The Centre for Young Parents has received funding to move forward with a social enterprise in the form of a thrift shop project in our Grande Prairie.  

Social enterprises intend to be revenue-generating organizations that can help a nonprofit organization achieve social, cultural, community economic to earn revenue to help the organization with funding their program(s) within that community.  

CYP Project Thrift Shop will support the creation of a social enterprise thrift store to provide ongoing revenue, work placement opportunities and essential items for low-income individuals and families in Grande Prairie and the County of Grande Prairie.  

This project will work with many non-profit organizations in the community by helping with vouchers for clients in need.  

CYP Executive Director, Shauna Livesey states the impacts of this project will include inclusive, barrier free access to services for families and individuals. Most importantly this project is a community driven initiative that gives back to the community.  

“We will have some paid employees, but we are really hoping to get some volunteers in there as well to help with the initiatives. We will also eventually have a work placement program where some of our young parents can get some of those vital job skills to help them move forward in the working world.” 

Centre for Young Parents programs include a free food pantry, donation room, free childcare, parenting support and education, mental health counselling, pre and postnatal care, grief support groups, options counselling, economic advancement program, empowering parents' program and free transportation to appointments, school, and the Centre. 

To learn more about the Centre for Young Parents go to their website or Facebook page.