The Interior Savings Community Investment Fund has awarded CMHA Kelowna’s Connected By 25 (CB25) youth program $4,898 to purchase equipment that will provide youth at-risk with tools and skills for life while creating opportunities for social connection and inclusion through activity.
Connected By 25 is focused on connecting youth vulnerable in their transition to adulthood, to the services and supports needed to live a successful life. Mental illness can profoundly impact every aspect of a young person’s life including their ability to socialize, to focus, to problem-solve, and to cope with everyday stressors. This combined with the normal challenges of adolescence put young people with mental illness at-risk of falling through the cracks.
“Support from Interior Savings allows us to acquire equipment for group activities which provide young people with increased access to opportunities where they can connect with others, build relationships, a sense of belonging and inclusion, while building skills in a fun and safe environment,” says Mike Gawliuk, Director of Program Innovation & Service Delivery, CMHA Kelowna.
Interior Savings’ Community Investment Fund provides one-time funding to support the development or expansion of sustainable programs that improve community wellbeing, particularly in the areas of youth, health and economic development.
“We’re thrilled to lend our support to CMHA Kelowna and the Connected by 25 program,” says Kathy Conway, CEO of Interior Savings. “It’s rewarding to know that our investment is helping local youth connect with the people, services and supports they need, at a time when they really need it.”
With community need growing rapidly and no government funding of this program, community support such as Interior Savings’ is more important than ever. CMHA Kelowna is a charitable organization committed to mental health and wellness in our community through advocacy, education, research and service. For more information about CMHA programs and services or to learn how you can help, please call 250-861-3644 or visit our website at www.cmhakelowna.org