Hidden Acres Mennonite Camp - Single Mom's Camp
YMCA Newcomer Youth Pathway to Belonging Project
Sometimes, it takes just one person to believe in you, one person to say, “You matter,” to make a difference. And one good turn creates a ripple effect in the lives of others.
Corrie-ann Snow experienced such a turning point in 2004 when her Outreach Worker suggested she attend Single Mom’s Camp to give her a break from her constant stress, and for her three kids (ages 1, 7 and 9) to have a rare summer holiday.
“Single Mom’s Camp was an oasis,” says Corrie-ann now.
While she connected with…
Empowering Our Future Leaders
When Ibtisam Saeed first landed in Canada eight years ago after leaving Saudi Arabia, her immediate reaction was, “This is a cold country!” But the cool, damp spring of Waterloo Region was the least of the 16-year-old’s worries.
“I wanted to make friends and fit in,” she says now.
But how? Saeed didn’t speak English, and everything about Canada seemed overwhelming and indecipherable. That is, until a YMCA staff member visited her English language class and convinced her to attend a…
Responding to the Needs of Our Youth
The major issues affecting our communities, and our world, are not lost on today’s youth. They want to make a difference and take on these challenges, but they often feel ill-equipped and disconnected.
Building on the “Me to We” concept, EPYC (Empowering Proactive Youth and Communities) designed a program to connect youth to community, provide them with mentoring opportunities and help them realize that their skills and ideas have value.
In our local high schools, students with mental health challenges are facing a harsh reality. If they don’t fit within specific guidelines of a diagnosis, they are left to fend for themselves, often resulting in chronic absenteeism, disconnecting from school...