About Us

Our Mission

Partners For Youth Inc. engages youth who are facing challenges in their lives and assists them in becoming capable, connected, and contributing members of their communities. We achieve our mission by developing innovative programs and services that promote experiential learning in safe, supportive, and rewarding environments. Our work is done in collaboration with public, private, and not for profit partners.


Partners for Youth Inc. was founded in 1994 by the Hon. Jim Ross. Appointed to the Senate of Canada in 1990, Mr. Ross served almost three years before resigning his seat to begin the task of building our organization. His goal was to create a provincial, non-profit, community-based organization tasked with developing pragmatic and effective support programs for youth and youth at risk. Over 20 years later, our programs help young people make healthy lifestyle choices, find and grow their strengths, and build important leadership skills.

In 2000, Mr. Ross was awarded the Order of Canada for his work in creating our organisation. He continues to provide us with active support and holds the position of Founder and Chairperson Emeritus on our Board of Directors. In 2009, Mr. Ross was inducted in the New Brunswick Business Hall of Fame. He is a three time Rotary Club Paul Harris Award recipient and received the Learning Partnership Champion in Education Award in 2012.

Founder and Chairperson Emeritus: The Hon. Jim Ross


Special Advisor: Bernard Richard, former Child and Youth Advocate of New Brunswick and British Columbia respectively

Our Board of Directors

Jessica Melanson, President
Mike Joyce, Past President
Lynne Lenihan, Vice President
Steve Holland, Vice President
Michel Landry, Treasurer
Bev Gaudet, Director
Andrew Lockhart, Director
Rosalie Barlow, Director
Pam Lynch, Director
Amy Ross, Director
Daniel Caplin, Director
Folusho Iyaniwura, Director

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