The Rotary Paradise Youth Centre became a possibility due to the dedication and commitment of the Avalon Northeast Rotary to the youth of Paradise. It was their vision to establish the first youth operated and managed recreational, educational and social gathering facility in the Province.
During 2002 a group of Rotarians visited Summerside, PEI and discovered a youth centre called Generation XX, which was run by an adult and youth volunteer board. Generation XX is a huge success and according to poilce the incidents of vandalism and petty crimes involving youth had decreased significantly since the opening of the youth centre.
The Avalon Northeast Rotary club on their return from Summerside decided to consult the youth of Paradise to determine the viability of a youth centre in Paradise. A youth board was established to drive the project. The Rotary members decided a youth centre for Paradise would be a worthwhile project to adopt as their next major focus. The Rotary club then raised $100,000 over a five-year period.
Town of Paradise
Paradise is the fastest growing community in Atlantic Canada with a population over 14,000. It was recognized by the Town of Paradise that the youth population had no place to go and incidents of vandalism and loitering were rising. The Town of Paradise in cooperation with the youth, town residents, Rotary and RNC were very eager to find a solution. The Town of Paradise recognized a need for a Youth Centre and with Rotary provided assistance to make this a reality.