YMCA receives $683,700 Trillium Foundation grant


The YMCA Beyond the Bell program is a free after school program for grade school children. By working closely with teachers, the individual challenges of each child are identified, understood and a preventative plan of action is put in place, helping children improve literacy and numeracy skills, build social skills, develop self-confidence and experience new opportunities. The program provides the children with the tools and support they need to help close the achievement gap experience by low-income children, and develop a stronger and more successful future.

The grant will be used over a three-year period to continue the support of three existing YMCA Beyond the Bell sites, and will help program expansion to Walpole Island Elementary School in 2018 and another unconfirmed location in 2019. YMCA Beyond the Bell programs are currently offered at P.E. McGibbon Public School in Sarnia, A.A. Wright Public School in Wallaceburg and St. Agnes School in Chatham.

If interested in donating to this program, please contact YMCA VP-Heather Forbes at heather.forbes@swo.ymca.ca