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It can be rare to find a place to fit in for many youth ages 13 to 18. The teenage years can be a prime time for self-exploration and seeking identity for lots of youth. The brain rapidly develops from childhood to the time when a person is around the age of 25. So it is important to stimulate curiosity and develop skills and try new things. 

We are here to support you! The Downtown Youth Space is a place where youth can blossom. Like a phoenix rising from the ashes, youth rise. We try to curate activities to all teens so they are able to have opportunities to expand their minds, and often their skill-set too. It doesn’t matter who you are, where you're from, what language you speak, what your beliefs are: at the Downtown Youth Space our mission statement is that we aim “to provide a safe downtown space for youth that fosters socializations, participation and learning through the community partnerships in a non-faith based environment free from social and financial barriers.” We aim to be a judgement-free, safe and respectful place. We are people who love people. Our only rules are based on respect. Respect yourself, respect others and respect the space.

Over the years, our participants come and go. Every story that is shared in our space is kept safe and confidential because it is also important that youth feel comfortable and safe. Downtown Youth Space staff members enjoy watching the youth grow-up and come out of their shells and be their genuine selves. Some are diamonds in the rough, who may need a bit of encouragement and direction, but they eventually get to where they need to be. We are so proud of our youth.

Like our youth, Downtown Youth Space is a bit of a treasure to Peterborough, not only because of our unique location at 201 McDonnel St. inside PACE @ PCVS but also because of the programs that we provide for free to youth in our community.

There are lots of fun activities coming up and we hope that you can join us before the holidays. We are open Tuesday to Friday 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Our holiday closure will be from December 19, 2020 to January 4, 2021. We will open again on Tuesday, January 5, 2021 with our regular hours.

– Downtown Youth Space Staff

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