(Moncton, N.B. – November 19, 2019) The YMCA of Greater Moncton has received $15,000 in support for its Plusone Mentoring Program from the New Brunswick Children’s Foundation.
“This donation will allow mentors and youth the opportunity to obtain a YMCA membership, allowing them to benefit from our wide range of programs and services,” said Jaime MacLellan, the YMCA’s Senior Director of Education, Youth Leadership and Global Initiatives. “We are truly grateful to the New Brunswick Children’s Foundation for this generous contribution.”
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.
“The YMCA Plusone Mentoring Program falls in line with the majority of the New Brunswick Children’s Foundation core values,” said Foundation Director Mike Ivany. “Specifically, it is an investment in responsible and productive activities, leading our community to a better tomorrow and developing the potential in every child. We are glad to have a positive role in the success of this program within the Greater Moncton Area.”
Youth participants and volunteer adult mentors are matched for a one-year period. Mentors receive specialized training prior to engaging with their mentee. A program support worker guides the mentoring relationship.
Mentors and youth meet weekly at the local YMCA to participate in sports, leisure and capacity-building activities, with an authentic relationship being formed.