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YMCA Youth Action Needs Your Help!

In Uncategorized on October 24, 2011 at 9:23 am

We need you r help to support YMCA Youth Action.  Round 2 of voting has begun and we need your vote to move us into the semi-finals.  If you have already voted for the YMCA, keep voting. You now have 15 additional votes starting today.  If you haven’t voted yet, don’t worry, it’s never too late to make a difference in your community!

Begin by registering on the Aviva Community Fund website and vote for your favourite ideas.  You’ll have 15 votes per round to use. You can support many ideas or use them all for one idea. That said, you can only use one vote, per idea, per day.

We hope that you’ll use your votes to support the YMCA of Niagara’s Youth Action Program.  Follow the link below to vote today or read on for more information about the YMCA and this terrific program!

 Click here to Vote now!

YMCA Youth Action Giving Kids a Place!

As a values-based charity dedicated to healthy living and well being, the YMCA of Niagara has a positive impact on the health of over 75,000 people of all backgrounds, abilities and stages of life from across the region. Operating from 150 program sites throughout Niagara, the YMCA offers membership, child care, youth outreach, day camp and employment and newcomer services supported by over 1000 volunteers annually.  The YMCA of Niagara is open to all and is dedicated to providing leadership and opportunities for people and their community to grow in spirit, mind, and body.

About the Program

The YMCA of Niagara’s Youth Action program is for all youth in grades 4-8 (age 9 to 14). These programs offer youth a safe and positive environment in which they can learn new skills, participate in physical activities and socialize with friends while having a positive role model to assist and guide them and build their Developmental Assets. Youth Action has been offered to youth in the Niagara community since 1985. This FREE recreational drop in program is offered throughout the week at local school gymnasiums throughout the Niagara region.

Here’s how we want to make a difference.

Our funding request is to bring additional Youth Action Programs to 5 local schools across Niagara.  Why?  Because all kids deserve to have a place where they belong, and we are committed to keeping this program free for all participants.

Currently we have 18 Youth Action sites across St. Catharines, Welland, Niagara Falls and Fort Erie. Last year alone those schools had 6092 visits.  The need for this program is great, but we can’t do it alone.  With additional funding, we can offer more programs to serve more youth.

How much do we need? 

Our grant request is $30,000.  The cost to run one of our Youth Action programs is $6,000 a year.  This includes program start up equipment, and staffing costs.  Our goal is to add 5 new programs to schools that are identified in need of recreational activities.

We hope you enjoy our video, it can be found here on Aviva, ymcaofniagara.org, YMCA of Niagara’s Facebook and Twitter, YouTube and on our Digital Displays in our 4 membership centers.

Thank you for supporting Niagara’s youth!

To find out more about how the YMCA is making a difference in the Niagara community, visit our website at ymcaofniagara.org.

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