The Ministry of Community Sport and Cultural Development has announced a pilot project that will help youth in communities in economic transition.

Minister, Coralee Oakes says the Directorate of Agencies for School Health program already runs in many northern communities such as the Hazeltons and Terrace but the ministry wanted to expand it to include communities that may have fallen on hard times.

“What we found was communities like Quesnel and Houston actually weren’t having the opportunity to access the DASH funding but we know that when things happen in communities like mill closures that families are facing significant challenges.”

The $100,000 DASH program will go towards after school sports and art classes.

“I had the privilege of touring a school in Prince George that has the DASH program and they do everything have from elders coming in to teach drum making to floor hockey. We heard a number of the students get up and talk about what the program meant to them.”

The program will run for the 2014-2015 school year.