A busy year for the youth centre

Adeje Youth Centre registered over 19,000 visits last year

The Adeje department of youth, under Councillor Zebenzui Chinea Linares, has released details of last year’s events and participation by the younger Adeje generation, with over 19,000 visits to the municipal young club during the 12-month period. The department organised 569 events during year.

“Adeje’s young people use the centre as their own, as a meeting place, as somewhere they know they can access a range of services of real interest to them”, said the councillor, who added that the “increase in visits is also down to the diversification of events we are organising”. In fact, there were almost eight thousand more visits in 2018 than in 2017.

Of those who dropped into and used the centre last year, over 7,000 were young women, over 11,000 young men, with 14-16-year olds the most represented age group although there are a healthy number of over 20s who use the centre for activities as well.

Among the kind of events and activities planned and organised by the centre are training, entertainment and courses designed to improve quality of life. One of the most popular and used service has been a mobile service with young people from the department travelling to different parts of the borough offering information and activities for local youth.

Young secondary school students also find a home in the youth centre and the council’s initiative, to reward them for academic as well as social prowess has been welcomed by the borough’s school goers. This year up to 10 students will be travelling to Cork, in Ireland, to take part in a 2-week summer camp, staying with families, with flights and accommodation paid for.

Sporting and creative activities work to help our young people explore other parts of their talents as well as giving them a space to work on improving their quality of life. The ‘invention galley’ is a favourite among many users of the centre, inviting participants to share their writings, literature, poetry, and get to know the work of others. In this way they can get to appreciate the writings of Canarian authors as well as those from the rest of Spain and beyond.

‘El Puntito’ is for 12-15 year olds and includes training workshops and talks designed to help young people work and have fun together, through arts and crafts, excursions, exhibitions, etc, all with the aim of improving harmony and social awareness among the borough’s younger generation. There are also aids to help young people make better use of their free time, while encouraging integration within the community.

The youth centre’s multi-use halls are popular as are the studios for rehearsal and recording, the study areas are well used, as are the virtual zones, the dance space and the outdoor terrace, as much by individuals as by the many groups and associations who are frequent visitors to the centre.