Featuring: Amber Grosse
Program Coordinator, YMCA Community Action Network
The Black Business Initiative’s Black to Business Winter Magazine featured Amber Grosse in their “Celebrating 20 Years of Business is Jammin’ (BIJ)” feature. Amber had previously worked with the Black Business Initiative (BIJ) as Youth Coordinator until December of 2017. Shortly after her time with BIJ, she came to the YMCA Community Action Network as Program Coordinator. The YMCA Community Action Network (YCAN) is a national program under the Canada Service Corps; it is a youth-led initiative. Participants identify needs in their community and create service projects to address them, gaining employable skills throughout their journey. The YMCA’s role is to reduce barriers to participation and engage with youth who may not otherwise have the chance to participate in a service project.
Through the YMCA Amber has been able to travel to Ontario, Vancouver, Winnipeg, and Manitoba with YCAN. Amber has led two cohorts with YCAN. The first was with BIJ, Akoma Centre and the Black Cultural Centre for Nova Scotia where the youth collaborated on a community garden.
In 2019, Amber will be working with NSCC with the Women Unlimited 14-week program. We thank Amber for her continued success with YCAN, and can’t wait to see the upcoming cohort.