YMCA Community Action Network (YCAN)

Lead the Way!

Team up with your peers, develop projects in response to the need of your local community and we will help bring your project to life.

Program Objectives

The YMCA Community Action Network (YCAN) is an innovative national program

  1. Engaging leaders across Canada to address community needs through service projects.
  2. Supporting youth with opportunities to identify and execute a local service project that is meaningful to them
  3. Enhancing employability skills in youth through their local project execution and experience.

YCAN is a good fit for you if:

  • You are between the ages of 13-30.
  • You are a Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or person who has been granted refugee status in Canada.
  • You are passionate about learning new skills, building community connections, and making a difference in your community.

What you gain from YCAN:

  • You are able to get volunteer hours.
  • You will learn a lot of employability skills.
  • You can potentially also gain High School Credits.

Submit your expression of interest

CLICK HERE to see the project overview.

The YMCA has established 13 delivery sites across the country in partnership with local YMCA associations with the YMCA of Greater Toronto acting as the coordinating association. Check out the YCAN Communities here.

For more information, contact

Kendra Gautreau (she/her)
k.gautreau@saintjohny.ca  | 506-333-5550

Bus Navigation Guide

This summers YCAN Youth have been busy designing a Bus Navigation Guide to support new riders! We would like to say thank you to the organizations and service providers that have agreed to display the guides at their sites, you are helping ignite potential in others.

If there are any organizations that would like to have some, please contact Kendra at k.gautreau@saintjohny.ca.

Click here for Bus Navigation Guide: https://swnb.ymca.ca/wp-content/uploads/2023/10/YCAN-Transit-Guide-Updated.pdf