Moncton, N.B., September 27, 2017 – The YMCA of Greater Moncton today celebrated its community partnership with Rogers, who recently provided a $25,000 community grant as part of the Ted Rogers Scholarship Program, to support the Y’s Alternative Suspension Program.  The program helps local youth suspended from school transform their time out of the classroom into a more positive experience.

“For tens of thousands of youth in Canada, succeeding and even staying in school can be a challenge,” said Zane Korytko, CEO of the YMCA of Greater Moncton. “A traditional at-home suspension is a missed opportunity for both the student and the school. However, the YMCA Alternative Suspension program has proven over the years that the time away from school can turn into a positive experience promoting the student’s personal growth and academic success.”

Launched in June 2017, the Ted Rogers Scholarship Fund is dedicated to helping the brightest young leaders across the country succeed in their educational aspirations, awarding 150 scholarships in its inaugural year. The Fund also provided 65 community grants in 2017 to organizations that focus on youth development and educational programs.

“Rogers is committed to helping make our communities a better place by investing in the success of the future generation of Canadians,” said Jessica Gallant, Director of Customer Care at Rogers. “We are pleased to partner with the YMCA of Greater Moncton and help make a significant difference in the lives of young participants in the Alternative Suspension program.” 

Working in conjunction with school districts, YMCA Alternative Suspension supports youth during their suspension from school as well as their reintegration into the classroom by promoting personal development and autonomy, and transforming the individual’s time away into a more positive experience. The program focuses on the negative behaviour that leads to the suspension, which can be related to bullying, low self-esteem, anxiety from stress or other mental health issues.

For more on the Ted Rogers Scholarship Fund, please visit: www.TedRogersFund.com