Rossland YAN 15 in 15 matching campaign!

A new Youth Action Network Space for the youth of Rossland!!

We still need your help! We’re about half way to our goal – please share!

We are so excited about how this project is turning out and are soo very grateful for all the people and businesses who have held make it a possibility.

About ’15 in 15′ You Can Make the Difference Campaign! Donate now at

The Rossland Youth Action Network (YAN) Centre is getting a new home – Donate now and your contribution is doubled!!

The YAN Space will be a community hub that provides a safe place for youth to connect, to learn new skills and to participate in positive experiences. The support we have received from businesses, trades people and individuals who want to help has been inspiring!

Join us in completing the project by supporting the‘15 in 15’ You Can Make the Difference Matching Campaign

Local businesses and individuals have shown their commitment to supporting our youth by generously donating funds to launch the‘15 in 15’ You Can Make a Difference Matching Campaign. These funders have committed to match community donations dollar for dollar up to $7500 between November 9th – 23rd. with the goal of raising $15,000 in 15 days to provide the much needed funds to open the doors of the new YAN Space.

Make a donation of $25 or more and receive a tax receipt from the City of Rossland! or online at

We also need volunteers! If you are interested in volunteering to help with this project or have questions about the renovation, please contact YAN Coordinator Mike Kent at

Please spread the word about the‘15 in 15’ You Can Make a Difference Matching Campaign and ask your friends to give.

Big Thanks to the following businesses and individuals who have made this campaign possible!

Crossline Films

Dr Cindy Loukras

The Alpine Grind

Jeff Weaver

Revolution Cycle

The Rossland Youth Service Group

Jim Firstbrook

Mountain Town Properties

Sarah & Scot Mountain

Engen Services

Ripple Effect Consulting

Gabrielle’s Restaurant

Bear Country Kitchen

Our Halloween Party Updates!

Our Halloween party was a great success! Over 52 youth from the Rossland (and Trail) community attended! We watched Hocus Pocus, had a mummy fashion show, made candy apples, dance-offs, karaoke and more!

Thank you to the Seven Summits Centre for Learning for letting us use their location to provide a fun and safe space for our Halloween activities.

Dungeons & Dragons is back!

Dungeons & Dragons is back with DM Cody!! First meeting Friday October 27th 7-9pm at the Rossland Scouts Hall.

Past group members and new dedicated members are welcome! Bring what you have to play (if you dont have anything thats ok too). Please try to make it to the first meeting if you can as the group will be DM Cody will be assessing everyones levels and catching people up, as well as discussing future plans for the group. Please email if you are coming so we know who and how many to expect!
For ages 12-18, yes, there will be snacks; )

Rossland YAN now hiring! Job posting for local Student

Rossland Job Posting for a student in grade 10-12!!

Rossland Youth Action Network (YAN) is looking to hire a local student part-time to help with Social Media, YAN Programs, and Space needs.
Hours: up to 12 hours a week
Hourly wage: $12.00
Taking applications until September 30, 2017
Employment Dates: Oct 11, 2017 – May 31, 2018
Supervisor: YAN Program Facilitator

Applicant must be a Student during the time of employment.
Computer Literate and Social Media savvy.
Work well with others and take direction from supervisor(s).
Ability to achieve and complete tasks in a timely manner.
Ability to carry out tasks independently.
Great communication skills.
Able to represent the Youth Action Network in a positive, engaging and appropriate manner.
An eager and strong work ethic with the ability to be flexible and take on additional tasks.

Responsibilities & Roles:
Social Media Liaison: Keep all of the YAN’s social media, website, online events, and posts up to date. This will include setting up posts, information, and pics for daily engagement with our FB, Instagram, and tumblr accounts/audience. Maintaining current information and posting monthly blogs to the Rossland Youth Action Network website. Applicant is expected to take a vested interest in ensuring a fun, engaging, and appropriate tone in all postings that will well represent the ‘voice’ and culture of the YAN. Chosen applicant will work closely with the Program Facilitator to help achieve this goal.
YAN Programing Promotion: As well as keeping the YAN’s online presence and promotion current; creating, hanging up, and distributing flyers and posters. Engaging with other teens about upcoming events.
YAN Space: Help ensure the YAN Space area and materials are orderly and clean. This entails weekly cleaning the space, organizing materials, and reporting concerns to Supervisor.
YAN Program Assistant: Assist and support YAN lead staff and volunteers as needed in YAN Programs. Student to help create a welcoming, positive, and fun atmosphere within the YAN Space and it’s programs.

To apply: Please email Kristen Renn at with your resume, contact info, and a little bit about yourself. The Rossland Youth Action Network will be contacting applicants chosen for interviews after the Application closed date: September 30th

Great Article by the Rossland News on the new YAN Space; timelines, volunteer & finishing funds needed
The south side of the new YAN building has a mezzanine that will house an office and lounge area. (Chelsea Novak/Rossland News)

New Rossland youth space expected to open in October

The southern portion of the new Rossland youth space is expected to open in October. By Chelsea Novak.

The southern portion of the new Rossland youth space is expected to open in October.

A building on the former Emcon Lot is being transformed into the new Rossland Youth Action Network (YAN) Space, and YAN coordinator Mike Kent says the south side of the building is expected to be open for programming on Oct. 16.

So far the garage door in the south part of the building has been removed and replaced by a wall and a mezzanine has been constructed over top of what will be the boot room/entrance way, the interior-access bathroom, the exterior-access bathroom (for use by skatepark users) and a mechanical room. The space underneath the stairs leading down from the mezzanine will be used for storage and next to the interior-access bathroom there will also be a stacked washer and dryer. The main floor will also have a kitchenette, similar to the one in the current YAN Space, for preparing snacks and in-floor radiant heat.

