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City of Surrey honours local youth aging out of care

October 5, 2016

For immediate release: October 5, 2016

This year, 59 Surrey youth will age out of government care. Many face challenges in areas such as homelessness, employment and mental health. The Surrey Poverty Reduction Coalition is hosting an exhibition – “19th Birthday Party” – that relates to youth transitioning from government care.

“Surrey youth in care are resilient and have positive plans for the future,” said Mayor Linda Hepner. “The City of Surrey fully supports this event which brings into focus the challenges and support required for youth who have turned 19 and have aged out of government care.”

The “19th Birthday Party” is a multi-media art installation developed by the Vancouver Foundation that explores experiences relating to youth transitioning out of government care at age 19. Learn more about the work that community organizations in Surrey have been engaged in to support the young people when they turn 19 at a reception at City Hall on October 6th at 5pm.

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Program inquiries:

Aileen Murphy
Senior Social Planner
Planning & Development
City of Surrey
604.591.4315
amurphy@surrey.ca

                      

Media inquiries:
Oliver Lum
Communications Manager
Office of the Mayor
City of Surrey
604.591.4519
owlum@surrey.ca