The leap from elementary to junior high can be tough, and many kids need extra support to help them succeed. That’s why YMCA of Northern Alberta and Grande Prairie Public School Division (GPPSD)
are excited to roll out a program for students in grades 5 and 6 at three local schools, thanks to the generous financial support of $50,000 from TD Bank Group, funded through TD Ready Commitment. This collaboration will bring the YMCA’s well-established youth support programming to Hillside Community School, Maude Clifford Public School and Crystal Park School.

This funding will allow the YMCA to help students in grades 5 and 6 develop skills and tools for a successful move into junior high. The program uses one-on-one support, self-improvement workshops and recreational, artistic and cultural activities to ignite the students’ potential and prepare them for the next stage in their educational journey.

This collaboration between the YMCA, GPPSD, and TD underscores the importance of community partnerships in enriching educational opportunities for students in Grande Prairie. The program being offered by the YMCA is also funded in part by the Northwestern Alberta Foundation and Weyerhaeuser Giving Fund. For more information, please visit

Information provided by Grande Prairie Public School Division

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