Brockville – RNJ Youth Services is pleased to announce it has received a Bell Let’s Talk Community Fund
grant totalling $15,000 to support the Connections Program – Mental Health for YOUth, a one of a kind
program delivered in partnership with the Brockville Police Service.
“Connections supports youth in grade 6-12 who reside in the Counties of Lanark, Leeds and Grenville,
who are disengaged from the school system,” said Sue Poldervaart, Executive Director, RNJ Youth
Services. “These youth are experiencing various struggles which have an impact on school success.
Through collaboration with the school board, community service partners, and staff, we are able to
work together to improve educational outcomes and personal well-being for these youth and their
families. We are very appreciative of this support from Bell Let’s Talk which will allow the program to
continue to help these most-deserving youth overcome challenges and reach their goals.
“The Connections program was started to engage youth who are going through a tough time and are
falling through the cracks of our systems,” stated Cst. Mark Heffernan. “We are here to give them what
they need to succeed in overcoming their current challenges by providing them with the support, tools
and confidence to succeed with their education and thrive in their life. Our vision is one. We believe we
are all born with extreme potential to have fulfilling lives and do great things! We are committed with
an unwavering determination to never give up on any youth and help them realize the greatness that
they have within them.”
“Bell Let’s Talk is very proud to support RNJ Youth Services’ Connections Program – Mental Health for
YOUth,” said Mary Deacon, Chair of Bell Let’s Talk. “The 2017 Bell Let’s Talk Community Fund provided
70 grants to support programs providing mental health services in communities around the country.
With our recent announcement of doubling the fund, we look forward to supporting the work of many
more groups like RNJ Youth Services in 2018.”