Souper Bowls of Hope is almost here!
EAT SOUP. HAVE FUN. KEEP THE BOWL.
Victoria, BC, March 14, 2018 – Souper Bowls of Hope, a longstanding fundraiser in support of Victoria Youth Empowerment Society (YES) returns on Thursday, April 5, 2018 for the 20th time since its creation by former City Councillor Helen Hughes in 1998. From 11:00 am to 1:30 pm attendees or Community Souper Heroes will enjoy a bowl of soup and entertainment at the Victoria Conference Center then choose a bowl to keep from the hundreds of handmade creations that have made the event so popular over the years.
This year’s event focuses on supporting two YES programs that help Victoria’s vulnerable youth (ages 13 to 21) learn about healthy eating habits. You(th) Can Cook is a community kitchen program catered towards at-risk youth who are working towards living independently or already live independently but are in need of cooking and nutrition skills. Each class involves an educational component such as budgeting for food as well as a hands-on cooking class. The You(th) Can Garden program provides hands-on knowledge and experience for youth in the area of food security as well as access to fresh produce throughout the year.
“The community kitchen and garden programs have been incredibly important in developing youths’ self-esteem as well as giving them tools to be successful as they transition into adulthood,” said event chair, Michele Davis. “The program staff are seeing youth show up week after week with a sense of excitement and they leave feeling proud and accomplished. This has helped push them forward as they work towards other life goals and the skills that will stay with them well into adulthood.”
Serving the soup this year will be Victoria firefighters, Victoria Police officers, Esquimalt Mayor Barb Desjardins and Jack Knox. The delicious soups are from the kitchens of Fairmont Empress, Union Club, Cheryl’s Gourmet Pantry and 10 Acres Bistro, complemented by bread from Portofino Bakery. Entertainment by the Vic High School R&B Band is a highlight of the event, as are the raffles and silent and live auctions that include a WestJet ‘Gift of Flight’ package for two people and five Capital Iron gift certificates worth $500 each.
Tickets to Souper Bowls of Hope 2018 are $50 per person and can be purchased online. For additional information, to become a sponsor, donate to the silent auction or volunteer for the event, people may visit http://souperbowls.com
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The Victoria Youth Empowerment Society strives to provide a continuum of care that empowers positive choices in the lives of multiple-barrier youth by providing accessible, innovative and proactive programs.
These programs are delivered free of cost to the youth and families of Greater Victoria. We’re here to support all youth in our community to transition to healthy lives and make positive life choice. We strive to meet the needs of youth by working in partnership with families and the community to deliver a safe and supportive environment for at–risk youth.
As a multi-service agency, we offer:
- A safe place off the streets for at-risk and/or homeless youth
- A flexible drop-in component available beyond regular business hours with counsellors who are available without appointments.
- A welcoming, non-judgmental place for youth with mistrust and anxiety issues to access services.
- Specialized support for youth aging out of government care
- Life skills and job training services
- Detox support in a residential, non-medical setting
- Early intervention through family counselling, mediation and outreach support
- An emergency shelter for youth with no safe place to go
Thank you to Our Supporters
YES would to thank our following funders for their continued support through the years. Without this support we would not be able to continue to offer these vital programs to the youth and their families in our community.