Grande Prairie Region YMCA

Virtual Y is an afterschool literacy program delivered through the YMCA within the community of Grande Prairie. The purpose of the program is to create an environment in which children can feel safe, valued and heard. Delivered in an area where there are few resources or services available, Virtual Y has helped children - many of whom have experienced abuse and neglect in their lives - develop emotionally, socially, and academically. The Virtual Y depends on $80,000 in annual community support to fund this program.

The program has seen significant success since its implementation, we have received feedback from both teachers and parents that homework completion levels are up, attendance has improved and children are more attentive while in class. Students that would before disturb others or not pay attention in class are volunteering to help others and are beginning to seek out leadership roles.

Virtual Y - At a Glance


  • YMCA values and social skill development
  • Recreation and activities
  • Team-building and cooperative games
  • Homework help and literacy activities
  • Nutritional coaching


  • Community-based recreational activity
  • Theme-based activities (based on participants’ choice)


  • Service learning project
  • Parent event (family team-building event/game night)
  • Excursions (special events and community events)
Program Objectives

Virtual Y program focuses on developing and strengthening the 40 Developmental Assets, the building blocks of healthy development that help kids grow up healthy in spirit, mind and body.

During the program’s duration, children (6-12 years) will:

  • Increase time spent reading, writing and completing academic work through individual tutoring and attention;
  • Engage in active community service;
  • Participate in recreational activities and develop positive lifestyle choices. Virtual Y does not have registration fees, thereby ensuring that every child has access, regardless of his or her financial situation.
Learn More

For more information contact the Grande Prairie Region Head Office at (780) 539-YMCA (9622).

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