FILE - Warm weather brought skateboarders out to Glendale Skate Park on March 12, 2016. (Photo by BLACK PRESS)

FILE - Warm weather brought skateboarders out to Glendale Skate Park on March 12, 2016. (Photo by BLACK PRESS)

YMCA’s Skatepark Mentorship program expands in Red Deer

Northside Community Centre YMCA program available at city skateboard parks

Mentors from the Northside Community Centre YMCA will be reaching out to youth at the Glendale Skatepark from now until September.

Weather permitting, mentors will be on-site to help children and youth find belonging in their community and develop their skateboard, BMX and scooter skills.

“The Glendale Skatepark attracted many young people in the neighbourhood, many of whom would benefit not only from supervision, but also from mentorship by one of our qualified staff,” said Amy Komarniski at the Northside Community Centre YMCA in a statement.

“Youth who often have nowhere to go after school are in need of guidance and support from role models who understand their circumstances. The program is a great way for kids to find belonging and do what interests them.”

The YMCA’s Skatepark Mentorship program will also be available at the downtown Red Deer Skatepark in July and August.

A $100,000 donation from Border Paving Ltd. will allow the mentorship program to continue at the Glendale Skatepark, located beside the Northside Community Centre YMCA, as well as fund the satellite program at the downtown skatepark next to Rotary Park.

For more information about the Northside Community Centre YMCA’s Skatepark Mentorship program and the partnership with Central Alberta Skatepark Association, visit northernalberta.ymca.ca/skatepark.



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