For over 40 years, YMCA of Northern Alberta has affected positive change and promoted human development globally through collaboration with YMCA Bogotá, Colombia and YMCA Ukraine.
As a direct result of generous donors and dedicated staff and volunteers, YMCA of Northern Alberta has shared ideas, created awareness and financially supported the important work happening in Bogotá, Colombia and Ukraine. Communities are becoming safer every day and there continues to be amazing stories of resilience, change and hope in young lives.
All YMCA global initiatives focus on nurturing the potential of children and youth, promoting healthy living and fostering social responsibility through civic engagement.
Building dreams and a better future for youth: Valentina's story
20-year-old Valentina has been through a lot as a young adult. Her parents were abusive and often fought in front of her and her younger sister. Thankfully, YMCA Bogotá was her saving grace.
"My parents wanted to turn me in somewhere, as they said that I had gotten out of hand – so on October 2, 2015, I eventually made the decision to leave the house and was determined to not come back."
Transforming the lives of youth: Daniela's story
Daniela was morbidly obese at the age of 10. Often bullied in school, she would often close herself off to most people. Then, her school counsellor sent her to YMCA Bogotá for support.
"I began to experience bullying and cyberbullying, which affected me even more, and resulted in me falling into a deep depression. My school counselor realized what was happening to me and could see how depressed I was, so sent me to the YMCA workshops."