RBC pledges $100,000 over two years to WES for Youth Online

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BROCKTON – RBC has pledged $100,000 over two years to WES for Youth Online.

The donation will support technology-based costs associated with the “Road to Redevelopment” support network project that offers youth social and emotional support across the mental health continuum, including digital counselling, peer support and transition/workforce reintegration programs.

The WES for Youth Online “Road to Redevelopment” project delivers free virtual counselling provided by qualified and appropriately trained professionals, to Ontario youth aged 13-24.

This is done by engaging youth in a positive environment to connect with mental and emotional health support. That support is easily accessed, timely and interactive.

The benefits of providing youth with a place to connect with mental and emotional health support are many. They include building resilience in youth in our communities, building self-esteem and confidence, fostering hope for the future, building skills to cope with change, building skills to cope with emotional implications of uncertainty and loss, learning to manage change and the unexpected, skills to manage grief and anger, skills to manage anxiety and depression, learning to adapt and be flexible, and building entrepreneurial and innovation skills.

WES stands for Wellness and Emotional Support, for youth, online. In 2020, 832 youth in 169 communities received 1,757 hours of counselling. Visit www.wesforyouthonline.ca for more information.

Pauline Kerr, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Walkerton Herald Times