An excited group of locals are ready to bounce back from COVID restrictions and the closure of the Helensburgh Community Youth centre by celebrating the talented young people in the 2508 community, with the launch of “X-Factor 2508.”
On August 6th the Hope Youth Centre will be celebrating its Grand Opening by showcasing the top local performers in three different categories, Performance, Half-court Basketball and Lego Block Masters in “X-Factor-2508”. Competitors will have the chance to show off their skills, compete against their friends and take their chances at winning thousands of dollars worth of cash vouchers and prizes, donated by local businesses! The Grand Opening marks the launch and opening of the purpose-built Youth Centre and will see the finalists from the competition heats come together to battle it out for the chance to be declared the “X-Factor-2508” winners.
“There’s a lot of bad news out there; drugs, youth suicide, self-harm, addictions to computer games and screens” observes Youth Mentor PJ Bedwell from Hope Church 2508, “But we prefer to focus on the positive and amazing stuff that the youth are doing. We see so much talent and potential in the young people of our town and really try to stay focused on inspiring them and helping them to get active in whatever they love doing, and being part of this great community!”
After the launch on August 6th, the Youth Centre will be opened every Tuesday to Friday from 3:30-5:30pm during the school term and will have a range of activities, including basketball, pool, air hockey, a quiet study area, music area, dance, lego and even Nerf-gun battles.
“We love our community and are excited to be providing the Hope Youth Centre, which is a free youth drop-in centre opening on school afternoons to provide a safe place for young people to hang out, develop healthy friendship in a safe environment, and get active in all sorts of ways” shares Pastor Lionel from Hope Church 2508. “The goal is to start off by providing a safe place for young people to hang out and have fun together, with supervision of course, but the dream is to expand into providing the youth with skills that will help them as they grow up. We are looking to start a barista training course to get the older youth ready for getting a job, and we want to partner with the community wherever we can, to provide skills and training for young people to thrive.”
X-Factor-2508 heats will be held over the coming weeks, so check out the terms and conditions of entry and details for the Grand Opening at www.hopechurch2508.org.au/X-Factor-2508. “Everyone is invited to the Grand Opening to come and celebrate the wonderful youth of our area and take a stand against the issues that affect young people by helping point them towards the positive things in our community,” invites PJ Bedwell.