MONCTON, NB, November 6, 2019 – The YMCA of Greater Moncton is pleased to receive a $20,000 Bell Let’s Talk Community Fund grant in support of its Plusone Mentoring program.

“We are so grateful to Bell Let’s Talk for this important contribution,” said Zane Korytko, CEO of the YMCA of Greater Moncton. “The funding will be used to help operate our Plusone Mentoring program in the Greater Moncton area, engaging and equipping young people to overcome the challenges they face. The program will support over 120 youth ages 10 to 17 in developing healthy relationships and coping mechanisms, helping them integrate into their community and increasing their sense of resilience and ambition for the future.”

Community partners – including schools, social workers, police and other YMCA program leads – refer youth participants to the YMCA’s Plusone Mentoring program where they are matched with volunteer adult mentors for a one-year period. Mentors receive specialized training prior to engaging with their mentee and a program support worker guides the mentoring relationship. The pair meet weekly at the local YMCA to participate in sports, leisure and capacity-building activities, forming an authentic relationship between the youth and their mentor.

“Bell Let's Talk is pleased to support the YMCA of Greater Moncton’s Plusone Mentoring program to help young people develop meaningful relationships and integrate into the community,” said Mary Deacon, Chair of Bell Let's Talk. “The 2019 Bell Let’s Talk Community Fund is supporting over 120 organizations in communities across Canada, like The YMCA of Greater Moncton, which are making a difference for people living with mental health issues and their families.”

The Bell Let's Talk initiative promotes Canadian mental health with national awareness and anti-stigma campaigns like Bell Let's Talk Day and provides significant Bell funding of community care and access, research and workplace leadership initiatives. To learn more, please visit Bell.ca/LetsTalk.