(Wednesday, February 14, 2018) – The YMCA of Greater Moncton and nine other YMCAs across Canada are piloting an innovative program to engage youth in community projects.
The YMCA Community Action Network (YCAN) will see young Canadians develop service projects to address specific community needs, says Jaime MacLellan, Director of Community and Global Initiatives at the YMCA of Greater Moncton.
“The YMCA will tailor this initiative to involve and support youth who are traditionally underrepresented, including youth who are experiencing poverty, racialized, immigrant, indigenous, have a disability or identify as part of the LGBTQ+ community,” says MacLellan. “We're recruiting youth participants aged 15 to 30. This is a great way for young adults to gain opportunity in obtaining volunteer service hours, increase employability with enhanced personal and professional skills, build community connections and increase civic engagement.”
Last month, the federal government announced that the YMCA is one of several organizations selected to take part in a new program called Canada Service Corps. The program aims to support young Canadians aged 15 to 30 get involved in their community through service opportunities while also gaining valuable skills.
Each of the service projects will develop a network of community contacts and stakeholders, increasing the meaningfulness of the project, creating opportunities for youth development and adding value to the local community.
“Giving youth opportunities to work on projects they are truly passionate about is truly empowering,” says MacLellan. “It becomes more significant when these projects can directly benefit their communities. We are honoured to be part of such a program.”
The YCAN program will be offered by the YMCA of Greater Vancouver, YMCA Calgary, YMCA of Saskatoon, YMCA-YWCA of Winnipeg, YMCA of Greater Toronto, YMCA of Northeastern Ontario, YMCAs of Quebec, YMCA of Halifax Dartmouth, YMCA of Newfoundland and Labrador, as well as the YMCA of Greater Moncton.
Those interested in getting involved or want to learn more can contact MacLellan at 857-0606 ext. 2269 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.