The YMCA of Northern B.C. will be giving free memberships to all Grade 6 students across Prince George.
It’s a 2015 Canada Winter Games legacy program designed to support the health and well-being of youth in the community.
“Grade 6 marks a pivotal age where youth need a place to belong, feel safe, explore and grow,” said Amanda Alexander, YMCA CEO, in a press release. “Our Grade 6 initiative has the potential of dramatically impacting youth by introducing a healthy lifestyle, supporting healthy peer connections and providing an opportunity to engage in exercise as a means to not only be physically healthy, but also as a way to reduce stress and increase mental wellness.”
Programs at the YMCA of Northern B.C. incorporate the principles of the nationally developed YMCA Healthy Adolescent Development curriculum, which provides youth with the space to gain developmental skills, explore their interests, and celebrate their skills and passions.