(Moncton, N.B. – October 25, 2019) The YMCA of Greater Moncton has received $10,000 in Canada Post Community Foundation support for its Plusone Mentoring Program.

“We are immensely grateful to Canada Post for this funding, which will help us continue to operate and expand this fantastic program that is truly changing lives,” said Jaime MacLellan, the YMCA’s Senior Director of Education, Youth Leadership and Global Initiatives, during a cheque presentation yesterday.

YMCA Plusone Mentoring is a community-based program for youth 10 to 17 years old who are experiencing challenges in their social and academic development. Community partners including schools, social workers, police and other YMCA programs refer participants to the program.

Youth participants and volunteer adult mentors are matched for a one-year period. Mentors receive specialized training prior to engaging with their mentee. The mentoring relationship is guided by a program support worker.

The pair meet weekly at the local YMCA to participate in sports, leisure and capacity-building activities, with an authentic relationship being formed between the youth and their mentor.

“Plusone really helps youth gain new skills and tools to help them navigate the challenges they confront in their daily life,” said MacLellan. “The program helps the community as well, such as by working proactively with youth to build resilience and a positive self-image, and contributing to the reduction of youth criminality.”

Meanwhile, the Canada Post Community Foundation said the organization is proud to fund programs and services that make a difference in the lives of Canadian children and youth.

“Thanks to our retail employees and generous customers, the Canada Post Community Foundation is able to enrich the lives of thousands in communities across the country each year.”