Office of the Premier / Regional Development Corporation

Funding for new youth resource centre (05/02/28)

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Feb. 28, 2005

MONCTON (CNB) - The Province of New Brunswick is investing $310,000 toward the establishment of Youth QUEST Central, a new youth resource centre to serve at-risk youth in the Greater Moncton region, Premier Bernard Lord announced today.

"Investing in people and strategic infrastructure are keys to improving quality of life for young New Brunswickers," Lord said. "This announcement will help strengthen services available for youth in the Moncton area."

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Youth QUEST Central is designed to be a welcoming, safe, non-threatening one-stop/central entry point for at-risk/homeless youth ages 16 to 24 in the greater Moncton area. Youth QUEST Central will promote connectivity and social inclusion for at risk youth by linking young people with specific resources, services, and individuals that will assist them in achieving their full potential.

"We would like to thank Premier Lord for his generous support and validation of Youth QUEST Central," said Mel Kennah, executive director of Moncton Youth Residences Inc., the charitable organization responsible for Youth QUEST Central. The provincial government's significant financial contribution to our capital campaign will help to create options for young people and empower them to make more effective choices. The government is adding value to the community by moving Youth QUEST Central from vision to reality."

The $1.35 million centre, to be located at the former #2 Fire Station at the corner of St. George and Robinson Streets, will give youth space to articulate their circumstances, make more effective choices about their future and find tools to solve their own problems. Youth QUEST Central will also provide an opportunity for government and community agencies to serve their youth clientele in one location.

Youth QUEST Central is under the direction of Moncton Youth Residences Inc., a charitable organization which provides care and guidance to children and youth between 10 and nineteen years of age who have social, emotional, and behavioural problems.

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MEDIA CONTACT: Chisholm Pothier, Office of the Premier, 506-444-2286; Mel Kennah, executive director, Moncton Youth Residences Inc., 506-869-6340

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