YMAP Youth show their “Never Stop Learning!” attitude as summer begins

YMAP Volunteers

YMAP Volunteers

Did you know!?

That school is not out entirely for the summer? There are many high school students who have chosen to complete another full course during the month of July through either the Calgary Catholic School District, or the partnership between Chinook Learning Services and the Calgary Board of Education.

For newcomer youth to Canada, Summer School provides an opportunity for students to continue growing in their English Language abilities as well as to fulfill the pre-requisites for upcoming courses in the Fall. The YMCA Achievement Program (YMAP; an after-school community program for developing skills and leadership in newcomer youth) ends its fall/winter programs at the end of the school year. What’s unique is that YMAP continues to make an impact on our youth by offering YMAP students to apply for the Summer Explorer’s program.

The program breaks down into 2 parts:

1)    By providing financial assistance as well as weekly support for the duration of their school course, students are able to complete courses that they may not have been able to complete otherwise due to constraints on time during the school year.

2)     For the month of August, students are required to complete a minimum of 20 hours of volunteering throughout Calgary, with various not-for-profit organizations and with community festivals. These hours will be building blocks for youth getting connected to the city, their communities, and other youth who desire to volunteer.

The next 2 months will be filled with accomplishment, growth, and loads of fun as we set out to read textbooks and give back to this city!