Surrey Annual SASSY Awards event helps celebrate Youth Week in the city.
From May 1-7, several online and in-person rallies are planned for young people at venues across Surrey, with lawn games, wall painting, skateboarding, basketball and more.
British Columbia Youth Week is billed as “a provincial celebration of youth” in a calendar of events posted on the City of Surrey’s website (surrey.ca/kidsweek).
“It’s a week of fun interactions and a celebration meant to build a strong connection between young people and their communities,” the website promises. “These events aim to showcase the interests, accomplishments and diversity of young people across the province.
The SASSY, or Service Above Self by Surrey Youth, awards will take place at Surrey Town Hall on Wednesday May 4 from 7 p.m.
The event, co-hosted by Semiahmoo Rotary Club and the City of Surrey, aims to recognize “the fantastic young people who live, work and learn in Surrey and White Rock”, emphasizing the core values of service, camaraderie, diversity, integrity and leadership.
Seat reservations are available on the event website, sassyawardssurrey.ca.
Six awards will be given in the Arts & Culture Leadership, Community Service, Environmental Leadership, Youth Leadership, Overcoming Adversity and Sports and Recreation Leadership categories.
Three finalists will be selected in each category. Through community partnerships, the winner will receive a $1,500 prize as well as a $500 donation to a favorite charity. The other two finalists will each receive $500 plus a $250 donation to charity.
The work of three finalists in each category will be featured in a short video at the event.
The 11th Annual Sassy Awards went live online last year, and 2022 marks the return to an in-person event.
Other activities for Youth Week 2022 in Surrey are listed below:
Lawn Games Tournament at Clayton Community Center, May 3, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.: “Stop by for a friendly (or competitive!) game of Spikeball, croquet, cornhole, petanque and more! End the evening with an ice cream or a popsicle. Registration is encouraged, but walk-ins are welcome.
Mural/canvas at South Surrey Recreation & Arts Center, May 3, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.: “Bring your friends and create a group mural or paint your own. Every idea is welcomed !”
Basketball Tournament at Newton Recreation Center, May 4, 4:30-8:30 p.m.: “Register your team of five for a free basketball tournament to celebrate Youth Week!” Team registration form available at reception.
Mini basketball games at South Surrey Recreation & Arts Center, May 5, 6:30-8:30 p.m.: “Join us for free basketball and play mini-games to win prizes!” Bring a team or come alone. All skill levels are welcome.
Skate demo at the Chuck Bailey Recreation CenterMay 6, 5-7 p.m.: “Meet up to learn skateboarding tricks and take part in mini-games to win prizes!”
Art in the Park at Fleetwood Community Center, May 6, 4:30-6:30 p.m.: “Join us for an evening of art in the park!” An instructor will guide you step by step to create a masterpiece or you can let your imagination control the brush! Time permits. The activity can be moved indoors.
Soccer skills competition at Hjorth Road Park, May 7, 2-5 p.m.: “Join us for a soccer skills competition and intergenerational try-out activities. Lots of chances to win prizes! Registration is required, but visits are welcome, space permitting.