The YMCA welcomes investment in youth employment programs



    OTTAWA, Jan. 28 /CNW/ - As a national provider of youth employment
programs, the YMCA welcomes the federal government's "one-time" investment in
youth internships.
    Named together with the YWCA in a $15 million grant, this initiative will
provide youth internships in not-for-profit and community service
organizations. The goal of this initiative is to assist young people to gain
valuable employment skills and mentor civic engagement.
    "The YMCA is uniquely qualified to deliver employment training
opportunities through our national network in over 250 communities with staff
specially trained to work with youth on social and employment issues. Over
750,000 young people from urban centres to rural communities are currently
involved in YMCA youth programs across Canada," said Wayne Perkins, YMCA
Canada President and Chief Executive Officer.
    Youth are often more at risk of losing their jobs during an economic
downturn. They typically have part-time or casual work, providing them with no
safety net. This investment will allow the YMCA to provide further
opportunities for young Canadians to gain that significant first job
experience.
    "Research shows that through involvement with the YMCA, doors open for
youth, preparing them for a better future. Through our programs, youth gain
the skills and confidence they need to become healthy, engaged and resilient
adults, contributing to the prosperity of Canada's communities," said Perkins.
    "The YMCA is a charity committed to building strong kids; helping youth
develop in spirit, mind and body," said Perkins. "We welcome this opportunity
to work with the government on this important initiative. Investing in youth
now - prepares them and our country, for a stronger future," he said.

    As a values-based charity dedicated to health promotion and healthy
living; the YMCA serves over 1.82 million people of all backgrounds, abilities
and stages of life. The YMCA's mission is to support the growth of all people
in spirit, mind and body and to foster a sense of responsibility to each other
and the global community. YMCA programs include: youth employment; community
outreach; newcomer services; health, fitness and recreation; international
development; child care; and day and resident camping.




For further information:

For further information: or to arrange an interview, contact: Mary
Stobbe, Manager, Communications, YMCA Canada, Email: mary_stobbe@ymca.ca, Tel:
(416) 967-9622 ext.216, Cell: (416) 518-5086


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