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18 February 2019

YMCA St Paul’s Group is backing the YMCA England & Wales campaign #TruthAboutMe. It’s about empowering young people in our communities who face difficulties in their lives and supporting them to flourish. We want to help them by giving them a safe place to stay, the ability to fulfil their potential and act as someone that they can trust. Many young people aged 16-24 face issues around mental health, body image, loneliness and unemployment.

It’s clear that many young people today are making healthier life choices. Less likely to drink and smoke, they are staying in education longer and are generally clean living, qualified, and driven young people making positive decisions about their future. But…they are still facing some tough challenges. Mental health difficulties, body image anxieties, isolation, loneliness and the transition from education to employment are all impacting on the success of our future generation.

#TruthAboutMe – overcoming challenges

As a charity for young people, it is our aim to support young people through whatever challenges they are facing. YMCAs across the UK are delivering localised services in 740 communities and campaigning as the voice of young people. As a federation, YMCA supports 630,000 young people each and every year.

#TruthAboutMe tells the story of young people who have overcome their own personal challenges and with true determination and a little helping hand are now reaching their full potential.

YMCA St Paul’s Group is calling out directly to the young people we engage with to ask “What’s your truth?”, “How can we help to make a difference?” and “How can we deliver the services that allow young people to succeed?”