Supporting social connectivity and empowerment for young adults in Canmore.
Young adults living and working in the Bow Valley often face challenges unique to their age group. Along with finding secure housing and dealing with a high cost of living, building lasting relationships with what is often a transient, seasonal peer group can be difficult. Making strong connections can be hard, so many young people don’t set down roots and simply leave.
The Canmore Young Adult Network (CYAN) is addressing these challenges. CYAN is designed to build meaningful social connections between young adults aged 18-35 by providing opportunities for networking, social engagement, and affordable, active recreation. These connections help to combat social isolation, enhance well-being, and cultivate a strong support network. The Wim and Pauw Foundation donated $5,000 for CYAN to increase their programming.
“Our goal is to strengthen both the individual lives of young adults and the fabric of the Canmore community as a whole,” said Nicole Eplett, CYAN’s Director of Operations. “This donation from the Foundation means we can expand our programs, mitigate financial barriers, and give people opportunities they might otherwise not have. Young people are essential to our community and are the foundation of a large segment of the workforce.”
The Foundation’s gift allows CYAN to offer free weekly yoga sessions and regular, affordable mountain bike lessons and maintenance classes. Not only do these activities promote physical and mental well-being, but they also foster social connections, build confidence, and create a sense of belonging among participants. Facing some of the highest costs of living in Alberta, affordable opportunities are essential for many young people in the Bow Valley.
Due to the popularity of their events, CYAN aims to expand its reach, diversify its programs, and deepen its impact by engaging more young adults, forging new partnerships, and championing initiatives that contribute to the overall well-being and growth of Canmore’s young adult community.
CYAN has made a significant impact in Canmore by creating a supportive and inclusive environment for young adults. By building strong connections and empowering young adult voices, CYAN plays a pivotal role in the lives of many people that choose to live in the Bow Valley.
Learn more about CYAN by visiting their website and signing up for their newsletter.