YU Chat – for Youth

CONTACT Dave Armstrong – Executive Director darmstrong@highlandsyfc.com (M) 416.624.3326 

Youth Unlimited | YFC Highlands Announces “YU Chat” voice and text service 

Orangeville, ON, April 20, 2020: Youth Unlimited | YFC Highlands announces the launch of “YU Chat”, a voice and text service, offering an easy way for youth to connect with caring adults in response to the COVID19 pandemic. “Our team of staff and volunteers are absolutely brilliant at interacting with youth. Until recently, this has been facilitated mostly through face to face programming”, says Executive Director, Dave Armstrong. “In our current climate of physical distancing, we wanted to make sure we maintained social connection with not only the youth we currently serve but also extend connection to those we don’t.” Youth will be able to reach YU Chat using a phone at 1-800-991-8984 or through a web chat portal yuchat.ca . Initially, service will be focused on youth in communities across Central Ontario and Muskoka and available from Noon to Midnight, Monday – Friday

“This project has been under consideration for some time but when the COVID19 pandemic hit, it increased our resolve and sense of urgency”, said project leader, Amy Thompson. Funding is currently covered through donations of time and money as well as through the generous support of program partners. The phone system technology is being provided free-of-charge until the end of June by Unite Communications (unite.ca). “The company’s President, Brian Presement, understands the critical importance of the work we do and wanted to be part of the solution”, said Thompson, “we are so very grateful.” 

ABOUT YOUTH UNLIMITED | YFC HIGHLANDS Youth Unlimited | YFC Highlands is a chapter of Youth for Christ Canada. It is based in Orangeville, Ontario and serves youth in communities north of the 401 from Guelph to Parry Sound-Muskoka. Youth Unlimited exists to see “every young person achieve their full life potential” and has been serving in the area for over forty years primarily through The Door youth centres. Programs are designed to connect with youth aged 10 and up in areas of interest, such as sports, arts, or gaming. Safe, supervised environments allow relationships to be formed with caring adults, creating space for discussions about school, relationships, or current life issues. 

FOR INQUIRIES, PLEASE CONTACT Youth Unlimited | YFC Highlands Dave Armstrong – Executive Director 9 Centre St Box 21 darmstrong@highlandsyfc.com Orangeville, ON L9W 2Z5 (M) 416.624.3326 https://highlandsyfc.com 

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