Local youth mental wellness programs receive funding

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Three Yukon organizations are receiving $400,000 in funding from the Yukon government’s Youth Mental Wellness Grant for programs that promote youth mental wellness.

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The Boys & Girls Club of Yukon, BYTE – Empowering Youth Society, the Heart of Riverdale Community Centre and the Youth of Today Society will receive a total of $272,000 in funding. This is in addition to the operational funding received by these organizations.

Nine other youth-serving organizations across the Yukon will receive a total of $128,000 for a range of projects that will support mental wellness amongst Yukon youth.

The Youth Mental Wellness Grant is providing funding for projects that demonstrate the use of the 40 Developmental Assets Model identified by the Search Institute and adapted for the Yukon. These development assets are values, traits and experiences that are essential to a young person’s success. The more assets young people have, the more likely they are to thrive, to make healthy choices and to avoid harmful behaviours.

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