Big Brothers and Big Sisters
The Community Policing Office is thrilled to be working with Merritt’s Mentoring Coordinator for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Kamloops and Region. They are looking for both adult and teen volunteers ("Bigs") and children and youth ("Littles") in the Merritt area that would like to get involved in their mentoring programs. Big Brothers Big Sisters has a volunteer program that can suit your schedule and lifestyle.
Please drop by the Community Policing Office to pick up an application if you’re interested in being a mentor or if you think your child could benefit from having a mentor in their life! If you have any questions about their programs, please contact Terry Baker, Mentoring Coordinator for Merritt, at (250) 280-2327 or firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also start the registration process online at www.bbbskamloops.ca.
Smart Step Youth Association
Smart Step is a youth led program that runs each summer to develop and deliver programs, services and opportunities for the youth of Merritt to become active participants in their community.
Smart Step weekly meetings:
Smart Step meets weekly through the summer and hosts guest speakers and workshops on various topics geared to youth.
Canada Day Celebration: Smart Step provides support to the City of Merritt in the annual Canada Day Celebration event. Smart Step youth provide fun activities for children including face-painting.
Graffiti Removal Initiative: Smart Step provides this service to the community of Merritt each year by identifying areas affected by graffiti and subsequently removing it. This event bolsters Merritt's image as a beautiful place to live, work, play and visit.
Kids Sports Camp: Smart Step organizes and runs a free-of-charge, week-long Sports Camp in August to all children in Merritt from ages 5 - 12 to encourage and engage them in physical activity.