Upstairs on the mezzanine, there will be an office, which so far has three windows installed, and a lounge area.

Not much has been done to the north side of the building yet but, like the south side, it will need to have a beam installed to bring the roof up to code for bearing snow.

Kent says that so far plenty of local businesses have stepped up to help with the project by either donating or discounting supplies or services: Alpine Disposal and Recycling, the Regional District of Kootenay Boundary, Ital Electric, Main Plumbing and Heating, Trail Roofing, MacLeod Nine Consultants, Columbia Glass, Simm Excavating & Snow Removal, Chinook Scaffolding, Kootenayview Concrete Finishing, Trail Ready Mix, Andrew Sheret, West K Concrete, Benefit Construction, Guillevin International, Maglio’s Building Centre and Mountain High Lighting.

The project has also received funding from the City of Rossland, Teck, the Columbia Basin Trust, Rossland Rotary and Area B.

And a number of individuals from the community have contributed as well.

“There’ve been so many Rossland individuals, when we’ve put out calls for volunteers, who have come and helped — with demolition [and] I had a volunteer here last week helping put in insulation,” says Kent. “So the community has been super supportive. It’s been really great.”

YAN is still looking for more volunteers to help with installing insulation, dry wall and fixtures, and eventually to help with painting.

Anyone interested can contact Kristen Renn at

YAN is also still fundraising for the project. Kent says their projection is that they’ll need another $18,000 to finish the north side of the building, which they hope to have completed by the new year. The space will serve as a multi-purpose room.

Cash donations are eligible for a charitable receipt from the City of Rossland and can be made online at or by dropping off or mailing a cheque to Rossland City Hall, Box 1179, Rossland BC, V0G 1Y0. Cheques may be made out to Rossland Youth Action Network — City of Rossland.

New YAN Space Renovation Update!

New YAN Space Reno Project! – Updates

A new Youth Action Network Space for the youth of Rossland!!

Our biggest project right now?…The New YAN teen Space! We are working hard on raising funds, planning, coordinating, and working on the renovations (especially Mike) and It’s going great. Even on schedule! We just need a little more support with the last of needed finishing funds. Please consider donating to this important building that will provide a welcoming and inclusive space for youth and the community. We accept and are grateful for donations of all levels. You may donate to the new Rossland YAN teen space at this link or at Rossland City Hall, donations over $25 are eligible for a receipt. It gonna be great and an important hub for our youth now and to come. Let’s make sure it’s open by mid Oct 2017 together!

We are so excited about how this project is turning out and are soo very grateful for all the people and businesses who have held make it a possibility.

The Hows & Whys of this project:

This new teen space in Rossland is a community build. Meaning that lots of different community businesses, contractors, tradespersons, volunteers, and organizations have pulled together to help make this project happen. Throughout 2016 & 2017, Rossland YAN organized, wrote grants, and raised a good portion of the funds needed to get this project rolling and close to finished, and as many of the contractors and tradespersons were either donating time and resources or at a discount it was key that we start the many stages of the project when convenient for their schedules. The old YAN Space on Columbia Ave was super, but it also cost Rossland YAN a lot in rent and utilities. Money that could be better spent going towards the renovation of the new YAN Space ( a 1x cost) that, when done, would become an asset of the city and community. So, at the end of May 2017 we moved out of the old YAN Space and got started with the build! Estimates for the Renovation of the New YAN Space were calculated as best they could, and of course there are always unforeseen costs and unknown calculations – such as if we would get 100% of all grants we were still waiting for (we didn’t), or where and when we can get deals on supplies as they come needed.

So, with this in mind we hope you understand that this renovation project for the Teen Space and community building is going amazingly and on schedule, but, to finish up the last of the renovations we need your help. We need $20K more to complete this project. These last funds will be going towards the completion of the North Bay “Multipurpose Room” of the new YAN Space. It is planned to be used for a stage area for open mic nights and performances, large room ball and game play, indoor skateboard options, and maybe, just maybe,…an indoor Climbing Wall!

So please spread the word. Donate what you can.

Interested in Volunteer options? email us at

****Renovation Updates!****


Update: Sept. So the new YAN Space is getting a new roof today!!!

Trail Roofing has come through in a big way getting deals/donations from their suppliers and giving a large discount (like half price!!!)

Thanks for putting a roof over the heads of the youth of Rossland


Renovation Update: Things are still progressing at the future home of the YAN. The electrical and plumbing rough ins are done. We can’t thank Brad Smith of Ital Electric and Andre Kazoom of Main Plumbing and Heating enough for their contributions to this project!



Renovation Update: Rainbow crosswalk and siding starting!

We’re Moving! Thank you for all the support!

The YAN Space is currently in progress of moving to a new location in Rossland on Washington Street across from RSS! We will be renovating the building and developing new programming during the summer. We will be excited to reopen Oct 2017!! Stay tuned for updated info on upcoming events and programs. 

Thank you to those that have contributed to help the start of this wonderful project!


Last week at YAN Space downtown Rossland!

This will be the last week the YAN Space will be at the downtown Rossland location. YAN staff will be working hard from June to Sept in cleaning up and moving the YAN Space to it’s new location on Washington Street across from the High School. If you wish to help out during the summer in preparing the new Space please email with your interest. Thanks so much, we have really enjoyed our time on Columbia and are stoked to open up the new Space!!