Photo: Shari Okeke, CBC

A recent article by CBC News in Montreal focuses on the experience of Kiara, a 14-year-old member of the West Island YMCA in Montreal.

For Kiara, the Y’s teen centre, “D-Zone,” has provided more than just free activities. The staff at the centre have been like a second family to her, supporting her through challenging times and cheering on her accomplishments – so much so that Kiara hopes to one day join the centre’s staff to help others like her.

Read her full story and listen to a radio story about the centre on the CBC News Montreal website.