Youth Supports

It’s your future. Make it better and brighter.

Want to expand your horizons or need to get your life back on track? We’re here for you. The Y’s youth support programs are all about empowering young people to be the best they can be regardless of circumstance. You can:

  • Get training and mentorship to help you become a community leader
  • Go on exchange programs to help you experience more of Canada
  • Build self-esteem and gain confidence at Teen Nights
  • Get counselling, support and housing to help you overcome life challenges
  • Attend alternative education programs tailored to your needs

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    Housing Support - Grande Prairie

    The YMCA offers a variety of programs aimed at strengthening the foundations of community, from outreach programs to housing support services. For more information, check out our community programs and housing initiatives guide.

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    Bridging the Gap - BTG

    Bridging the Gap (BTG) is a 16-week paid employment readiness program for youth between the ages of 15-30 years. During the 16 weeks we covering career planning, job search skills, resumes and cover letters, life skills, computer training, financial literacy, stress management, job shadowing, personal development, WHMIS and First Aid & CPR certifications. In addition, each participant will receive a 3 month YMCA membership pass.

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    YMCA Strong Kids - Donate Today!

    The YMCA Strong Kids Campaign is the annual campaign to raise funds and awareness of community needs. The campaign funds are used to assist people in gaining access to YMCA programs and services to help improve and enhance their lives. No one is turned away due to the inability to pay!