After 25 years of service within the community, YouthNet announced it will cease its operations due to the current economic climate and the unprecedented impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.
A statement released by the charity said: “It is with deep regret that, after 25 years of service within the community, YouthNet will cease its operations.
“YouthNet was established in 1996, and quickly became a valued partner with schools island-wide, providing all levels of mentoring ranging from traditional mentoring and peer mentoring, sports mentoring to work-site mentoring programmes.
“The charity also partnered with several other non-profit organisations within Bermuda’s community in its efforts to meaningfully impact and transform the lives of our residents.”
The charity’s former Executive Director of the charity, Clare Mello added: “For the past 25 years, YouthNet has served thousands of students.
“Through building meaningful relationships, hundreds of volunteer mentors have worked to bring out the best in our students by providing them with the encouragement and support needed to succeed. We sincerely thank them for their dedication and continued efforts over the years.”
The statement continued: “Bermuda’s economic climate and fundraising has been challenging for the non-profit sector. These factors, coupled with the unprecedented impact of COVID-19, has led to the decision to wind up.
“The Board and former staff of YouthNet are proud of the accomplishments achieved throughout the community over the years. It has been an honor to be able to serve Bermuda, and it would not have been possible, without the participation and support of the many volunteers, school officials, donors, community partners, and the YouthNet team.
“Enquiries can be directed to Clare Mello at firstname.lastname@example.org.”