Donors have contributed more than $1 million dollars to open Foundry Penticton Youth Centre

The Community Foundation of the South Okanagan | Similkameen (The YES Project), in partnership with OneSky Community Resources (Foundry Penticton), is proud to announce that donors have contributed more than $1 Million Dollars for Phase 2 of the fundraising campaign, which has a total goal of $1.2 Million Dollars!

With the support of over 150 donors, community members, local businesses,  and youth, we have officially raised $1,065,000! This means we are only $135,000 away from our ‘Futures Start Here’ fundraising goal to renovate the main floor of the Youth Centre and open Foundry Penticton.

We invite you to share in the wonderful news tomorrow at 12:45 p.m. at the Youth Resource Centre (501 Main Street), on the main floor in Foundry Penticton. You will also get a chance to see the progress of renovations and speak with YES Youth Advisors and Centre Staff.

Where: Youth Resource Centre @ 501 Main Street

When: Tuesday, March 5th at 12:45 p.m.

This brings the total fundraising to-date to more than $2 Million Dollars of the original $3 Million Dollars fundraising goal. The first million in donations went towards the purchase of the 501 Main Street building and renovations on the second floor. The $1.2 Million dollar second phase fundraising campaign, ‘Futures Start Here’, is raising money specifically for renovations on the main floor of the Youth Centre and to open Foundry Penticton. Without a doubt the Anonymous Donor who stepped forward to match up to $200,000 was instrumental in encouraging other people to donate and move the campaign closer to the $1.2 Million Dollar goal. Thank you so much to everyone who donated and moved the Youth Centre and Foundry Penticton closer to reality!



About the Community Foundation of the South Okanagan|Similkameen

Since 1991, the Community Foundation of the South Okanagan | Similkameen has been working to build healthy, vibrant and livable communities across the South Okanagan Similkameen. The Foundation has granted more than $3.8 million to local causes.  Through additional programs like the YES Project, Vital Signs, 100 Women & 100 Men Who Care, grant writing workshops, and Neighbourhood Small Grants, the Community Foundation is working to build smarter, more caring communities.

The YES Project (Youth Engagement Strategy) started in 2013 and is a program of the Community Foundation of the South Okanagan | Similkameen. YES works side-by-side with young people in Penticton who want to make positive change. YES has 3 main goals:  (1) to publically advocate for the needs of Penticton youth;  (2) to create and facilitate more free and accessible youth activities and resources; and (3) to build a youth resource centre


About The Youth Resource Centre

January 15, 2018, the Community Foundation purchased a 21,000 square feet building located at 501 Main Street, the new home of the Youth Centre. This building will be a ‘one-stop-shop’ of coordinated youth services, resources and activities available to youth aged 12 to 24 years old.

Phase 1: $1 Million Fundraising Goal – ACHIEVED!
Purchase Building & 2nd Floor Renovation
The first phase of fundraising provided the downpayment for the purchase of the building as well as funding renovations on the 2nd floor. There are four youth-serving agencies on the 2nd floor: Ministry of Children and Family Development, Interior Health, ARC Programs, YMCA Jumpstart.

Phase 2: $1.2 Million ‘Futures Start Here’ Fundraising Goal – IN PROGRESS
Main Floor Renovation & Open Foundry Penticton
Foundry Penticton, operated by OneSky Community Resources, will occupy 6,000 square feet on the main floor. Foundry Penticton, opening in early 2019, works with community partners to bring health and social services together in a single place to make it easier for young people to find the care, connections and support they need.

Phase 3: Basement Renovation & Social Enterprise
7,000 square feet of space in the basement will be used for additional activities and programs to meet evolving needs that are identified by youth and service providers. When the fundraising has been completed the building will generate new granting dollars for community projects, increasing the Foundation’s annual grants to local charities from $450,000 per year to more than $600,000.


About One Sky Community Resources Society

For more than 50 years, One Sky is a social services organization providing a range of community programs and services for individuals and families at every stage of life in the South Okanagan/ Similkameen. The organization helps over 600 people daily in more than 40 programs in 15 communities. The society’s services are organized in four strategic pillars:  Child Care & Support Services; Youth & Family Services; Community Living Services for Adults with Developmental Disabilities; and Community Development.

About Foundry

Foundry removes barriers and increases access to care by developing a province-wide network of wellness centres for young people ages 12-24. Foundry centres provide a one-stop-shop for young people to access mental health care, substance use services, primary care, social services and youth and family peeer supports. By bringing together a variety of health and social services under one roof and working in partnership with young people and families, Foundry is helping BC’s young people get the help they need when they need it. Hosted by Providence Health Care, Foundry is supported by the Government of British Columbia, Graham Boeckh Foundation, Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research and St. Paul’s Foundation. Foundry Penticton will be the 8th Foundry to open in BC. To learn more visit