Critical Issues affecting our communities:
More than 300,000 people in Metro Vancouver report they are socially isolated with a significant number having no people in their networks in which to confide.
The more connected we are to family and community; the less likely we are to experience heart attacks, strokes, cancer and depression. Connected people sleep better at night. They live longer. They consistently report being happier.
The after school hours are a critical time for children. Many kids spend this time alone even though 92% of them say they would rather play with friends than watch television.
Every month, more than one-third of children in grades 4 to 7 are bullied or bully others.
Suicide is the second leading cause of death among youth ages 15-24.
The significant diversity of the Lower Mainland population can present barriers to making social connections.
Social isolation affects 10% of seniors in the Lower Mainland.
Community support systems are not keeping up with changing demographics and family structures.
We believe there are neighbourhoods within the Lower Mainland that are underserved. That's why we will extend our reach through physical and social infrastructure aimed at filling these gaps.
We believe technological connectedness is not and cannot be a replacement for in-person experiences. That's why we offer warm, safe and welcoming environments free of discrimination where people can feel connected and engaged to their community, and to each other.
We believe everyone deserves a chance to reach his or her potential. That's why we remove financial barriers to life-enhancing Y programming for those that couldn't otherwise afford to participate.
We believe social isolation is a complex problem that requires us to work with others to find effective solutions. That's why we collaborate with organizations, government and individuals to build more connected and engaged communities.