Second-graders hold their heads as they talk about "thoughts" and how they compare with "feelings" and resulting "actions," at Paw Paw Elementary School on Thursday, Dec. 2, 2021, in Paw Paw, Michigan. Their teacher is one of many in the school trained to use a curriculum created at the University of Michigan called TRAILS. Research suggests TRAILS lessons for at-risk kids can reduce depression and improve coping skills — something district officials say has been particularly important during the pandemic. (AP Photo/Martha Irvine)

YMCA helps spread joy and spark change in March

During the month of March, YMCA of Northern Alberta will run a campaign to help raise money for youth.

The organization is taking on a campaign to help young people stand strong in the face of adversity and be there when communities really need them — now and in the future.

March is the YMCA Month of Giving, where the nonprofit aims to raise $150,000 to go towards offering children, individuals and families the opportunities they need stay healthy, connected and thriving.

“What we’ve seen in our community and heard from the people we’ve positively impacted is that people in our community need the Y,” says YMCA of Northern Alberta CEO Nick Parkinson. “And the Y relies on donations from generous, kind-hearted people who place an importance on helping their neighbours get healthy, find support and succeed in all areas of life.”

For more information, visit to learn more about the YMCA and to give your gift to your community now.