YWCA Moncton In St. John’s: YWCA St. John's Forges Ahead with Renewal

23 July 2013
July 23, 2012 ST. JOHN’S, NL – YWCA Canada’s ongoing commitment to work with the local community to re-establish the presence of the YWCA in St. John’s is taking major steps forward.

On Wednesday, July 25th, Thrive Community Youth Network will host YWCA GirlSpace, a signature YWCA leadership development program for girls. The one-day event includes modules on identity, positive communication, embodying positive energy and taking action. The day will end with girls placing posters with positive messages about girls in public spaces around St. John’s.

"As a local organization working with vulnerable young women, Thrive is thrilled to be able to partner with YWCA Moncton and the dynamic YWCA St. John's Renewal Team to bring a program that will further support young women in our city, " said Ellie Jones, Director of Educational Initiatives, Thrive CYN.

Beth Lyons, Youth Programs Manager, YWCA Moncton said, “the YWCA movement is committed to expanding its services and programs in Atlantic Canada, and YWCA Moncton is pleased to be able to support the momentum that is building in St. John's.

A community action group formed as part of consultations lead by YWCA’s national office, confirming the need for continued YWCA programming in St. John’s had their first meeting on July 19. The group adopted the name YWCA St. John's Renewal Team.

YWCA Canada hired Wendolyn Schlamp as the local Outreach Consultant to coordinate the work of re- establishment in the community, guided by dedicated members of the Renewal Team. The ongoing commitment of YWCA Canada includes significant financial investment to continue working with key stakeholders to revive the programs and services of the YWCA in the St. John’s community and beyond.

About YWCA Canada:

YWCA Canada is the country’s oldest largest women's multi-service organization. YWCA is the largest national provider of shelter to women, serving 25,000 women, children and teen girls including 6,000 fleeing domestic violence each year. We are the largest provider of literacy, life skills, employment and counseling programs in the country, and the second largest provider of childcare services.

For more information about YWCA Canada and our Member Associations, visit www.ywcacanada.ca or find us on Twitter @YWCA_Canada or Facebook at www.facebook.com/ywcacanada.

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For more information or to arrange an interview with Ellie Jones, Beth Lyons or Wendolyn Schlamp please contact YWCA Canada (709-697-5244).