Sylvan Lake youth to take part in Big Brother competition

Deshon Lennard said the Youth Advisory Council every year plans at least one or two large community events

Members of the Sylvan Lake Youth Advisory Council will host their very own version of Big Brother starting Friday, Jan. 29 at 9 a.m., and ending Saturday, Jan. 30, at 4:30 p.m.

The two-day youth event will take place at the Flipside Youth Drop-In Centre, located in the Sylvan Lake Community Centre building.

For the event, 14 contestants, all from Grades 7 to 12, will compete against each other to win the grand prize — a prepaid credit card.

During the competition, contestants will be housed at the Flipside. They’ll compete to eliminate each other in the facility’s downstairs level by completing different physical and intellectual competitions. The winner of each competition will receive a prize.

The deadline to enter the competition is Jan. 16. Youth Centre co-ordinator Deshon Lennard will draw two contestants from each grade to take part.

Lennard said the town’s youth are very much looking forward to the event. He strongly expects contestant spots to fill up quickly.

“We’ve had a lot of hype around this. Kids come up to me and ask me about it,” he said.

Lennard said the Youth Advisory Council every year plans at least one or two large community events. Various Friday night activities are also planned.

“We have a goal of having an activity every Friday night so if youth have no place to go they can come to the night,” Lennard said.

After the Big Brother contest, the Youth Advisory Council will focus on planning events for National Youth Week.

“We are the voice of what can happen for youth in this town,” Lennard said. “(We decide) what activities happen and how to spend the money given to us by town council. Our events are open to all youth and are usually free.”