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Youth program boosted by United Way

The cash was raised at the charity hockey game
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The Youth Wellness Hub in Timmins has received $10,000 from the United Way Centraide North East Ontario. Supplied photo

A new youth program in Timmins has received a big boost.

The United Way has donated $10,000 to the Youth Wellness Hub, a space for people aged 12 to 25. The program runs twice a week in various locations in the city.

“UWCNEO believes in a community where children and youth have the opportunities to reach their potential,” said Jennifer Gorman, United Way Centraide North East Ontario (UWCNEO) manager of Cochrane and Timiskaming districts, in a statement.

“Ensuring that resources and opportunities are available locally to help youth build resiliency, self-esteem and a sense of belonging are essential. The Youth Wellness Hub was co-created for youth by youth. It’s a place where everyone is welcome and will continue to grow and evolve based on feedback from youth.”

UWCNEO executive director Michael Cullen noted it allows youth access to nutritious food, counselling, peer mentorship, along with mental health services.

“Less than one in four Canadian children in need of mental health support actually receive it. We all have a role in helping kids succeed. By working together, we can leverage opportunities that encourage leadership, mentorship, recreation and social opportunities,” he said.

Gorman said the cash for the announcement is from the money raised at the charity hockey game sponsored by Bell Let’s Talk in September. On the ice, the Sudbury Wolves faced off against the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies.