skill development and stop the outmigration of youth.
As for the year ahead, Morrison says they plan to offer more advanced training in the Wood Shop program and continue with the highly successful field trips
On top of this, she says they also plan to sprinkle in some one day adult programming involving welding, wood shop and culinary.
Morrison says it's a great way for adults to learn a new hobby or determine if this is a skill they would like to pursue for a career.
She predicts 2020 to be Launch Pad's biggest year yet, with more programming and opportunities offered than ever before.
Morrison notes they are always looking for professionals to share their gifts with the next generation by volunteering to teach a program or lesson or two.
The 2020 Winter Programming is now available for youth to check out and sign up.
Launch Pad offers a wide variety of programs including: wood working, cooking, welding, knitting and sewing, art and music programs as well as concept design and coding.