BRAMPTON, ON. (June 9, 2010) – As picnics go, this is one of the best attended in Peel. The numbers of young moms, dads and kids who come out to the annual Peel Young Parents’ Resource Group (PYPRG) picnic has been rising steadily every year since the event was first held in 2000.
“It’s the celebration that our young parents in Peel don’t want to miss,” says Heather Noble-Volpe, Community Development Worker for Child and Reproductive Health at Peel Public Health. “Last year we had 235 participants and almost 50 staff and volunteers from different community agencies that work with teen parents.”
There is much more to this picnic than hot dogs and burgers on the BBQ. “We have a great party planned,” says Ms. Noble-Volpe. “Of course there will be a BBQ lunch, but we also have games and activities for the kids, storytellers and raffle prizes. There is a giveaway bag for families and each child receives a gift bag of items that support early literacy.”
The picnic gives pregnant and parenting youth – many of whom attend other Peel programs – a chance to meet, share stories and learn what supports are available to them. Some of those other programs include the Teen Prenatal Supper Clubs, Young Parent Supper Clubs, Teen Education and Motherhood of Peel District School Board, Learning Earning and Parenting (LEAP) program of Ontario Works, Vita Centre, the DAM, and the Brampton and Mississauga Life Centres.
The organizers take delight in having reached the ten-year mark, a milestone they feel is the result of the hard work of the many volunteers who work hard before and on the day to make it such a special event.
||Thursday, June 10, 2010
10:30 am – 2 pm
||Mississauga Valley Park
1275 Mississauga Valley Blvd., Mississauga
For more information on the picnic or busing, call 905-791-7800, ext. 7557. For information on pregnancy and parenting, visit www.ParentingInPeel.ca.
Support for the picnic is provided by Peel Public Health, Peel Children’s Services, Peel Volunteer Services, Ontario Works, the DAM, Vita Centre, Dufferin Peel Catholic District School Board, Peel District School Board, Best Start Coalition of Peel, Malton Neighbourhood Services, Brampton Life Centre. Donations received from Councillor Pat Saito, EarthFresh and Mississauga Lions’ Club of Credit Valley.