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ROC youth entrepreneurs saying YES to success

Youth with Picton’s Recreation Outreach Centre are ‘Roc’N’ entrepreneural skills with a new hot dog stand at the Giant Tiger lot.

The ROC has funding from the Ontario 150 Partnership Program to initiate the YES Program, designed to engage and empower entrepreneurship for youth ages 12 – 18.

The ROC’N Dogs Food Cart is a student work experience project to teach the teens customer service and money handling skills through work experience.

“We had support from PELA-CFDC in arranging the Willy Dog Food Cart to be donated for the summer and Mike Payette from Giant Tiger, Picton, for the use of his space on Main Street, affording us this opportunity,” said Darlene Thompson, ROC Executive Director. “It is wonderful to have so much support for the youth from our community.”

Sydney Kerr, Program Coodinator said the youth enhanced their employability skills through the month of preparation in advance of the July 31st opening.

“In addition to training and planning, all students and staff obtained their Food Handler Training Certificate at the Hasting Prince Edward Health Unit,” she said. “The ROC’s mandate has always been to work with youth to be a catalyst for the positive development of their futures. The teens are gaining skills and contributing to a healthier Prince Edward County by engaging with the community and its members through this project.”

The ROC’N Dog Food Cart is open weekdays from 11am – 2pm outside Giant Tiger, Main Street, Picton, and offers jumbo dogs, junior dogs, sausages and drinks. All funds raised support the teens’ employment at the cart as well as the ROC’s Prince Edward County Youth Centre, located at 299 Main Street, Picton.

The ROC, Recreation Outreach Centre is a registered charity that builds relationships, provides opportunities and creates connections through programs that support personal and social development for children and youth, ages 6-18, in Prince Edward County. To learn more about ROC programs, visit

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