National awareness day focuses on youth mental health and intentional connections
TORONTO, June 4, 2021 – On Friday, June 4, Canada’s Queen of R&B / Soul, international recording artist, multi-Juno award winning, stage and television actress Jully Black will join BGC Clubs across the country to celebrate Unplug to Connect by unplugging from connections that cause stress and plugging into connections that promote wellness.
As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, young people, families, and Clubs are faced with many challenges. Fatigue around social distancing, isolation, and living in the virtual world for school, work, and to connect with family and friends is taking its toll on our mental health.
For this year’s Unplug to Connect national awareness day, BGC Canada (formerly Boys & Girls Clubs of Canada) is celebrating the positive connections that our Clubs continue to create with young people and families in 775 communities nationwide during this trying time.
We are excited to announce that Jully Black will be hosting an #UnplugToConnect Instagram Live session with some of BGC Canada’s Youth of the Year Club members on Friday, June 4 @ 7:00 p.m EDT. Watch on Jully’s Instagram @missjullyblack.
As a BGC alumni and ambassador for our annual Unplug to Connect day, Jully will candidly talk with our youth about mental health, the importance of BGC Clubs in communities, and the power that young people have to shape our future.
“We are thrilled to have Jully Black join us again for Unplug to Connect to showcase some incredible young leaders and the positive impact of our Clubs,” says Owen Charters, President & CEO, BGC Canada. “Although so much of our lives are online right now, we have seen that positive virtual connections, like those between young people and their Club staff, mentors, and peers, can reduce stress and build confidence at a time when we are all struggling with distancing and lockdowns. On June 4, we look forward to showing the strength of those connections.”
On June 4, across our @bgccan social media channels (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter), BGC Canada will be highlighting Club stories, intentional connections, and how our Clubs directly contribute to positive mental health for young people.
About BGC Canada
For 120+ years, BGC Canada has been creating opportunities for millions of Canadian kids and teens. As Canada’s largest child and youth serving charitable and community services organization, our Clubs open their doors to young people of all ages and their families at 775 locations nationwide. During out-of-school hours in small and large cities, and rural and Indigenous communities, our trained staff and volunteers provide programs and services that help young people realize positive outcomes in self-expression, academics, healthy living, physical activity, job readiness, mental health, social development, leadership, and more. Opportunity changes everything. Learn more at bgccan.com and follow us on social media @BGCCAN.
Jared Morrow, Media Relations Manager