(Thursday, July 26, 2018) – The YMCA of Greater Moncton is recruiting young adults aged 15 to 30 as well as community partners to participate in an innovative national service initiative.

The local YMCA is one of 10 across Canada piloting the YMCA Community Action Network (YCAN), a program that will see young Canadians develop service projects to address specific community needs, says Kayla Cruickshank, coordinator of the YMCA of Greater Moncton’s YCAN.

“This is a great way for young adults to get volunteer service hours, increase their employability, build community connections and increase civic engagement,” says Cruickshank. “We’re hoping to involve youth who are traditionally underrepresented, from immigrant to indigenous youth to those experiencing poverty, those racialized, those who have a disability or those who identify as part of the LGBTQ+ community.”  

In addition to youth, Cruickshank says YCAN is also seeking community partners interested in benefiting from a service project.

“We’re looking for organizations who would like to team up with us and give youth opportunities to work on projects that respond to issues and needs in our community,” she says. “It’s a fantastic opportunity for organizations as well as the youth.”

Those interested in getting involved can contact Cruickshank by phone at 857-9696 or by email at kayla.cruickshank@ymcamoncton.ca

The YMCA of Greater Moncton is a registered charity dedicated to building healthy communities. Its focus on inclusiveness and accessibility means it serves people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities through all stages of life.