Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - May 27, 1970, Lethbridge, Alberta
W.dn.idoy, May IT, THE IHHBKIDCE HERALD 23 Youth Column Cool-Aid Youth Hostel Tabbed Model Operation VICTORIA (CP) Victo- ria's Cool-Aid organization op- erates a hostel for transient youth. It is being held up as a model across Canada, says founding member Bernard Kenney. Mr. Kenney recently at- tended a national conference on transient youth held by the Canadian Welfare Council at Ste. Adele, Que. He said the Cool-Aid operation was viewed as being "quite sophis- ticated" by 72 youth repre- sentatives at the conference. "They were amazed at the co-operation between us and the various community agen- the be said. Twenty-five recommenda- tions were discussed at the meeting and tailed down to five "priority" items: hostels be estab- lished across Canada to prov- ide food and shelter for mo- bile young they are travelling or simply leaving home; emergency medical treatment should be available "to young transients "without jurisdictional welfare agencies should not make moral judg- ments for an individual seek- ing assistance, because hos- tels may provide "a healthier environment for a strung-up kid than an uptight there be an attempt by society to employ young people in institutions such as schools, welfar'e agencies, mental hospitals and Canada Manpower centres, on the premise "that the young in- stinctively know what is wrong with the meaningful work be provided for young people "as perceived by the young people doing it." IDEAS FULFILLED So far Cool-Aid in Victoria has fulfilled the first three ideals. In March, an inler-muniei- -pal committee composed of elected representatives from -the adjoining councils of Vic- ..toria, Saanich, Oak Bay and .Esquimalt approved of .a grant requested by ;Cool-Aid for operation of the .hostel The British Columbia .government has since indi- cated it will make up the re- maining hah" of the request ei- ther in cash grants or vouch- ers for food or other needed materials. Two years ago Cool-Aid was a dirty word in Victoria. It was then that most adults ex- pressed the view that kids with long hair and weird clo- thing wer'e hippie freaks, and when drugs joined the scene the impression was intensi- fied. The picture, never really that simple, has changed. Twelve months ago, workers on the hostel project set out to convert the washed and un- bearded holders of the munici- pal purse strings. Essentially it took only a quiet statement of the pro- ject's first year of operation, during which time young transients were housed in the hostel's old, rented premises. Kids handled cash they raised themselves, and provided food and shelter for youngsters on the move. SECRETS REVEALED Twenty-one-year-old Charles Barber, principal organizer of the project, is the person whose missionary zeal spurred the change of public acceptance of the hostel. He bluntly refuses formal interviews on the basis that personal recognition would undermine the group effort of Here's Solution To Population Tug-Of-War MILES CITY, Mont. An eastern Montana newspa- per has proposed a solution to the census tug of war between Billings and Great Falls for the title of largest city in the state. the Miles City Star has pro- posed that Montana cities get together and send peo- ple to Great Falls. Then Great Falls would be tied with Billings for the number one spot. And the Star says it can recommend 117 Miles City residents to be sent to the electric city. which he is so proud. How- ever, he reveals the secret of the organization in the Cool- Aid annual report: "Kids will often turn to us for help, just because we our- selves are kids. This has been, and continues to be, the 'secret' of Cool-Aid's success. "The chief c r i t i c i s m of Cool-Aid comes from our as- sociation with the problems we are attempting to deal with. To our critics, Cool-Aid induces running away, incurs vagrancy, causes drug usage, attracts transients and wrecks is nonsense. "The kids we serve are kids grateful that they don't have to sleep on a rainy teach, m the park or in grate- ful that Victoria is civilized enough to offer' accommoda- tion regardless of money." The report states that the hostel has housed people be- tween the ages of 12 and 55, but the a.verage range is 15 to 25. About 90 per cent come from the Greater Victoria area and boys outnumber girls nine to one. 'TOO MUCH TO LOSE' House rules mentioned in the report require that hostel guests stay no longer than three days "unless they are in a real anyone under 18 staying at the hostel have per- mission from either a guard- ian or the Family and Chil- dren's Service; anyone bring- ing drugs or liquor1 into the hostel be subject to "immedi- ate and unappealable expul- sion" and vthat no fugitive from the law be harbored. "We have no intention of seeing it (the hostel) fold be- cause some ass wants to blow dope in the have too much to the report states. An increasing array of adult talent is lining up to support the Cool-Aid project. Through the Victoria Medical Society, 12 doctors are available for1 voluntary services; There are three psychiatrists, four law- yers and three ministers also waiting in the wings. 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