The Pointe-Saint-Charles Y centre has been in the community since 1979 and serves southwest Montreal, primarily Pointe-Saint-Charles, Little Burgundy and Saint-Henri. The needs and the make-up of these traditionally working-class neighbourhoods have gradually changed with the influx of new residents, including people from a variety of cultural backgrounds.
The Pointe-Saint-Charles Y works closely with schools, community associations, the city of Montreal and numerous local groups and organizations that have long been involved in the vitality of the neighbourhood. Out of a desire to provide youth with the tools they need to become responsible adults, the Pointe-Saint-Charles Y centre created a Kid Zone for 6 to 12-year-olds and a Youth Zone for those aged 13 to 17. They are aimed at empowering young people through sports, recreational and educational activities that promote the values of peace and mutual assistance. The centre also runs a highly successful homework help program, a summer day camp and sports teams.
The centre is also responsible for the Éco-quartier and encourages people to make environmentally responsible choices. As well, it also manages the Tandem crime prevention program. For seniors, the centre offers a wide range of educational, social and empowerment activities.
Since 2006, the Pointe-Saint-Charles Y centre has had a brand new multi-purpose gym that boasts the very latest in fitness equipment. It offers fitn ess classes and a number of activities as well as personal trainers. The Pointe-Saint-Charles Y centre enjoys the outstanding support of more nearly 50 volunteers and many donors. Close to 10,000 people use its programs and services every year.