Jump into health with new Lumby program

The new Whitevalley Community Resource Centre coordinator hopes to get people jumping. Jumping rope, that is.

Competitive jump rope is a sport that is gaining popularity in the province with teams in the Lower Mainland and Kootenays. Alisa Singh, who started her position in March, was a coach when she was a student at the University of the Fraser Valley and wants to see Lumby have the first team in the Okanagan.

“It’s much harder than people think and it’s a sport you can do with simple equipment,” said Singh, who has a degree in history and has completed the Professional Teacher Education Program at the University of the Fraser Valley.

She is looking for other low-cost activities for local youth, including volleyball, and reminds people that the community resource centre has a variety of sports equipment which can be borrowed.

“As much as I love sports, I’m not going to focus on just that. I also love cooking and we’ll try to have some cooking classes for youth and whatever else the youth tell me they want,” she said.

Singh is also coordinator for the Community Pride Employment Program, which helps youth with job skills and some paid employment placements to help them get experience and build résumés. There are also community volunteer opportunities for youth.

She is working on reaching out to youth in ways they can relate to, like texting, emails and a Facebook page.

“Young people do a lot of social networking so this is a good way to communicate with them. It has a lot of potential,” she said.

The Whitevalley Community Centre also has licensed after-school care and summer programs for children.

For more information, email alisasingh@gmail.com, call 250-547-8866 or see www.whitevalley.ca.